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Vixen Polarie Star Tracker

£369.00

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Introducing the revolutionary Vixen Polarie Star Tracker - now available from Telescope House!

If you're an Astrophotographer on the go, you'll appreciate the compact nature of the new Vixen Polarie Star Tracker. Designed to eliminate star trailing in long duration, widefield astrophotography - via easy Polar alignment - the Polarie is a meticulously accurate stepper motor-controlled camera platform. Designed to be mounted on a standard camera tripod as a "take anywhere" device, the Polarie will enable you to achieve pin-sharp night sky exposures of up to 5 minutes in duration at 50mm lens focal lengths and beyond.



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Introducing the revolutionary Vixen Polarie Star Tracker - now available from Telescope House!

If you're an Astrophotographer on the go, you'll appreciate the compact nature of the new Vixen Polarie Star Tracker. Designed to eliminate star trailing in long duration, widefield astrophotography - via easy Polar alignment - the Polarie is a meticulously accurate stepper motor-controlled camera platform. Designed to be mounted on a standard camera tripod as a "take anywhere" device, the Polarie will enable you to achieve pin-sharp night sky exposures of up to 5 minutes in duration at 50mm lens focal lengths.

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The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is powered by just two AA batteries, and also features a Polar alignment window, a declination meter, easy-to-read, LED illuminated indicators and switchable digital controls between lunar, solar (ideal for eclipse chasers and solar imagers) and sidereal tracking rates. Capable of supporting 1.99kg/4.4lbs (suggested loading 1.5kg/3.4lbs) but weighing in at just 0.63kg/1.4bls, the Polarie is smaller than most hardback books and won't overburden you or your luggage allowance - ideal for taking on holiday or touring the globe with! Just add a Ball and Socket camera mount and tripod and get imaging the Cosmos!

Former Editor-in-Chief of Sky and Telescope Magazine, Richard Fienburg wrote of the Vixen Polarie in his March 2012 review:

"Vixen definitely has a winner here. Polarie makes long-exposure constellation photography easier than ever, especially for anyone who has to travel to dark skies. I can't wait to get one!"

Specifications:

Tracking Mode

Celestial tracking rate
1/2 of celestial tracking rate
Solar tracking rate (Mean solar time)
Lunar tracking rate (Mean lunar time)
Usable in both northern and southern hemispheres

Wheel Gear

57.6mm diameter aluminum alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth

Worm gear

9mm diameter high tension brass

Bearings

2 pieces

Drive

Pulse Motor (Stepper Motor)

Maximum Loading weight

1.99kg/4.4 lbs

Suggested Loading weight

1.5kg/3.4lbs

Polar sight hole

About 8.9° field of view

Standard accessory

Compass

Working voltage

2 x AA-size batteries:DC2.4~3.0V
External power supply:DC4.4~5.25V

Duration of operation

About 4hours:At 20 C (68 F) degrees temperature, a 1.5kg (3.3 lbs) loading weight with use of Alkaline batteries

Dimensions

95×137×58mm (3.7x5.9x2.3 inches)

Weight

0.63kg/1.4 lbs (without batteries)

Optional accessory

Dedicated polar axis scope for Polarie

Suggested accessory

Ball and Socket Photographic head and Tripod


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