iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2

iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2

iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2

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Product Highlights

  • 1/4"-20 Camera Mount,
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Socket with 1/4"-20 Plug
  • 0-90° Vertical Adjustment
  • 360° Horizontal Adjustment
  • Compatible with SkyTracker Camera Mount
  • Quick-Release Mounting Plate with Lock
  • Anodized Aluminum Construction
  • Two Integrated Bubble Levels
  • 20lb Payload Capacity
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iOptron 3305A overview

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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.

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iOptron SkyTracker Ball Head v2
  • 1/4"-20 Plug Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    iOptron 3305A specs

    Payload Capacity 20 lb (9 kg)
    Mount 1/4" camera mount
    3/8" tripod socket, with 1/4"-20 plug adapter
    Dimensions Ball 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
    Weight 14 oz (397 g), ball head and QR plate
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.2 x 3.8 x 3.8"

    iOptron 3305A reviews

    SkyTracker Ball Head v2 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some Good, Some Bad Aspects I bought this to have a ball head that I could use with my SkyTracker. For a ball head it is quite inexpensive, lightweight and comes complete with a plate that attaches easily to the camera without tools. If you don't already have a ball head and really only need it for the SkyTracker, it will do the job. The part I don't like is that there are two knobs that have to be loosened, tightened to hold the head in position - I think both really need to be tight especially with a heavier load. Also knobs take more turns than the single part turn lever used on better ball heads like the stuff from Really Right Stuff. That all equates to being more awkward to do when you are trying to hold the camera in the position you want it - especially in the dark - and without ruining the polar alignment of the SkyTracker mount itself. I found it adequate to support a Sony a7s with Canon 24-70 f4 using a Metabones adapter. I wouldn't recommend this for regular non-astro photo use cause the ball head isn't smooth enough and the two knob problem.
    Date published: 2015-05-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsuitable for panorama shots using the SkyTracker There is very limited range using this ball head and the SkyTracker. At lower latitudes, say 40 degrees or less, you get full 360 degree horizontal range with the camera pointed towards the horizon but as soon as you try to point the camera little higher, ie where the stars are, the horizontal range is drastically reduced. This is because the top of the ball head points towards the celestial pole, like the SkyTracker, as opposed to straight up when mounted to a standard tripod. If you want better range with this you'll need to 'double mount' another ball head to this one.
    Date published: 2016-07-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Definitely not the best ball head on the market. It's reasonably well made but slips and creeps in use. It will probably work well for cameras held above the ball, but for sideways mounting the ball won't hold a Canon 5D mk III plus 400 mm f/5.6 unless both the clamp AND friction knobs are tightened excessively. There is no comparison with the holding power of a standard similar sized Manfrotto ball head. Not recommended. Sadly I bought two of these and both are equally bad.
    Date published: 2015-06-12
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother... You get what you pay for. There are far better ballheads for not much more expense than this little guy (check out the Sirui ballheads for example). This little guy just does not have a quality feel in any of its functions. Sticky and jerkey in use. I ended up putting it on a monopod that I don't use very much. Price would be the only reason to recommend this item, but there are far, far better for not a whole lot more. Invest in a good ballhead rather than this one...
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sturdy ball head at a reasonable price I purchased this ball head in conjunction with an iOptron SkyGuider equatorial tracking mount. I have a rather heavy camera setup (Canon 5DM3 with various, heavy lenses) and this head, when locked out, allows zero movement. I've been able to take up to four minute exposures with zero star drift. While this speaks volumes for the quality of the mount, the ball head should also be commended.
    Date published: 2015-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend this product The SkyTracker ball head is well made, and the clamp is compatible with Arca-style beveled plates. The knobs are positioned to not interfere with the iOptron Skytracker. It is a very-affordable means for attacking a camera to the SkyTracker, and probably for other uses as well.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extra peice, nive to have This ball head is as good as those costing much more. If you already have a ball head you won't need this but really is better than the one I had. I put the other on an older tripod so no need for switching.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and precise ! I am very pleased with this product ! It's very solid and and precise. Moreover, I appreciate B&H's customer service.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
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