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Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount

£463.00

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The Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount - a truly mobile, high precision, low periodic error equatorial mount head for widefield astrophotography. Available for a brief time at this special offer price!
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The Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount - a truly mobile, high precision, low periodic error equatorial mount head for widefield astrophotography (recommended maximum focal length 200mm).


Tracking the stars accurately is a challenge for small, portable mounts.  Often designs of which, feature relatively small-diameter gears, which are not engineered to truly precise tolerances. This can cause tracking irregularities, which even relatively short focal length cameras lenses will reveal after a brief period of exposure.  The Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount features a factory-calibrated, friction-driven drive system, which allows for much greater tracking accuracy.  Fornax claim that the peak-to-peak unguided tracking error of the LighTrack is around 2 arcseconds, and sometimes gets as low as 1 arc seconds peak-to-peak – an incredible measurement for a portable mount. 


All the usual Astronomical tracking speeds are available at the push of a button: Siderial, Solar, Lunar and Half speeds for use as a panning platform.  The Lightrack is switchable for Northern and Southern hemisphere use.   A USB mini input can facilitate firmware upgrades in the future and an autoguider jack port (not standard ST4) can be used to autoguide the RA movement of the mount (autoguider cable available separately).


The Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount’s motors and electronics are powered by a 12v DC source center positive 2.1mm/5.5mm jack plug, which means that it can be run successfully from field batteries such as the Tracer Lithium power sources and Skywatcher Powertanks – and if needs be a simple 8 AA battery pack.  A 12V cigarette lighter-type adapter cable is included, in order to make connection with supplies such as the Tracers and Powertanks.


The Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount is supplied with a polarscope bracket, which takes the classic Skywatcher EQ5 Polarscope or Celestron Polar alignment scope (available separately).


You will need a relatively substantial tripod to mount the Fornax10 Lightrack II Mobile Tracking Mount to.  We recommend the Astro187 tripod or the Horizon Heavy Duty tripod.  A ball and socket head for mounting a camera in various positions is also recommended.  The Fornax10 Lightrack II can also be fitted to the Skywatcher Star Adventurer Equatorial Wedge, for finer polar alignment adjustment.


What’s in the box:



  • Fornax 10 LighTrack Mark II

  • Polarscope adapter ring

  • 12V car adapter cable


 


 

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