Vixen Polarie Star Tracker with Ball Head & Smart Phone Adapter

Vixen
SKU: VXPSTWBHSPA MFR: 35505P2

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About Vixen 35505P2

The Vixen Optics Polarie Star Tracker with Smart Phone Adapter is a mounting system for DSLR, SLR, some compact cameras and smart phones, that enables you to easily take streak-free wide-field photos of the sky. With four tracking modes, you can set it for general astrophotography of the sky; Star-scapes, that will let you have combination shots of terrestrial objects with the night sky; as well as the Moon and the Sun. Since the relative speed of near objects like the Moon move faster than deeper space objects, like galaxies, these modes make the Polarie move at the correct speed to reduce or eliminate star-streaks common to long-exposure astrophotography. You simply align the Polarie to the North Star and move the camera to any point in the sky you want to shoot. Designed for use in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, changing the setting takes just the flip of a switch.

The Polarie comes with a ball head to attach your camera to the Star Tracker. If you don't have a camera, the included smart phone adapter lets you use your phone. However, since smart phone cameras don't usually allow for long-exposure photography, you'll need to download an app to get the most out of the Polarie.

Vixen 35505P2 Features

  • Polarie Star Tracker: 7 pound max payload to handle most camera rigs
  • Polarie Star Tracker: High tension brass worm gear
  • Polarie Star Tracker: 144-tooth aluminum alloy 360deg. wheel gear
  • Polarie Star Tracker: Built-in 8.9deg. field of view Polar-alignment sight hole
  • Polarie Star Tracker: Can be mounted on any standard tripod with 1/4"-20 mount
  • Polarie Star Tracker: LED illuminated latitude marker for proper Polar-alignment
  • Polarie Star Tracker: Use in northern and southern hemispheres
  • Polarie Star Tracker: Accepts heavier ball heads for larger rigs
  • Polarie Star Tracker: Imbedded compass on rear panel
  • Tracking Modes: Easy-to-Use illuminated selector dial
  • Tracking Modes: Selector dial is ridged for ease-of-use
  • Tracking Modes: Back light color: Red - northern hemisphere, Green - southern
  • Tracking Modes: Sun mode: Calibrated to the relative speed of the Sun for photographing solar eclipses
  • Tracking Modes: Moon mode: Calibrated to the Moon for lunar photography
  • Tracking Modes: Star mode: Compensates for Earth rotation relative to sky
  • Tracking Modes: 1/2-speed mode: Slower speed for 'Star-Scape' shots that keeps landscapes in focus while reducing star-streak
  • Smart Phone Adapter: Attaches to the Polarie ball head to use most smart phones
  • Smart Phone Adapter: May require third party app that allows phone's camera to take long exposure photos

Vixen 35505P2 Specifications

Payload
7 lb ( 3.17 kg), maximum
Tilt Angle
0 to 75deg., with 5deg. increments
Gear Drive
Wheel gear: 57.6mm diameter, full-circle 144-tooth aluminum alloy
Worm gear: 9mm diameter high tension brass
Bearings
2-piece
Drive
Pulse (Stepper) Motor
Polar Axis Scope
Polar sight hole
8.9deg. approximate field of view
Power Requirement
2 x AA-size batteries
Optional USB power supply
Battery Runtime
Standard AA: up to 4 hr
High Amp AA: up to 10 hr
Power Consumption
3 VDC, 0.4 A at 3 lbs (1.36 kg) payload
Dimensions
3.7 x 5.9 x 2.3" (9.39 x 14.9 x 5.84 cm)
Weight
Polarie: 1.4 lbs ( 0.63 kg), without batteries
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