iOptron Counterweight Kit for SkyTracker Pro

iOptron Counterweight Kit for SkyTracker Pro

iOptron Counterweight Kit for SkyTracker Pro

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  • Designed for Payloads over 2.6 Pounds
  • For Use with SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount
  • Includes 3-pound Counterweight and Shaft

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iOptron 3324 overview

  • 1Description

iOptron recommends this Counterweight Kit when using heavier DSLR rigs on their SkyTracker Pro camera mount. Use of this kit if the camera and lens together weigh between 2.6-pounds and the mount's max payload capacity of 6.6-pounds, or if the lens is long. The kit includes the mounting plate and hardware, plus a counterweight shaft and a 3-pound (1.35kg) weight. While built for the Pro version, this counterweight kit will also fit the original SkyTracker mount.

In the Box
iOptron Counterweight Kit for SkyTracker Pro
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 3-Pound Counterweight
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate
  • Mounting Screw
  • Lever
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    iOptron 3324 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.055 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.25 x 5.2 x 4.55"

    iOptron 3324 reviews

    Counterweight Kit for SkyTracker Pro is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handled my 150-600mm lens! I purchased the Counterweight Kit at the same time as I purchased the iOptron SkyTracker Pro. I knew that I needed the counterweight to handle my Nikon D7200 DSLR + Tamron 150-600mm lens. As I mentioned in my SkyTracker Pro review, I was really surprised that the SkyTracker Pro tracked well even at a focal length of 600mm, allowing me to photograph the Horsehead Nebula. The Counterweight Kit is a must-have for heavy cameras and/or heavy lenses.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made and fairly easy to install This is a very well made counterweight system. It is supposed to work with the original and Pro models of the Sky Tracker. The directions are a bit confusing until you study them. I had a problem with the Safety Lock getting in the way of the ball head adjusting knobs with my ball head. I had to use a smaller wing nut to tighten the dovetail bar down so the ball head wouldn't get stuck on the Safety lock. This may not be a problem with a different ball head as my ball head is very large. The instructions say you have to retreat the Polar Scope so the dovetail bar won't hit it as it slowly moves. If you do that, you can't re-adjust your alignment without pushing the polar scope back in to see the lit up reticule. This would really only be a problem if you planned to have the Sky Tracker running for several hours which I doubt most people would do as it would take a long time for the dovetail bar to reach the polar scope. The counterweight assembly is only needed for heavy telephoto lenses however so it may not even be used most of the time and is easy to take off. The counterweight is just the right weight and can be adjusted for proper weight distribution and it is simple to disassemble for easy storage and portability. If you are planning to put a heavy lens on the Sky Tracker, then this counterweight kit is worth its weight!
    Date published: 2017-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must for DSLR Shooters When combine with the SkyTracker Pro, this accessory provides the extra needed bit to produce stellar photos of the night sky with my Sony A77 and G-Series 100x400mm lens. If you have a big zoom lens, and a traditional APS-C or Full Frame DSLR, this counterweight is a must.
    Date published: 2017-08-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Balance? Not sure HOW to use it....the instructions for balancing the system with your camera and lens are non sensical......
    Date published: 2017-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Use with caution Read the instructions carefully, after Polar alignment the Polar scope has to be loosened and pulled back out of the way of the counterweight assembly rotation path. Another issue is balancing the assembly with the load attached while mounted. Unlike traditional a GEM the SkyTracker Pro with the counterweight assembly attached does not have a release clutch. There are two attachment fasteners but once loosened does not allow for smooth rotation, no bearings and screw heads can wear against the inner surface if not fully retracted. To allow for free rotation and avoid metal flakes, I used a screwdriver through the center mount hole and bench vise to hold the screwdriver. But this is only an approximation since the load can change position once in use depending on the method of attachment of the load, i.e. ball head, camera and lens. If you plan to use more than one load, balance for each and mark the counterweight rod with marker.
    Date published: 2017-09-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I purchased the counterweight after realizing that my lenses and camera body were over the SkyTracker Pro's 2.6 lb limit. While the initial setup is easy, balancing the counterweight is confusing.� There are no instructions on the proper way to balance the counterweight. Also, the way that the dovetail bar mounts on the camera mount block causes problems.� I noticed the rubber became damaged after tightening down the dovetail bar. Another problem I had was that the counterweight rail already had some rust on the inside, where the lower screw comes off.� The dovetail bar also had some signs of wear and tear.� I'm not sure if this is B&H's fault (sending a returned item), or iOptron's.�� Frankly, if you need this counterweight, you might want to consider upgrading to another model instead.� The counterweight seems like an unnecessary pain with the SkyTracker Pro.� Almost like it was an afterthought and not fully functional. The SkyGuider Pro seems to be better designed for using a counterweight and heavy lens setups.
    Date published: 2018-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd Camera mounting location Nothing to complain about really, except it would have been nice to see a 2nd camera mounting location at the ends of the mounting bar.
    Date published: 2017-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from updated review Retract polar scope after polar alignment. Balance load with counterweight after loosening the center bolt push button lock handle.
    Date published: 2017-09-04
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