Fornax LighTrack II Travel Mount for Astrophotography
- This version of the Fornax LighTrack II Travel Mount comes with a polar scope adapter, autoguiding cable, and a car cigarette lighter plug 12v DC cable. You will need to provide a sturdy tripod with a 2- or 3-way adjustable head as well as a ball head to attach your camera to the LighTrack II. We also offer a package that includes a Sky-watcher EQ5 polar scope, and one that includes the EQ5 polar scope and FMW-200 wedge, which would take the place of a 2- or 3-way adjustable head.
The amazing unguided tracking accuracy of the LighTrack II is in its own league. Capturing pin sharp stars at focal lengths of up to 300mm has never been easier, and at average DSLR exposures of 6 minutes or less!
The LighTrack provides you with optimum tracking accuracy due to strict production tolerances and it is guaranteed to stay reliable for years to come. The peak-to-peak unguided tracking error of the LighTrack II is around 2 arcseconds, a significantly lower value than most other products feature. All LighTrack II units are individually calibrated at the factory, so you do not have to worry about the tracking rate. Measuring and adjusting the tracking rate is not an issue anymore, since this unit runs at just the right speed to prevent image trailing.
The housing of the Fornax Light Track II is made of an extremely strong carbon composite that also happens to have a nice feel to it. The rest of the body is made of high quality aluminum alloy that makes the whole construction robust but lightweight. The LightTrack II comes with a center positive, 12V DC connector, the same one used in most telescope mounts. A Mini USB port makes it possible to upgrade the firmware in the future.
A large photo thread (3/8") , which attaches the Fornax LighTrack II to a photo head, is also featured on the unit. A retractable arm holds an optional polarscope. An adapter for a Skywatcher EQ5 or Celestron CG-5 polarscope is included with the device. You just have to add either a Skywatcher EQ5 or a Celestron CG-5 / Adv GT / Adv VX polarscope and you'll be able to more easily polar align the LighTrack II.
Fornax LighTrack II Specifications
Maximum Tracking Time: ~2 hours
Periodic Error: <+/- 1 arc (8 min)
Longest Focal Length Recommended: 300mm
Longest Exposure Duration Recommended: 6 minutes
Weight Capacity: 6 kg
North/South Hemisphere Operation: Yes
Tracking Speeds: Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, Half
Autoguide Input: Yes
Tripod Mount: 3/8" or 1/4" photo thread
Camera (Ballhead) Mount: 3/8" Photo Thread
Dimensions: 280 x 140 x 80mm
Mount Weight: 1.3 kg