About this project
Motion and Time-lapse have long been our area of focus with the original Astro and the Pico Time-lapse trigger, both successfully funded Kickstarter projects that have become widely popular products. Astro Core advances the category by simplifying complex motions, and by adding wireless programing through our smartphone app. (Android and iOS).
The biggest obstacle to motion control is creating a program, since it usually involves complex curves, values and math. We wanted to remove every obstacle so you can focus con creating amazing time-lapses, so we developed what we believe is the most intuitive way of creating motion control programs. We call it Gesture Programming.
Use the Astro App to record your desired motion in mid-air, then send the recorded program to Astro Core and it will precisely mimic your moves. It works with one Astro to create panning or tilting programs, or with two Astros to create simultaneous two axes motion.
Astro Core is not limited to gesture programming; in fact it features some of the most powerful features ever in a time-lapse device. With precise control for speed ramping, bulb ramping, ease in and out motion, and HDR time-lapses and presets, you can dive as far as you want into the controls and create unique and precise motion using the intuitive smartphone app.
After you set up your program in the app, send it wirelessly to Astro Core via Bluetooth. Then sit back and enjoy the view while Astro Core does the work!
We have created a platform of accessories that bring tilt and linear motion into the equation for more advanced motion control.
Astro Core works great by itself to create panning or tilting time-lapses, but when you add more Astros and the Linear Mount into the equation, you get endless possibilities. It becomes the first truly portable and affordable 3-axis motion system.
Astro Core is so small you can take it anywhere, and it runs on AA batteries so you don’t have to worry about outlet availability or downtimes.
Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5'' / 9 x 4 cm
Maximum Speed: 120 degrees/minute
Mount Type: 1/4 by 20 Tripod mount
Weight: 0.68 lb / 312 g
Power Source: 2 AA Batteries
Panning Load: 22 lbs / 10 kg
Tilting Load: Centerd Weight 6.6 lb / 3 kg
Connectivity: 2.5mm jack for camera trigger / Bluetooth 4.0 for programming
Astro Core controls your camera via the remote port. This means that it's compatible with thousands of cameras, and as long as your camera has a remote port, Astro will most likely work with it. If you want to see a full list of known compatible camera models click here.
We believe the creative process does not need to be complex. We aim to provide the tools for photographers to reach their maximum level of expression without being limited by the technical complexities. Time-lapse and motion have become such an important part of every production. We feel it is our job to make it simple.
Special thanks to:
Markus Thele - Zugspitze Timelapse
Santiago Lopez - San Francisco Timelapse
Risks and challenges
In 2012, we launched the original Astro Time-lapse and Motion Control on Kickstarter and received an amazing support from over 2000 backers all over the world. Since then, we’ve developed two more photography products: the Linear Mount and the Pico; and now we are working on strengthening our brand through a strategic manufacturing partnership with Versa Electronics.
This partnership is allowing our design team to focus on improving our products and continue developing; while Versa takes on production, distribution, and day to day operations.
We redesigned Astro from the ground up and improved the mechanical and electrical design. We decided to create a very superior version of Astro that would keep only the essential components and allow for modularity. And that is how Astro Core was born.
We have built 30 production prototypes and a baseline app. The funds from this campaign will allow us to meet minimum order quantities and purchase tooling for full production.
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