The Vixen Optics Polarie Step-Up Kit is the perfect quick starter kit for users who want to image at higher magnifications or use a heavier camera rig. It is comprised of the PF-L Polar Scope to aid in precise alignment, the Multi Mounting Block, Dovetail Slide Bar DD, and Fine Adjustment Unit. Additional accessories such as the optional counterweight kit and quick release kit enable proper camera or telescope mounting and balancing while virtually doubling the Polarie's payload capacity. This is an accessory kit only, so the main Polarie tracking head is required for proper use.
Vixen Optics Polar Fine Adjustment Unit
Purpose-built for the Polarie Star Tracker system, Vixen Optics' Polar Fine Adjustment Unit allows you to precisely align your Polarie for better tracking and sharper imaging. This unit mounts on any 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 tripod head, and the Polarie mounts onto the included 1/4"-20 quick release plate on top of it. With the unit in-place, you are able to make minute adjustments to the orientation of the Polarie's polar alignment, with one rotation of the thumb screws moving it 5.7 degrees and a total adjustment range of ±15 degrees. The Polar Fine Adjustment Unit has a payload capacity of 15.4 pounds, so it can easily handle the Polarie plus larger DSLR and lens systems.
Vixen Optics Polarie Multi Mounting Block
The Vixen Optics Polarie Multi Mounting Block replaces the stock camera mounting block that shipped with your tracking unit to allow the use of Vixen-style dovetail bars and plates to increase its usability. When used with the optional Dovetail Slide Bar, Counterweight and bar, and a photo head a counterweight system is created that effectively doubles the payload capacity to about 14 pounds. The design of the mounting block permits the permanent installation of the optional PFL Polar Scope to make it easier to align the Polarie tracker during set up.
Vixen Optics Polarie Dovetail Slide Bar DD
Designed to properly balance heavy loads like large-format DSLR bodies with long telephoto lenses or OTAs on their Polarie tracking head, the Vixen Optics Polarie Dovetail Slide Bar DD fits onto their optional Multi Mounting Block saddle. Your gear fits on one end using your own camera head or the optional Quick Release Panorama Clamp, while the opposite side accepts the optional counterweight bar for proper balancing. To aid in precise balancing, the bar can be positioned anywhere in the saddle by simply loosening the dovetail clamps and sliding the bar as required. To conserve weight without sacrificing strength, the bar is made of a lightweight and strong aluminum alloy. Only the bar is offered here, all other accessories need to be obtained separately, including the primary Polarie tracking head, and all the optional gear attaches to the bar via 1/4"-20 mounts.
Vixen Optics PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
Building on the success of the original iteration of their polar scope, Vixen Optics' PF-L Polarie Polar Scope is a simplified iteration to make polar alignment faster and easier. An illuminated star field reticle clearly shows the Northern hemisphere star pattern around the pole; and to polar align your scope, simply lineup the three stars on the reticle with the three corresponding stars in the sky. Vixen eliminated the hour angle and instead utilizes a companion Android or iOS smartphone app for a streamlined experience. Features such as red illumination to preserve night adjusted vision, eight selectable brightness levels, and auto-off after two minutes make this an essential accessory to your compatible Vixen equatorial mount.
- 6x magnification
- 20mm aperture
- 8° field of view
- Installing Accuracy: Within ±3 arc min
- Red illumination preserves night-adjusted vision
- In the northern hemisphere, the polar axis is aligned by placing 3 bright stars in the specified positions
- No need to set the hour angle
- Free companion smartphone app aids in alignment, available for Android and iOS
Use and Handling
- Dioptric adjustment to focus reticle
- Adjustable brightness with 8 selectable levels
- Runs on one included CR2032 battery
- Auto-off helps conserve the battery's charge