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This version of Vixen Optics's Polarie Star Tracker
is offered here with their purpose-built Polarie tripod and two ball
heads to give you a complete support system for your camera so you can
capture wide-field astrophotography images with your camera.
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.
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.