iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)

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iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)


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Product Highlights

  • 6.6 lb Payload Capacity
  • Multiple R.A. Tracking Rates
  • Removable Adjustable Alt-Az Base
  • AccuAlign Illuminated Polar Scope
  • Internal Rechargeable Battery
  • 1/4" and 3/8" Tripod Mount
  • Ball Head or Counterweight Kit Required
  • Mount Only - Tripod Required
  • Total Weight: 2.5 lb
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  • 1Description

iOptron built on the success of their first camera tracking system with the redesigned and re-engineered SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount. The mount is specifically made to capture long-exposure images of the Moon and Sun, or wide-field photos of the night sky or skyscapes. Improvements include a smoother and quieter right ascension motor for clear imaging and precise tracking, the addition of an internal rechargeable battery with a runtime of up to 24 continuous hours, and multiple mounting options for both the camera and the mount itself.

The single-axis servo motor features four tracking speeds: Solar, lunar, 1x celestial (for tracking wide-field star patterns), and 1/2x celestial (for combination skyscape framing). Its tracking rates can be used in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres for world-wide use. The included AccuAlign dark-field illuminated polar scope makes precise polar alignment fast and easy - especially when used in conjunction with iOptron's alignment app for Android and iOS devices.

The SkyTracker comes in two parts, the Alt-Az base and the tracker module. The base attaches to 3/8"-16 photo/video/field tripod posts via its socket, or 1/4"-20 posts with the included adapter plug. The tracking module can be attached to the base with a simple Vixen-style dovetail plate and saddle or directly to a tripod via a 3/8"-16 socket. The camera mounts onto the tracking module's motorized plate using an optional ball head - for camera rigs up to 2.6 pounds, or with an optional counterweight kit - for rigs from 2.6 to 6.6 pounds, including the lens.

  • Single-axis equatorial
  • Payload capacity: 6.6lb
  • Camera mounts on optional ball head or counterweight kit, available separately
  • SkyTracker attaches to base with a Vixen-style dovetail plate and saddle
  • Mount SkyTracker directly to photo/video ball heads and tripod via 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20 socket
  • 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20 tripod mount on base
  • Aluminum alloy construction with ABS polycarbonate covers
  • Mount and base weighs 2.5 lb, total
  • Mount and base only. A tripod is required for proper use
Motors and Gears
  • Single right-ascension DC servo motor: Quiet and virtually vibration-free for steadier imaging
  • Tracking speeds: 1x Celestial, 1/2x Celestial, solar, lunar
  • 180x forward and reverse fast slew speed for fast polar alignment or to find objects
  • Selectable Northern or Southern hemisphere
  • Right-Ascension shaft: 25mm diameter, steel
  • Worm wheel: 74mm diameter, 144-teeth, aluminum alloy
  • Worm gear: 11mm diameter, brass
  • Four-piece bearing
Use and Handling
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 attachment post for optional ball head or counterweight kit
  • Internal Li-Poly 2000mAh battery with up to 24 hours of runtime
  • Micro-USB charging, reaches 80% charge in 5 hours
  • Wide 14 to 104° operating temperature
AccuAlign Polar Scope
  • Etched reticle for longevity
  • Illuminated with 8 intensity levels
  • 6° field of view
  • 8° field of view Polar sight hole allows for fast alignment without Polar scope
In the Box
iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Micro-USB Charging Cable
  • AccuAligning Polar Scope
  • Limited One-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Construction Die-cast aluminum with ABS cover
    Payload Capacity 6.6 lb / 3.0 kg
    Mount Type Equatorial
    Motor Drive Single-axis DC servo
    Adjustment Range Latitude: -30 to 65º, with alt-az base
    AZ: ±5°
    Mounting Base to tripod: 3/8"-16, or 1/4"-20 with included adapter
    Base to SkyTracker: Vixen-style dovetail
    SkyTracker to camera: 1/4"-20
    Battery Internal lithium-poly, 3.7 V, 2000 mAh
    Runtime 24 h max, continuous operation at 68°F / 20°C
    Charging Micro-USB port, 5 VDC
    Charges to 80% in 5 h
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Dimensions 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.7" / 11.5 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm
    Base diameter: 3.1" / 8.0 cm
    Weight 2.5 lb / 1.2 kg, with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 5.9 x 4.8"
    SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The proper tool for the job- i would buy it again from B&H Wow! It sure is a pleasure to use a well designed, crafted, and executed piece of hardware, that works as advertised! It is amazing how pleasurable it makes the task (for a beginner like me) to use the 'proper tool for the job'. I really can't compare it to other offerings, but, this one is just a joy to use. I was able to make an accurate polar alignment in less than 5 minutes, spend most of my time (about 5 min) trying to focus at infinity in the dark, and then take many great 30 sec exposures with my 200mm kit zoom lens! I also purchased the associated Ball Head v2 and the 1.25 Stainless Steel Tripod for SmartEQ and SkyTracker-- they all work so well together.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, well made, instructions a bit sketchy This is a nice product, seems really well built and is very compact making it easy to transport around with your other gear. Shipping was nice and quick from the US. If you are new to the whole tracking thing then the instructions are a bit cryptic and you need to do some research and learning to figure out some of what it is talking about. You also need to buy an app (ideally) to help you with polar alignment but hey it's only 2 bucks! Note that in the southern hemisphere you need to align to polaris australis which is quite low down in the southern sky and quite faint. You need nice dark skies in order to polar align accurately otherwise you are manually aligning which is never perfect.
    Date published: 2017-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for wide angle AND telephoto astrophotography! I have been doing tracked astrophotography for decades. Previously I had done it with my cameras piggybacked on a telescope or directly mounted on a German Equatorial Mount. I finally decided to try out using a sky tracking camera mount and decided on the iOptron SkyTracker Pro because it (with the optional Counterweight Kit) could handle my Nikon D7200 DSLR + Tamron 150-600mm lens. For wide angle sky astrophotography (8mm fisheye, 18mm) the SkyTracker worked well. But what really surprised me was how well it tracked when using a 300mm lens and even the 600mm focal length. I was able to photograph the Andromeda Galaxy and the Horsehead Nebula. If you live in a dark sky location like I do, you should give night sky photography a try. Using the iOptron SkyTracker Pro you will get some amazing photos!
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Portable and Easy to use Recommended bit of kit here - shipped to NZ with no problems (held a little at customs due to lipo battery, but was expected) Comes with various mount options to fit to cameras and tripods - check your ballhead lock handle as it may be a tight fit with the polarscope when rotating and clip it (I used a green laser pointer to setup) ...was easily able to handle my GX8 and the Samyang 12MM f2.0. I'm currently being held ransom by the cloud gods, but i'll get out again soon with this!
    Date published: 2017-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First impression - not bad at all This is just a quick first check of the mount, for the moment I have only Panasonic ultrazoom (DMC-FZ200), which is not well suited for the astrophotography (only 1min of maximal exposition and poor focusing). Below are the photos of Pleiades and Orion nebula (M42) taken with the maximum zoom (35mm equivalent is 600mm of focal length). Pleiades: 5x1min, M42: 4x1min stacks. Both stacks are taken at Chicago suburb with very high light pollution. My opinion: for 600mm of equivalent focal length it is quite good result, almost round stars. The mount is very portable and very easy to setup, it took 5-6 min to make everything ready (including polar alignment with smartphone application from iOptron). Overall, I'm happy with this mount, at least for now, but I'll test it again with Canon 70D and 135mm and 300mm lens as soon as I'll return from the business trip.
    Date published: 2016-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the item for star photography without a telescope Simple to setup and use (charge it, attach your camera, use their smartphone app to align it to the North Star, line up on your subject and start shooting). Many varied cameras will work since you can take long exposures, I've done 5 minute exposures with no star trails. For such long exposures you need to be able to hold your shutter open using the camera Bulb mode or an external shutter control.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works as advertised Very easy to set up and use. As I live in the Southern Hemisphere - no bright pole-star - in a city the polarscope isn't much use to me. I haven't taken it to a dark sky site yet because of weather and time, but carrying and setting up the Skytracker Pro will be the least of my issues. Using an iphone compass (corrected for magnetic north) and GPS latitude from the phone for polar alignment allowed me to take much better wide-field night sky photos than just sitting the camera on a tripod with 4x longer exposures without star trails on the first try.
    Date published: 2017-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement from original version Compared to original version this is a big improvement. Listing them here: 1) No more carrying AA batteries and working with that bad battery cover in older version. Now you can charge it through USB and rated for 24 hours. 2) Form factor is smaller and well balanced than older version 3) The removable base is a great addition and it is improved compared to older version. If you have ball head add a right plate to the device and you don't have to carry another weight in your bag 4) Easy to align with ioptron polar app and works without scope for 2 minute exposures 5) For more than 2 minute exposures polar align is necessary and its easy to do with the app. 6) Have a polaris finder app so you can point it at the right direction with latitude adjusted on the base first. 7) I added RRS BH-30 ball head which is the best light weight option and works well. I don't have any CONS as of now and I bought this device directly from iOptron as I stumbled upon this release when I was trying to buy older version. Warning: Do not I repeat Do not add ball head to the device without removing the plate off the device. I would have destroyed my OTUS 28mm and camera by doing this. The reason being when you screw ball head without removing the plate it unscrews at the bottom where you can switch out 3/8 to 1/4 threads. Always remove the plate to tighten the ball head, I was lucky nothing bad happened and I notice towards the end of my exposures. Hope you enjoy this device like I do.
    Date published: 2016-09-22
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