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iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Black)

B&H # IO3302B Mfr # 3302B
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Price: $399.00
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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 black 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 black 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 (Black)
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • AccuAligning Polar Scope
  • Limited One-Year Warranty
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    iOptronSkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Black)
     
    5.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (5)
      • Travel (3)
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        • Casual/ recreational (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Functions well

      By dwphoto

      from bay shore ny

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy Setup
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Travel

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

        Does what it is designed to do with careful polar alignment.

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        5.0

        Pleasantly surprised with this product

        By bob the builder

        from Erie, PA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

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

          Simple to use & even with minimum effort for setup, I can take 5 minute exposures with a wide angle lens. By minimum setup, I mean setting the azimuth somewhere in the ballpark & aiming it roughly north. This will put Polaris in the scope where you can easily get it roughly centered. It took less than 2 minutes to set up & try my first 3 minute exposure. It worked so well, I went for 5 minutes & stars were still pinpoints of light. Very happy with this unit

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          5.0

          Works great, easy to set up and align

          By Robert

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Travel

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

            Not terribly expensive, and the results you can get are pretty amazing. Using their app for your smart phone, it tells you where to put the north (or south) star for alignment in the scope, and then you set your camera on it and start a long exposure of 1-5 minutes, depending on how dark it is outside. The darker it is, the longer the exposure. I do astrophotography and lots of post processing to remove light glow and stack images to remove noise, so the results may be a bit different for just out of camera images, but as far as tracking the stars, it does great. I can't complain about anything on it.

            Compared to getting a full fledged mount, while it's about half to one third the cost, it's an order of magnitude lighter and easier to set up and carry around. My only other option for this is to carry a 15lb tripod and 10lb mount head, and then a 20lb battery for the mount.

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            5.0

            Great for introduction into astrophotogr

            By Brian

            from Phoenix, AZ

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Hiking/Backpacking
              • Travel

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

              I've used this a little bit, so I can't be super detailed until I get more experience with it. But so far, this thing is a bargain if you want to get into astrophotography.It is really easy to set up after you have read the directions once or twice. I can now set it up from scratch in 2-3 minutes. I've heard others, such as the AstroTracker, can take 10-15 minutes. I love the small size of it. Packed down in it's little travel bag, it's the size of a softcover book or a box of Wheat Thin crackers, and only weighs a few pounds, so it's super portable for a backpacker like myself. I've used my 85mm lens on this for 4 minutes without having star trails. I'm confident this thing could accept my DSLR + 70-200mm f4 without a problem. Beyond that, I don't know how much I'd be willing to place onto it. But I got this thing not to do deep sky astrophotography, but wide angle instead to go along with my regular landscape photography. One of the cons is that it will only track once you've aligned to Polaris, whereas others can align to other stars as well. But that is the nature of this beast, and why they could build it so portable. The only other major con is that the rotating base is not very precise, and when you tighten the knob it seems to change position also, where I have to account for that when aligning. I consider this only a slight annoyance, and one that is easily fixed with a cheap panning base (I had the Feisol which was about [$]).

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              5.0

              ISON is coming

              By GAK

              from Annapolis, MD

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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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 (Black):

                I've been looking forward to photographing comet ISON over the next couple of weeks, and now I'm prepared. iOptron's SkyTracker is the perfect tool for long exposure photos of the comet's tail! Once aligned, it is easy to use and I've been experimenting with exposure times thru my 400x telephoto so I can stack the results with software.

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                Batteries & Power Supply

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

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                • You Pay: $2.99
                 

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

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                • You Pay: $16.95
                 
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                • 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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