iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2

BH #IO3305A • MFR #3305A
iOptron
iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2
Key Features
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Mount,
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Socket with 1/4"-20 Plug
  • 0-90° Vertical Adjustment
  • 360° Horizontal Adjustment
The second version of iOptron's SkyTracker Ball Head is an independently-adjustable pan and tilt mounting platform for the SkyTracker Camera Mount. The included 2.25 x 1.5" quick release plate has a series of non-marking pads to protect the base of the SkyTracker from scratches, and the 1/4"-20 mounting screw has a foldable D-ring to secure the SkyTracker to the QR plate without tools. Redundant plate locks and a 1.5" aluminum ball provide this head with the features needed to help keep your rig from accidentally slipping off the mounting system.
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iOptron SkyTracker Overview

The second version of iOptron's SkyTracker Ball Head is an independently-adjustable pan and tilt mounting platform for the SkyTracker Camera Mount. The included 2.25 x 1.5" quick release plate has a series of non-marking pads to protect the base of the SkyTracker from scratches, and the 1/4"-20 mounting screw has a foldable D-ring to secure the SkyTracker to the QR plate without tools. Redundant plate locks and a 1.5" aluminum ball provide this head with the features needed to help keep your rig from accidentally slipping off the mounting system.

The ball-head has a 3/8"-16 tripod mount and comes with a 1/4"-20 adapter plug, so it will work with virtually any photo, video, or astronomical tripod. It has a full 360° continuous horizontal adjustment range with two 0-180° indicator scales, and 0-90° vertical range. To assist with the alignment process, the head has two integrated bubble levels. The ball head is made of a lightweight and durable aluminum alloy with a scratch and corrosion-resistant black anodized finish. While it weighs just 14 oz, it boasts an 20 lb payload capacity.

iOptron SkyTracker Specs

Payload Capacity20 lb (9 kg)
Mount1/4" camera mount
3/8" tripod socket, with 1/4"-20 plug adapter
DimensionsBall head: 3.6 x 3.5" (9.1 x 8.9 cm), including knobs
Quick release plate: 2.25 x 1.5 (5.7 x 3.8 cm)
Mounting base: 2" (5.1 cm) diameter
Weight14 oz (397 g), ball head and QR plate
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.985 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.3 x 3.85 x 3.75"

iOptron SkyTracker Reviews

Good buy for the Sky Tracker

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-16

I bought this specifically for the iOptron Sky Tracker. It seems very well made- the knobs are firm and everything tightens down the way you would expect

Very High Quality!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

When you lock this mount down, it stays secure. The mounting plate above the ball gives you options. The ball head can be used with a tracker in more than one configuration. The locking knobs are big and very sturdy. A good purchase.

Good Quality Ball Head

By Curtis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-27

Good quality build with large ergonomic knobs. Good match of course for the StarTraker Pro mount. I originally used a SmallRig head with the SkyTracker, but the paddle style knobs interfered with the mount. This head eliminates that issue.

IMHO - a must have accessory for the iOptron SkyGuider

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-27

I recently purchased the iOptron SkyGuider astral tracker and really wasnt sure if Id need this or not...so I bought it just in case.  Im so glad I did.  Not only is some kind of camera mount a must-have with that tracker mount, but this ball head really rocks.  Ive always been leery of ball head mounts, considering them way less rugged than the old school three-plane mount Ive used for years... I couldnt believe it, but this compact ball head mount kept my full frame nikon body and a nikon 200-500MM zoom lens rock steady for 3+ hours on an astral tracker mount.  Im talking a camera/lens combo that weighs just about 10 lbs!     If you need a very compact, very robust mount...just get this one.  You wont be sorry!

Works Great

By Howard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-19

This is an absolute necessity to use with the IOptron SkyGuider Pro. It works very well and locks down securely.

THIS IS A GREAT BALL HEAD!!

By Corey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-13

THIS BALL HEAD WAS SENT TO ME AS A REPLACEMENT PART, AND I MUST SAY IM VERY HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF IT. THANKS BH

Good but not great.

By Antonio
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-20

Good, beefy ball head but I don’t like that you have to tighten two knobs, instead of just one.

Use with a star tracker

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-14

If you are doing photography with a star tracker, this ball head is designed for that purpose. You can also use it on a standard tripod. It is a hefty design, so it works well with cameras with long lenses.

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Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-12-02

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Asked by: Richard
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Answered by: Vince
Date published: 2021-07-09

Where is the second bubble level? I can't tell if ...

Where is the second bubble level? I can't tell if it's on the adjustment knob, like others I've seen.
Asked by: Scot
The 2nd bubble is not pictured but it is on the knob for the vertical/horizontal control.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2019-07-24

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What are the specs for the new iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head New Version?
Asked by: Anonymous
So we don't have the exact specifications yet from the manufacturer. My apologies. Here is the link to their website with a small overview on the product. Website link: <a href= http://bit.ly/1AU5alc target= _blank >http://bit.ly/1AU5alc</a>
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Is it possible to buy more plates like the one included with this ball head ? Thanks
Asked by: Gustavo
Try the B&H web site and search for Quick Release Plates. I was able to use a plate that came with my MeFoto A1350 RoadTrip tripod. As long as it measures 1.5 wide it should fit the iOptron ball head. The plate from my Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball head did not fit since it was 2 wide.
Answered by: Joseph G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Is the plate and ballhead Arca compatible? It looks like it, but just to be sure.
Asked by: MarcB83
Yes, it is 'Arca-Swiss' compatible.
Answered by: Anna B.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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