Saturday, December 1, 2012
Polarie Star Tracker - First Glimpse and Preview
The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is the ultimate highly portable star tracker that one can own and setup in less than 5 minutes to get started in wide field to medium telephoto astrophotography. Relatively very light for about 700 gms which is more or less the weight of consumer DSLR body. Its size is also a joy to hold in the palm of your hands as it is about 4" x 6" x 2" in dimension! It can carry a payload of around 2.5kgs but later Vixen statement indicates it can carry up to 3.5 kgs might be on the upper limits of its maximum payload weight. The Polarie unit has a built in polar bore scope for one to get a rough alignment to Polaris and an altitude meter (inclinometer) as well as compass for easy basic polar alignment for wide field astroimaging. For use of a 100mm-200mm lens, an optional polarscope is highly recommended to use. It runs on 2 pcs of AA batteries which can run more or less around 4 hours if alkaline battery is used. Rechargeable NiMH battery can also be used as well as an optional USB mini B plug type battery pack. Another good feature of the Polarie is that it has 4 tracking rates for you to use- Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, 1/2 Sidereal are available on the unit. The 1/2 sidereal rate is very good for use in doing nightscsape time lapse photography :) The basic Polarie unit has no ball head included in the package but if you buy the Polarie Set with Velbon M-178V tripod, 2 ballheads are included with the package. If you are interested to buy the Polarie unit or set, please PM me or text me through +639178559863 or email me at email@example.com . Serious buyers only please.