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iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White)

B&H # IO3302W Mfr # 3302W
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Price: $389.99
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Product Highlights
  • Includes Polar Scope Alignment Tool
  • 7.7lb Camera Weight Capacity
  • Automatic R.A. Tracking
  • Azimuth-Adjustable Base
  • Latitude Adjustment Screw
  • Built-In Magnetic Compass
  • 3/8" Tripod Mounting Socket
  • Cast Aluminum Construction
  • Polar Scope Smartphone App Compatible

The white SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope from iOptron is a motorized astrophotography tool used to capture crisp long-exposure photographs of the night sky. The included AccuAligning polar scope helps the operator align the camera mount parallel to the Earth's axis, which is essential for capturing sharp, trail-free images of celestial bodies. After using the polar scope to align the camera mount with correct azimuth and latitude positions, the SkyTracker is ready to follow the same path of stars moving across the sky. For quicker and easier alignment, an operator can use iOptron's Polar Scope iPhone/iPad app to pinpoint their polar reference star (Polaris north of the equator, Sigma Octantis south of the equator). Within minutes, an observer will be ready to capture astrophotographs of deep sky objects.

Accommodates SLRs and compact digital cameras up to 7.7 lb
Integrated compass and geared latitude adjustment wedge for polar alignment
Built-in polar sighting hole (8.5° FOV); accessory polar scope (6° FOV) with dark field illumination
Adjustable AZ base permits quick manual polar alignment
Latitude adjustable from 0 to 70° (north or south)
3/8" tripod mounting socket
Aluminum construction with white finish
Powered by AA batteries or external 9-12V DC
Mount Equatorial
Motor Type DC servo
Gearing 80mm (156 teeth) aluminum worm wheel; 11mm brass worm gear
Tracking Speed Cel, 1/2 Cel, N/S
Payload Capacity 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
Tripod Mount 3/8" socket
Power Supply (4) AA batteries; external 9 - 12V, 500mA DC
Runtime Up to 24 hours of continuous operation at room temperature using AA batteries
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions 6 x 4 x 2.4" (15 x 10 x 6 cm)
Weight (without Batteries) 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White)
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • AccuAligning Polar Scope
  • Limited One-Year Warranty
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    iOptronSkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White)
     
    3.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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          3.0

          Very good design, Poor built quality

          By Win Tun

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography
            • Terrestrial Viewing

            Comments about iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White):

            Pros: Very good design. Cheaper than Polarie overall. Easy to do polar alignment.Cons: Very bad quality control. Lots of paint defect which cause cheap to user feeling for the price of $ around. Battery conpartment is very tight fit.Additional comment: I set 3 min exposure with 300mm lens, and I still have round stars. Note that accurate polar alignment is critical and spend a little more time on alignment before you take pictures.

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            3.0

            SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope

            By John

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Avid Adventurer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astrophotography

                Comments about iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White):

                It works, tracks well even without the 2 buck iphone app, check out Covington for alternate ways of aligning. (Parenthetically, i do plan to purchase the app.)
                I don't yet know about battery life but it has worked so far for 2 nights on one set of batteries. The first version apparently lacked an azimuth adjustment. My version, with azimuth, works quite well.
                Here is the potential problem. The white coating had cracked off the 3/8 tripod connector. Functionally irrelevant, but the unit I received should have been a second! I should at least have gotten some money off the price. I have learned to regard IOptron as a quality manufacturer. I know the SkyTracker was made in China, but the quality control was obviously nonexistent. Televue would never have passed the item I received. I am concerned about IOptron's quality control and might be turned off on future purchases (Mounts, etc) from them.
                Summary: I am happy but worried

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                4.0

                Sky Tracker

                By Marcy

                from Mesa Az

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                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (White):

                  This was a great find it works just fine and provided me with a fairly inexpensive means for getting some great night photography

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                  Batteries & Power Supply

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                  Required item: The SkyTracker runs on four AA Batteries - not included

                  Duracell -  Procell AA Alkaline Batteries 1.5V (4 Pack)
                  • You Pay: $3.80
                   
                  Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                  • You Pay: $14.50
                   

                  Tripods & Supports

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                  Required item: The SkyTracker requires a tripod with 3/8 threaded shaft to function properly - adapters available

                  Sunpak -  5200D Digital Tripod (Black)
                  • You Pay: $9.99
                   
                  Magnus -  DX-5320 Deluxe Photo Tripod With 3-Way Pan-and-Tilt Head
                  • You Pay: $34.95
                   

                  Astrophotography

                  Required item: This ball head is necassry to operte the SkyTracker

                  Magnus -  PV-4310 Photo Tripod With 3-Way Pan and Tilt Head
                  • You Pay: $16.95
                   
                  iOptron -  SkyTracker Ball Head
                  • You Pay: $48.00
                   

                  Tripod Spacers

                  The SkyTracker has a 3/8 socket - an adapter is necessary if using standard 1/4 shafts

                  Foba -  ASTIU Panoramic Adapter
                  • You Pay: $477.09
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