Vixen Polarie Star Tracker
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The Vixen Polarie is a specialist photographic accessory that allows you to take pin-sharp photos of stars and constellations. It is designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the earth’s rotation, eliminating star trails.
Using the Polarie to take wide field images of constellations, shooting stars as well the Milky Way is surprisingly straightforward.
Polarie also enables you to photograph “starscapes” by adding a darkened landscape or silhouetted figure in the foreground of your frame.
The Polarie 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.
The Polarie is designed to work with camera lenses that take wide-angle images.
The Polarie can operate for more than 2 hours on two AA-size batteries.
It’s compact size and minimal weight means you can take the Polarie anywhere to photograph the night sky.
Click here to see photos taken using the Polarie Star Tracker
Youtube Tutorial for Vixen Polarie - Full Version
2. Basic Set Up - Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Tutorial Video
3. Camera Set Up - Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Tutorial Video
|Specifications||Polarie Star Tracker|
|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 dia. aluminium alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth|
|Worm gear||9mm dia. high tension brass|
|Power source||2 AA-size alkaline batteries (2.4~3.0V)|
|External power supply||USB mini-B connection (4.4~5.25V)|
|Tilt meter||Angles between 0˚ and 70˚ (5˚ increments)|
|Compass||A margin of error is subject to magnetic declination at your location|
|Polar sight hole||About 8.9˚ field of view|
|Drive||Pulse motor (Stepper motor)|
|Tracking mode selector||Sidereal, 1/2 sidereal (star-scape), solar and lunar, usable in both hemispheres|
|Tripod socket||1/4" -20|
|Maximum payload capacity||2kg (4.4lb)|
|Operating temperature||0˚ to 40˚ C (104F)|
|Electricity consumption||DC3V.0.4A at loading weight of 2.0kg (4.4lb)|
|Duration of operation||About 2 hours at 20˚C (68F), a 2.0kg (4.4lb) loading weight using Alkaline batteries|
|Optional accessory||Dedicated polar axis scope|
|Dimensions||137 x 95 x 58mm|
|Weight||740g (26.1oz) without batteries|
|75511 Quick Polaris Locator Compass|
This accessory provides a compass with a bubble level and an altitude scale which can be used to help to locate Polaris. This can be beneficial for solar imaging or imaging at night when Polaris cannot be seen (for example from a south-facing balcony or garden). The unit attaches to the accessory shoe on the Polarie Star Tracker or any instrument equipped with a camera accessory shoe.
|75521 Polarie PF-L Illuminated Polar Axis Scope|
Allows for precise polar alignment for long exposure astrophotography.
|40316 Ball & Socket Panhead|
Universal 1/4" thread fitting.
|75512 Polarie Cradle|
Custom cradle to hold the Polarie Star Tracker on the Mini Porta or Porta II Mount.
|75519 Polar Fine Adjustment Unit|
The Polar Fine Adjustment Unit sits between a photographic tripod and a star tracking mount such as the Polarie. It allows fine adjustment in both horizontal (azimuth) and vertical (altitude) axes to aid polar alignment when using a polar axis scope.
|75522 Polarie Dovetail Mounting Block |
Replaces the original mounting block supplied with the Polarie. Increases payload capacity to approx. 6.5kg and allows polar scope to be installed during tracking.
|75525 Dovetail Slide Bar DD |
For use with 75525 Dovetail Mounting Block to mount heavier camera equipment such as full-format DSLR with telephoto lens. Can be used with Supplementary Counterweight Bar (75826) and Counterweight (75801).
|75526 Quick Release Angle Plate |
For use with Quick Release Panorama Clamp 75527. Allows for easy framing in both vertical and horizontal directions. Long section can be used independently to mount a camera or OTA with 1/4" screw thread on a Vixen-style dovetail clamp.
|75527 Quick Release Panorama Clamp |
Rotating clamp unit for Vixen-style dovetail attachments. Uses a quick release mechanism to allow easy adjustment. Can be used with 75526 Quick Release Angle Plate.
|75528 Quick Release Clamp Set |
75527 Quick Release Panorama Clamp
75526 Quick Release Angle Plate