Vixen Polarie Star Tracker & Polarscope Package

Vixen Polarie Star Tracker & Polarscope Package
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Model:  vixen-polarie-package
Brand:  Vixen

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Whilst not essential the premium quality Vixen Polarscope enables highly accurate Pole star alignment and reduces the Polarie setup time to only minutes.  

"The Polarie mount has been designed with portability and widefield imaging in mind and it achieves its goals admirably. You could easily carry the mount, a lightweight tripod, your DSLR camera and a couple of lenses on board an aircraft and have a formidable imaging tool at your disposal when you reach your destination."  Steve Richards Vixen Polarie Review

 

The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is a sturdy, ultra-portable photographic mount designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the Earth’s rotation, so eliminating star trails, for pin-sharp wide-field photos of constellations, shooting stars and the Milky Way.

The Vixen Polarie also enables you to photograph 'starscapes' by adding a darkened landscape or silhouetted figure in the foreground of your frame. 

Includes a tracking motor, built-in compass and latitude meter/scale suitable for lens focal lengths up to around 100mm but this can be increased to around 200mm through the use of an optional dedicated Polar Scope that enables precise alignment on the true Celestial Pole.

Designed for use with a photo/video tripod, tripod head and ball-&-socket head (mid-range kit from Manfrotto, Velbon or similar would be ideal).

The Vixen Polarie has a 4.4 lb payload capacity (a DSLR typically weighs around 1-2 lb and a quality ball-&-socket head around 1lb, leaving around 1-2.5 lb for your camera lens or telescope).  

 

Features

  • Compact size and minimal weight means you can take the Polarie anywhere to photograph the night sky.
  • Can be set up in a few minutes, even by those not familiar with the exact position of the celestial pole. 
  • Simply turn the Polarie in the direction of the Pole star using the supplied compass as a guide, then use the built-in latitude meter and polar sight hole to align the mount. 
  • Virtually silent tracking. 
  • Can operate for more than 2 hours on two AA-size batteries. 

 

 

Vixen Polarie Brochure pdf

Vixen Polarie Instruction Manual pdf

Vixen Polarie Video Tutorials and Demos

Astronomy Now Vixen Polarie Review pdf 

Product Specifications

Tracking modeCelestial 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 gear57.6mm dia. aluminium alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth
Worm gear9mm dia. high tension brass
Power source2 AA-size alkaline batteries (2.4~3.0V)
External power supplyUSB mini-B connection (4.4~5.25V)
Tilt meterAngles between 0˚ and 70˚ (5˚ increments)
CompassA margin of error is subject to magnetic declination at your location
Polar sight holeAbout 8.9˚ field of view
DrivePulse motor (Stepper motor)
Tracking mode selectorSidereal, 1/2 sidereal (star-scape), solar and lunar, usable in both hemispheres
Tripod socket1/4" -20
Maximum payload capacity2kg (4.4lb)
Operating temperature0˚ to 40˚ C (104F)
Electricity consumptionDC3V.0.4A at loading weight of 2.0kg (4.4lb)
Duration of operationAbout 2 hours at 20˚C (68F), a 2.0kg (4.4lb) loading weight using Alkaline batteries
Optional accessoryDedicated polar axis scope
Dimensions137 x 95 x 58mm
Weight740g (26.1oz) without batteries

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