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

BH #IO3322 • MFR #3322
iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only)
Key Features
  • 6.6 lb Payload Capacity
  • Multiple R.A. Tracking Rates
  • Removable Adjustable Alt-Az Base
  • AccuAlign Illuminated Polar Scope
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.
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iOptron SkyTracker Pro Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Mount
  • 3Motors and Gears
  • 4Use and Handling
  • 5AccuAlign Polar Scope

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.

Mount
  • 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

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Specs

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
3.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.6 x 6.15 x 4.9"

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Reviews

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Does the polar alignment scope come with the $299 ...

Does the polar alignment scope come with the $299 package (3322)? I could not tell from the website. thanks, Bob in HI
Asked by: Robert
The polar scope is included; it says so in the title, and the "In the Box" section it mentions the AccuAligning scope. You just need a small ballhead to start shooting; and if you plan to use camera/lens kits heavier than 5 lbs get the counterweight kit, too.
Answered by: Lucio
Date published: 2021-05-11

question

Can this be used to photograph deep space objects like the Orion nebula? I am planning to use my tamron 150-600 on a Sony A7R2. Would it work with this combo?
Asked by: sanjeevdas
Yes however I would recommend getting the Ball Head, and Counter Weight with that set up. So it can support that weight.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2020-07-06

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Can this unit do a timelapse as well (not tracking the sky?)
Asked by: Geoffrey
It cannot do time laps
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-10-07

the wedge is included in the package right?

the wedge is included in the package right?
Asked by: Albert Nikko
No wedge is needed. It comes with a Removable Adjustable Alt-Az Base. All you need to get this thing cooking is a solid tripod and camera. Just FYI, if you are considering buying the counterweight set up for this so you can put on the heavier payloads I'd just buy the skyguider pro. Cost in the end is practically the same and its a better product. I made this mistake myself. Now I have both.
Answered by: Aaron
Date published: 2021-04-12

can this unit be purchased without the base and ...

can this unit be purchased without the base and without the scope?
Asked by: Mark
The iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only) BH #IO3322 • MFR #3322 is only sold complete.In the Box iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope (Mount Only) Padded Carrying Case Micro-USB Charging Cable AccuAligning Polar Scope Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
Answered by: John
Date published: 2023-04-04

Is the battery replaceable?

Is the battery replaceable?
Asked by: Gaspar
No, the battery in this is not replacable
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-03-21

Will this work as is with a Mefoto tripod or do I ...

Will this work as is with a Mefoto tripod or do I need additional accessories?
Asked by: Kevin
Yes, its compatible with the Mefoto, but a ball head is suggested. Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head B&H # OBBD0 MFR # BD-0 Oben MBH-11 Dual-Action Mini Ball Head with Arca-Style Quick Release Plate B&H # OBMBH11 MFR # MBH-11
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-03-25

What is the tracking accuracy? Does it do PEC ...

What is the tracking accuracy? Does it do PEC recording? What tripods do you guys use?
Asked by: Hans
In my experience the tracking accuracy has been remarkable. I also have experience with astrophotography through a telescope on an equatorial mount and for how small and compact this device is, the tracking is amazing. For milkyway shots with a wide angle lens, you can't beat it. If properly aligned, 2 or 3 min exposures and no star trails at all. It has a couple of modes and speeds. I've only used it for Milkyway shots. Mounted on a standard ball head/tripod, It comes with everything you need. I use a light weight, compact, tripod for hiking and it has no weight issues with the tracker, a canon 5dsr, and 24-70 2.8 lens.
Answered by: Nathan
Date published: 2021-04-22
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