Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker

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Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker
Key Features
  • Compact Astrophotography Mount
  • Supports Camera Up To 7 lb
  • Tracks with Star Motion
  • Eliminates Star Trails
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.
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Vixen Optics Polarie Overview

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

Vixen Optics Polarie Specs

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
Package Weight
2.145 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.9 x 6.55 x 2.85"

Vixen Optics Polarie Reviews

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Do you have to use the Vixen ballhead, or any ...

Do you have to use the Vixen ballhead, or any ballhead will work?
Asked by: Victor
Any ball head. It has a 1/4-20 screw lone in the base
Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-07-11

Is it a good idea to use a geared ball head with ...

Is it a good idea to use a geared ball head with the polar meter to lock in the alignment? Curious as to if the metal will throw off the compass alignment.
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes . It will not throw off the compass alignment
Answered by: Shalom
Date published: 2020-08-17

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Does it work at the equator? Latitud 0-0-0
Asked by: DANNY D.
Yes, just set the latitude angle to zero. Don't forget to set the correct hemisphere that you are (north or south)
Answered by: THIAGO D.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

I live in the southern hemisphere (about 120 kilometres south of Sydney) so where would the point of time be here, south via the Southern Cross?
Asked by: Anonymous
If you get the Polar Axis Scope accesory it will help you to point to a well known asterism in the southern hemisphere near the South Pole axis. You can check the manual in the vixen website for further details.
Answered by: AGUSTIN G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Is there a smart phone app you can use to align to north star?
Asked by: Anonymous
I use the Google Sky Map app on my android phone to generally get me started in the right direction.
Answered by: Kent S.
Date published: 2021-03-29

question

Does this unit require additional mounts to use it right out of the box?
Asked by: Anonymous
You will need to attach a ball head to the Polarie to mount a camera. A ball head is available from many manufacturers.
Answered by: Kent S.
Date published: 2023-07-14
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