About the Vixen Polarie Star Tracker...
We are proud to introduce the Vixen Polarie Star Tracker for Astrophotography. This compact mount platform allows you to capture night scapes and star images with elegance and ease. David Snay writes in Astronomy Technology Today "If you are looking for an ultra-light, portable platform to use for wide field astrophotography, the Polarie definitely deserves serious consideration."
Set up is simple and fast! The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker attaches to a standard camera tripod and can accept any digital camera weighing up to 7 lbs. Using the included compass on the Polarie, orient the mount to face north. This easy to use mount features a North Star alignment window that you point at Polaris. The Polarie can also use a polar scope for alignment. Once set, the Polarie tracks with the motion of the stars to eliminate "star trailing" on your photos resulting in sharp images of the Universe. The Polarie uses very accurate stepping motors and operates on any 2 "AA" batteries.
The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is designed to not only be functional, but also to be compact and attractive, with its sleek design. The unit has no visible screws and although, not waterproof, it is designed to function in most weather conditions. In the March 2012 edition of Sky and Telescope Magazine Richard Tresch Fienberg wrote "Vixen definitely has a winner here. Polarie makes long exposure constellation photography easier than ever".
Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Body Features...
- Eliminates "star trailing" in your astrophotos
- Compact and attractive design with no visible screws
- Features a North Star alignment window
- Attaches to standard camera tripod
- Carries a seven pound payload
- All metal gears - no plastic!
- Accepts any digital camera
- Weatherproof design
Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Body Specifications...
Type: Star Tracker
Tracking Mode: Celestial tracking rate 1/2 of celestial tracking rate. Solar tracking rate: Mean solar time Lunar tracking rate: Mean lunar time. Usable in both northern and southern hemispheres
Wheel Gear: 57.6mm diameter aluminum alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth
Worm gear: 9mm diameter high tension brass
Bearings: 2 pieces
Drive: Pulse Motor (Stepper Motor)
Maximum Loading weight: 7 lbs
Polar sight hole: About 8.9 degree field of view
Standard accessory: Compass
Working voltage: 2 x AA-size batteries - DC2.4^3.0V
External power supply: DC4.4^5.25V
Duration of operation: About 4 hours:At 20 C (68 F) degrees temperature, a 1.5kg (3.3 lb) loading weight with use of Alkaline batteries
Dimensions: 95x137x58mm (3.7x5.9x2.3 inches)
Weight: 1.4 lb (without batteries)
Optional accessory: Dedicated polar axis scope for Polarie
Suggested accessory: QHD-43 Ball head QHD-33
Vixen Product Number: 35505
Customer Note: This item number is for the Tracker Body only. Tripods and cameras are optional.