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Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope

B&H # VIPPS Mfr # 35508
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You Pay: $129.00
Product Highlights
  • Designed for Polarie Star Tracker
  • Aligns Polarie with Earth Axis
  • Eyepiece Diopter Adjustment
  • Time/Date Graduation Circles
  • Meridian Offset Scale
  • Integrated Bubble Level
  • Integrated Eyepiece

The Polarie Polar Scope from Vixen Optics is an astrophotography tool used to improve the polar alignment of the Polarie Star Tracker. Precise alignment of your Polarie Star Tracker with the Earth's axis is essential to taking crisp images of the sun, moon, or celestial bodies.

Simply use the Polar Scope dials to adjust the time and date graduation circles, and median offset to identify your longitudinal position on the Earth, Then insert the Polar Scope into the Polarie and use the Polarie Tripod to place the reticle on Polaris (northern hemisphere only). Within minutes, you will be capturing your astrophotographs and time lapse images. 

Improve the polar alignment of the Polarie Star Tracker.
Use the dials to adjust the time and date graduation circles, and median offset to identify your longitudinal position on the Earth. Once the Polarie is aligned, replace the scope with the camera mount and begin capturing your astrophotographs and time lapse images with razor sharp image quality.
Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Vixen OpticsPolarie Polar Scope
     
    4.5

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Accurate (5)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (4)
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      5.0

      You will need it...

      By darg

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Iluminated By Vixen
      • Scope Not Iluminated

      Best Uses

      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

      I bought the Polarie at first without the alignement scope and was hoping to get enough accuracy out of the mount for up to 200mm lenses on my u43 cam but the scope adds so much more to it that I never want to run it without it.
      Accuracy jumped from 1'20" on 200mm without scope to up to over 10' on 200mm and when done right also 10' on 300mm lenses.
      Adjustment at first is a little bit fiddly in order to get the time zone offset right and understand how the date and time to set but than it is a breeze.
      Since the alignment is done without camera rig load on the mount/tripod it is important to under stand how it will flex when fully loaded so alignement needs to be done with an intentional offset in order to get good accuracy out of it, which means you need to over or under shoot polaris by a little bit depending in which direction you want to shoot pictures. It also needs to be intentionally missadjusted in different ways if you shoot north or south since the flex on the rig will be different but it is manageable when you know the rig well.
      So far I have not seen any difference in tracking accuracy if shooting the load of the lens weight up stream or down stream of the rotation direction.
      To make your life easier during the adjustment get a geared tripod head between the mount and you tripod since I found ball heads to jerky to fine adjust and panning heads have too much settling clearance during tightening down the head.
      For the camera side I use a heavier ball head which seems to be OK for adjustment of the shooting direction.
      One small cons I found is the fact that the scope is not iluminated which means you need a red light flash light shine into the scope when doing alignment in the dark. Looks awkwards when observed by others but it's the only way to see the markings in the scope for polaris.
      A lot of words but in short: Get it!!!

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      3.0

      Good concept, not well implemented

      By Out and about

      from California

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      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use
      • Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

      I bought the Polarie Polar Scope to obtain more accurate alignment with the Polarie so I could capture longer exposures with sharp, pinpoint stars. The Polar Scope lacks a light source and flashing the end of the scope to highlight the markings in the field of view while trying to align the scope is nearly impossible. (I have used a scope that had a battery-powered red light built-in with another brand of star tracker and it helped make fast, accurate alignments.) And the Polarie Polar Scope is not a cheap add-on either so I feel it is a poor value. The directions provided by Vixen either suffer in translation and/or were not tested. I found more helpful information searching forums online - and the info I found online made the scope usable, even if it fell short in performance.

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      5.0

      Greatly improves polar alignment accurac

      By erotavlas

      from Toronto, Canada

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Hiking/Backpacking
        • Travel

        Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

        Before I purchased this I was relying on the small hole to polar align the Polarie. But I could not do exposures more than 30 seconds without seeing distortion in the shape of the stars. It was hit or miss. After I correctly aligned it using this polar scope I was able to do over 2 minute exposures with perfectly round stars. It definitely helps to have a proper polar scope. The only down side is you have to manually illuminate the inside slightly with a small flashlight to make visible the alignment guides. Other than that it works great. Also the instructions that come with the Polarie are a bit cryptic. However on the internet there are some helpful blog posts and forum posts that clearly explain how to set the dials.

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        5.0

        Great item.

        By derek_ec

        from Brooklyn, NY

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

          It seems the best polar scope next to Takahashi and I can adapt it to other mounts like Astrotrac and hoping my AP Mach1. Haven't yet used it admittedly but seems a no brainer on principal. Design and build are definitely superb and well worth the B&H price.
          Only negative is that the Meridian offset scale turns too easily - it should be stiff or fixable as it needs to be set once for the location, affecting accuracy if moved, which it does.

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          4.0

          Polarie made easy; could use lighting

          By Powder Hound

          from Santa Fe, NM

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Accurate

          Cons

          • Not Lighted

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

            This item is specific to the Polarie star tracker. It comes without instructions - refer instead to the Polarie manual (appendix). Useable for both northern and southern hemispheres.

            The instructions are a little vague on a few points. You'll need the following information at set up: Date, time**, current longitude and longitude of your standard time meridian (google if necessary). Also useful to have the altitude of Polaris at your location, which can be found from some GPS-based star map phone apps.

            **Time needs to be local time without daylight offset. So, if you're in daylight saving, you need to knock off that extra hour. Also, if your local time zone is out of sync with those perfect 15-degree-spaced slices of the map, you should correct for that.

            The scope's field of view is limited. To avoid aligning on the wrong star, I point Polarie north using compass, and dial in the elevation of Polaris on the geared head I use (Manfrotto 410) for mounting Polarie. This works better for me than dialing in the latitude by tilting Polarie.

            You can then dial in the other settings on the scope (look at the manual to make sure you're reading the graduations correctly), slide it into Polarie in place of the camera mount, and use the level to set the correct rotational orientation of the scope. Now you look through the scope and line up Polaris on the date scale in the reticle. This is where I knock off one star - the scope is not lighted, meaning it is very difficult to see stars and the reticle pattern at the same time. I light the scope from the side with a red LED to overcome this, but it's not optimal. A geared tripod head is wonderful to have at this point, as you can dial in very fine adjustments to align Polarie.

            If you do all this (on the correct star), your alignment is truly nailed. It's pretty straightforward once you've done it a couple of times, but be careful not to knock it out of alignment when remounting the camera block.

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            5.0

            Excellent scope

            By Will the Shogi Player

            from Portland, ME

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy to Use
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • No Illuminator

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Vixen Optics Polarie Polar Scope:

            Very well designed. The scope clicks into the Polarie mechanically.

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