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iOptronSkyTracker Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Accurate (5)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Lightweight (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (6)
    • Travel (3)
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    4.0

    Good value

    By Matt

    from Fort Worth, TX

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

    I tested out this tracker last night and was happy with the results. For wide field shot, I was able to get 5 min. exposures with no trailing. I pushed it and tried one at an effective focal length of 480mm and got a 1 min. exposure without significant trailing. This won't replace a good German equatorial mount for astrophotography, but it's great for a highly portable alternative and it got respectable results.

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    5.0

    Built like a tank

    By Livskunst

    from Sacramento, CA

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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 purchased this to start some serious astro photography. I haven't used it at night yet, but a dry run indicates smooth, steady operation. I'm very impressed with the solid construction - especially at this price. It will probably weigh in over four pounds with a ball head and clamp, so you probably won't want to pack it in very far. It has a half speed feature so that you could do one minute exposures and keep both the stars and the foreground in focus.

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      4.0

      Fun addition

      By Duke

      from Ohio

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

      A fun way to try out astrphotography

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      5.0

      Functions well

      By dwphoto

      from bay shore ny

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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      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

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        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

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          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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