Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker Kit

Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker Kit

Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker Kit

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Product Highlights

  • For Wide-Field DLSR Astrophotography
  • Celestial, Lunar, Solar, Tracking Speeds
  • Eliminates Star Trails & Field Rotation
  • Use in Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • Four Section Tripod with Two Ball Heads
  • Payload Capacity: 7 Pounds
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries
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Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker Overview

  • 1Description

With the Polarie Star Tracker Kit, Vixen Optics combines their DSLR tracking mount with essential accessories to give you a complete support system for your camera so you can capture wide-field astrophotography images. You get the Polarie mount, their purpose-built Polarie tripod with two ball heads, and the Polar Fine Adjustment Unit to improve your initial polar alignment for more accurate tracking.

  • Polarie Star Tracker

    The Polarie Star Tracker from Vixen Optics is an incredibly compact, motorized, tracking mount. The smooth and sleek, visually attractive Polarie attaches to a standard camera tripod with a ball head on one side and a DSLR or smaller camera on the other up to 7 pounds. Point the Polarie north with the integrated compass, use the alignment window by pointing it at Polaris, the North Star, or use an optional polar scope. Star trails and false fuzzies are eliminated in the time exposures of the attached camera as the Polarie tracks the motion of the stars across the celestial dome. Two user-supplied AA batteries can power the unit for ~4 hours or an optional external power supply (not included) can be used. Although, not waterproof, the Polarie is designed to function in most weather conditions. It weighs in at less than an incredible 1½ lbs and is about the size of a paperback book. This is one cool astrophotography star tracker.

    Can support equipment weighing up to 7 lb (3.2kg)
    Usable in both Northern and Southern hemispheres
    Lightweight, compact with ~4 hours of tracking on 2 AA batteries (not included)
    Simple polar alignment options allow camera movement in sync with the night sky
    Tracking modes; Celestial tracking rate, 1/2 of the celestial tracking rate, Solar tracking rate (mean solar time) or Lunar tracking rate (mean lunar time)
    The stepping pulse motor of the Polarie has an exceptionally precise movement utilizing a wheel gear of 57.6mm diameter aluminum alloy axis with a full-circle of 144-teeth. The worm gear has a 9mm diameter made from high tension brass and has 2-piece bearings.
    UPC: 811971015715
  • 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.

  • Polarie Tripod for Polarie Star Tracker

    Designed to maximize the usability of their Polarie Star Tracker, the Vixen Optics Polarie Tripod includes two ball heads - one that goes on the tripod and another for the Polarie tracker. The tripod has four leg sections with working heights from 22" to 72.5" to accommodate a wide range of users, with adjustable leg angles for compensating for rough and uneven terrain. A single control handle can be extended or retracted with a crank, and a friction-lock enables you to perfectly align and position your camera and mount without backlash or settling. Its 6.6-pound payload capacity can easily handle the Polarie and most DSLRs with lenses. Weighing in at 4.7 pounds, it offers a steady platform for your wide-field imaging, and with its 10" folded length, it's easy to store and transport.

In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Adapter Wrench
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Adapter
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
  • QHD-43 Ball Head
  • QHD-44 Ball Head
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Polarie Star Tracker
    Payload Capacity 7 lb (3.2 kg)
    Power Source 2 x AA batteries:DC2.4~3.0 V
    Optional external power supply:DC4.4~5.25 V
    Runtime ~4 hours at 68°F/20°C with a 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg load using alkaline batteries
    Dimensions 5.4 x 3.7 x 2.3" / 137 x 95 x 58 mm
    Weight 22.4 oz / 635.0 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.55 x 2.85"
  • Polar Fine Adjustment Unit
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 4.05 x 3.55"
  • Polarie Tripod for Polarie Star Tracker
    Payload Capacity 6.6 lb / 3.0 kg
    Leg Sections 4
    Diameters: 1.0" / 2.6 cm, 0.9"/ 2.3 cm, 0.8"/ 2.0 cm, 0.7"/ 1.7 cm
    Minimum Height 10.0" / 25.5 cm
    Minimum working height: 22.0" / 55.9 cm
    Maximum Height 70.1" / 178 cm
    Maximum working height: 72.5" / 184.2 cm
    Mount 1/4"-20
    Weight 4.7 lb / 2.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.14 x 6.6 x 6.5"

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