This updated version of 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 latest version of their 5x20 PF-L II Polar Scope to aid in precise alignment, the Fine Adjustment Unit, Multi Mounting Block, and Dovetail Slide Bar DD. 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 PF-L II Polarie 5x20 Polar Scope
Improving on the performance of their earlier model, the Vixen Optics PF-L II Polarie 5x20 Polar Scope steps down the magnification from 6x to make the reticle easier to see and more readable—resulting in a more accurate alignment and thus more precise tracking. An illuminated star field reticle clearly shows the star pattern around the Northern pole, and to polar align your scope, simply line up 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 more streamlined experience. Powered by one included CR2032 battery, the reticle is illuminated in red to preserve night-adjusted vision with eight selectable brightness levels and auto-off after two minutes. The Polarie's simplified reticle and usage make this an essential accessory to your compatible Vixen equatorial mount.
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.