AstroTrac
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AstroTrac (NEW) TT320X-AG Tracking Mount with Auto-Guiding Port for Digital DSLR Cameras, Includes Asto Trac Illuminated Polar Scope, 12 Volt Car Battery Adapter & 8xAA Battery Holder

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About AstroTrac TT320X-AG

The AstroTrac opens up a whole new area of photography. Now your camera can reveal the heavens in a way which isn't possible with the naked eye.

What does it do?
Most objects in the night sky are very dim, so photographing them requires long exposures, normally between 1 and 5 minutes. Standing on Earth, it appears that we are stationary and the sky is rotating.

During an exposure of several minutes, this movement will show up as star trails in photographs. The AstroTrac follows the movement of the sky with great accuracy eliminating star trails and ensuring sharp images with pinpoint' stars.

How does it work?
Using an AstroTrac couldn't be easier. Setup takes just a few minutes using standard photo kit. Point your camera at the target in the sky, make sure it is properly focused and start the exposure. A few minutes later, end the exposure and enjoy the fantastic images on the back of your camera!

Portability
Less than 1.4 kg (3.1 lb) in weight and less than 44 cm (17.5") long,the TT320x is extremely portable and can easily be carried with other equipment. The TT320x can be easily carried in airline hand luggage under the new luggage size and weight restrictions.

Worldwide
Not only is the TT320x extremely portable, but its patent pending drive mechanismalso makes it useable anywhere in the northern or southern hemispheres without the need to press buttons, flick switches or reprogram.

In the northern hemisphere, simply unstow the TT320x anticlockwise and you are ready for 2 hours precision tracking. In the southern hemisphere, unstow the TT320x in the clockwise direction instead.

Polar alignment
The TT320x has a built in polar arm into which a polar scope locates to make polar alignment quick and easy. For transportation and storage the polar arm tucks away neatly between the drivearms. The polar arm rotates and clicks every 15 degrees, allowing the polar scope to be positioned with a unobstructed view of the Celestial Pole clear of cameras ortelescopes.

Polar alignment is quick and easy. Simply insert the polar scope through the hole in the polar arm. Powerful magnets in the polar arm will ensure the polar scope remains flush with the polar arm. Rotate the polar scope until the reticleis correctly aligned. Then make fine adjustments to correctly align on the celestial pole.

Power
The long drive arms of the TT320x allow a small motor to drive a relatively largeload. This reduces the power requirement such that the unit only pulls around 0.2 Amps maximum at 12 V.



The AstroTrac TT320X-AG is commonly used for Astrophotography and more.The AstroTrac TT320X-AG is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Avid adventurer among others.The AstroTrac TT320X-AG is popular because customers like the following qualities of the AstroTrac TT320X-AG: Easy to use and Strong construction

AstroTrac TT320X-AG Specifications

Model
Astrotrac TT320
Load capacity
10 kg (22 lb)
Operating voltage
12 V DC
Operating current
Approximately 0.2 A
Attachment thread
Standard 3/8" 16 tpi Photo Tripod Threads
Weight
Under 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
Dimension
Stowed: 17.2" x 3.4" x 1.7" / 43.7 cm x 8.6 cm x 4.4 cm
Mfr #
TT320XAG
SKU
ATTT320X

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4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb instrument

This motor drive for astronomy is superb for travel. I used it on Easter Island for the July 2010 solar eclipse. It is lightweight and VERY accurate.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent concept but poor support

The concept behind AstroTrac is quite good, but the implementation is weak. It it very portable and has a great potential, however the documentation is out of date and does not correspond with the polar scope reticle, making it difficult to figure out how to properly fine tune the alignment. There appears to be no support for the unit since emails to the support site remain unanswered. A great idea and very portable, but overpriced given the outdated and inadequate documentation and non-exist

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The concept behind AstroTrac is quite good, but the implementation is weak. It it very portable and has a great potential, however the documentation is out of date and does not correspond with the polar scope reticle, making it difficult to figure out how to properly fine tune the alignment. There appears to be no support for the unit since emails to the support site remain unanswered. A great idea and very portable, but overpriced given the outdated and inadequate documentation and non-existent support by the manufacturer. Expect a fair amount of frustration if you plan on any long-duration exposures and need to perform accurate polar alignment.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
5.0

Wonderful device!

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I have used AT for years, taking it to high mountain sites when I travel, and to desert star parties. I use the T-3100 wedge; it is super-accurate and convenient for polar aligning, and nicely machined. I have a portfolio of fabulous star clouds with this AT. To test accuracy, I used a 300mm telephoto with a CCD camera/5 min exposures in Sagittarius (with the TH3010 mount/head + counterweight)and no guiding. Pin-point stars! As with any equatorial set-up, take the time to calibrate & polar-align. It is a snap, once you get the hang of it. It is also fun for the hobbyist to do some add-ons and improvements (e.g., a quick release plate, mounting hardware, etc.) The AT forum is excellent. The tips it gave are now second nature for me in using this device reliably.

 
5.0

Very good and well engineered

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I wish Adorama had carried the wedge made by Astrotrac. I had to order this from a telescope company in California. If you buy the Astrotrac the wedge is a necessary piece of equipment. The wedge makes alignment much easier.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Overly pleased....

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The Polar Alignment Scope MUST be properly aligned before using. It is not preset. It is not difficult to do, just time consuming. The PAS also falls out of the holder. This, too, can be remedied with a gasket. For the price of the Astrotrac, these 2 items should be standard. Now the good stuff...I use a Canon T3i and have no problem getting 3 to 4 minute exposures with a 180mm Nikon AI ED lens. Setup is a breeze. I use a Manfrotto 701 head and a 496 Ball Head for the camera on top of a Bogen 3001 Tripod. I have even used a Sirui Travel tripod (~3#)on windless nights with spectacular results. This is not only a great travel setup, I have been using this in the driveway instead of dragging out and setting up the EQ mount.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Excellent concept but poor support

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The concept behind AstroTrac is quite good, but the implementation is weak. It it very portable and has a great potential, however the documentation is out of date and does not correspond with the polar scope reticle, making it difficult to figure out how to properly fine tune the alignment. There appears to be no support for the unit since emails to the support site remain unanswered. A great idea and very portable, but overpriced given the outdated and inadequate documentation and non-existent support by the manufacturer. Expect a fair amount of frustration if you plan on any long-duration exposures and need to perform accurate polar alignment.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good tracking for astronomy

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After purchase, my heavy duty tripod, DSLR digital camera, and the Astrotrac became good friends. I have dealt with heavy and cumbersome tracking mounts taking 20 minutes to an hour on setup. This setup requires less than 10 minutes from attaching to the tripod and having a camera ready for astrophotography. For the price, its well constructed, lite, and very easy to use, and comes with very adequate instructions on setup. It's worth the investment.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb instrument

By

This motor drive for astronomy is superb for travel. I used it on Easter Island for the July 2010 solar eclipse. It is lightweight and VERY accurate.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Astrotrac

By

The astrotrac works as advertised. The add on package Adorama put together is poorly thought out. The only way I could get the 12v cord to reach the astrotrac was to being the astrtrac up to the car window. It's 4 ft long; needs to be about 15 ft at a *minimum*

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Shopper  Hello, Is there anyone there?
RICK B  While it does track a 35mm lens for three minutes, it did require tweaking the polar finder quite a bit to get it porperly aiming at the pole. The yahoo group for the Astro Trac has plenty of info about this issue. I would consider the Ioptron Sky Tracker as it is much cheaper and will probably work as good.
Alana S  This question is for assembly and parts. What else do I need if I already own a tripod for photography? It seems people and Astrotrac's web site itself bundles it with Manfrotto parts. I want to know, what are the minimum requirements. Flickr also depicts some assemblies that are not exactly as on the website, probably less expensive, suing a different ball head Thanks for any help.
Andrew R  Judging from the information provided, in addition to the TT320-AG, you will need a sturdy tripod with an appropriately adjustable head (they suggest the Manfrotto 410 geared head) and a camera mount (AstroTrac uses a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ballhead in their demo photos). AstroTrac does not provide a minimum requirement.
Jim H  Will the Starlight Xpress 694C CCD camera guide this mount?
AQUATIC A  Yes, it should work as a guide camera. I have both the Trius 694 camera and the astrotrac. I don't think there is any need to auto guide the astrotrac since it does a fine job of tracking on its own as long as you have done a good job of polar aligning. In fact I would just attach the 694 to the astrotrac and start taking photos without ever guiding. Of course if you do want to guide then I would use the Orion auto guide camera, which is a much less expensive choice and then use the starlight 694 to take pictures. I hope this answers your question. Mike
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