Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Camera Mount for Astrophotography

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The Vixen POLARIE Star Tracker allows you to take sharp and precise photographs of stars and the night sky, and is perfect for air travel thanks to its lightweight design

  • Travel camera mount for star photography
  • Very compact and light, optimised for air travel
  • Different tracking speeds
  • Designed for time-lapse photography
  • Very precise tracking (high-precision stepper motor)
  • Built-in compass (removable)
  • Can be upgraded for up to 6 kg bearing capacity (optional accessory)
  • Dimensions 95 x 137 x 58 mm / Weight 740 g

£299.00*

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Product number: X002453
GTIN/EAN: 4955295355051
Product information "Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Camera Mount for Astrophotography"
The Vixen POLARIE is a new camera accessory, that enables you to capture sharp, point-like images of the stars. It has been developed to track the stars and to compensate for the movement of the earth. POLARIE enables you to take atmospheric shots of landscapes and the night sky and can also capture these in sharp images. Extremely simple and compact design for use in every location on earth.

If you have ever viewed a romantic, starry sky, you will surely have felt the desire to capture it on film. But if you have tried to do this, you will know that it’s really not all that easy. This is because you need to have multiple exposures of several minutes if you want to photograph the stars. As our earth is always turning on its axis, the stars keep moving as time passes and become long strokes on photographs. Today’s digital technology gives us the option of obtaining shorter exposure times by increasing the sensitivity of the sensor, but, unfortunately, this dramatically increases picture noise and the picture becomes very noisy and ugly. This makes it impossible to take beautiful images of the night sky. For this reason, the Vixen company has developed the Polarie Star Tracker, which eliminates the problem of star migration. When you attach your camera to the Polarie, the device will track in the opposite direction of earth’s rotation and this allows for sharp, point-like images of the starry sky even when using long exposure times.

POLARIE is a new and unique camera accessory for photographing the night sky, with perfectly point-like stars being tracked. Using the simplest solution, it makes the experience of photographing the night sky more accessible for everyone. The multi-functional mode dial is adjustable for sky- and landscape-, moon-, sun- and star-tracking. Polar altimeter for a fast focus. Also included: USB connection for external power supply and a built-in compass for quick orientation. Available as optional extra accessories are a polar finder telescope for exact alignment with the celestial pole for long-exposure photography including into the telephoto range, and a tripod.

FEATURES
  • Tracking speed: Sidereal, 0.5x sidereal, sun, moon
  • Fine adjustment: F57, 6mm worm wheel with 144 teeth
  • Polar axis: F 40mm, aluminium alloy
  • Drive: High-precision stepper motor:
  • Bearing capacity: approx. 2kg incl. ball head
  • Orientation aperture: Field of vision 8.9° vInclinometer: 0° to 70°
  • Miscellaneous: Built-in compass (removable)
  • Power supply: 2x AA batteries (compatible with alkaline, Ni-MH, Ni-CD batteries) or external power supply
  • compatible with USB mini-B
  • Drive voltage: AA batteries: DC2,4-3.0V, Max. 0.6A
  • External power supply: DC4,4-5,25V, max. 0.3A
  • Operating time: approx. 2 hours with alkaline batteries
  • Approx. 20 hours with external power supply at 20°C with 2 kg load
  • Operating temperature: 0° to 40°
  • Dimensions: 95mm x 137mm x 58mm
  • Weight: 740g without batteries
  • Optional accessories available: Polar finder telescope, M-155 tripod, QPL compass, ball head

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • 1x camera mount
Body material: Aluminium
Colour: white
Field of application [Photography]: Photography, SLR
Material: Aluminium
Product Family [Telescopes Accessories]: Star Tracker

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Vixen polar meter QPL Compass for Polar Star Alignment
This accessory includes a compass with a spirit level and a height scale. The compass helps you to quickly locate the polar star when it is hidden behind trees or a mountain. The compass attaches to the accessory shoe on the Polarie Star Tracker or a device with a camera accessory shoe. FEATURES Compass Oil-filled compass Azimuth dimensions: 1° steps Height adjustment: 5° steps (max. +/- 70°) Markings: marked with luminous paint Spirit level: Built-in spirit level DELIVERY CONTENTS QPL compass

£46.00*
Vixen Polar Fine Adjustment Unit
The Polar fine adjustment unit is an accessory designed for installation of star tracking mounts such as POLARIE and the AP Star Tracker System with attachment between the photo stand and the star tracking mount. This device enables fine horizontal and vertical adjustment with installation of a polar axis target. The swivel head, which is designed exclusively for use on the base of star trackers, can be secured or removed with a single screw. The twin screw system for inclination and azimuth adjustment ensures fine movement and rigid locking. The adjustable inclination angle of 0゚~85゚ enables use in a range of positions and situations. The fine adjustment range can be adjusted in three steps of low (0-30 degrees), medium (30-60 degrees) and high (60-85 degrees). FEATURES Fine adjustment unit for precise pole alignment For use on the AP and Polarie Star Tracker Adjustment range from 0° to 85° Photo stand connection (for 1/4'' and 3/8'' screws) Weight: 300 g WHAT’S INCLUDED Fine adjustment unit Allen key Adapter for 3/8'' screw

£139.00*
Vixen POLARIE Multi Mounting Block
The Vixen POLARIE Multi Mounting Block was developed to fit Vixen profile dovetail rails, such as the Vixen Dovetail Slide Bar DD, to the Polarie Star Tracker. In this way you can increase the load capacity of the tracker up to 6.5 kg! By releasing the clamping lever on the multiple assembly block, you can move the dovetail freely and clamp it again, making balancing of your camera or telescope rig an easy task. The hole in the middle of the multiple mounting block enables the photographer to carry out the polar alignment without removing the POLARIE polar finder PFL with the dovetail rail DD or the dovetail rail PG. Using one of these combinations, you can easily put deep sky photography into practice with a telephoto lens, or compact telescope. PROPERTIES Allows the inclusion of dovetail rails The Star Tracker can hold up to 6.5 kg in weight Allows the use of telephoto lenses Polar alignment possible without removing the polar finder Weight: 440g WHAT'S INCLUDED POLARIE multiple assembly block Assembly tool

£149.00*
Vixen M-155MA Tripod with POLARIE Fine Adjustment Unit
M 155 MA tripod with polar fine adjustment and additional ball head for the Polarie Star Tracker.This lightweight, sturdy tripod was developed specially for the Polarie Star Tracker in collaboration with Velborn.Weighing just 1.7 kg, it is great for travelling and highly portable.The fine adjustment function enables precise polar alignment. FEATURESBall head with 1/4-inch threadExtendable in 3 sectionsWeight: 1.7 kgDELIVERY CONTENTM-155-MA tripod1x Ball head1x Fine adjustment unit

£242.00*
Vixen Dovetail Slide Bar DD for POLARIE Star Tracker Astrophotography Mount
The DD dovetail mount was developed for the POLARIE multi-mounting block to attach camera equipment - from DSLR cameras, to telephoto lenses or even compact telescopes. Using this accessory, the load capacity of the POLARIE Star Tracker is increased to up to 6 kg. To make it easier to find the Pole Star, there is a wide slot in the dovetail for the polar finder. In addition to the regular accessories, two cameras can also be balanced on both sides of the existing photo thread (1/4 inch) with optional ball heads. PROPERTIES Accessories for the POLARIE multi-mounting block Allows you to balance the camera Increases the load capacity of the POLARIE Star Tracker to 6 kg Allows a counterweight to be attached Hole bores 1x 1/4 inch, 1x 1/4 inch external thread, 2xM6 internal thread on the plate WHAT'S INCLUDED Dovetail rail DD

£98.00*
Vixen Quick Release Panorama Plate
Attachment plates, such as the ARCA SWISS are compatible with this quick-release panorama plate. (Note: angle plate is not included in # 35527). The base of the Vixen Quick Release Panorama Clamp can be rotated 360 degrees so that the position of the mounted camera system can be adjusted simply by loosening the clamping lever. In addition to the recommended Vixen dovetail bar DD and top plate, the camera mount is also compatible with other devices with 1/4 ", 3/8" inch screws. The recommended accessory is the X000096 Angle L Bracket for portrait and landscape photography. PROPERTIES Can be rotated 360 degrees ARCA SWISS compatible Weight: 320g WHAT'S INCLUDED Quick-release panorama plate Screws and tools

£98.00*
Vixen Counterweight 1.0kg
For balancing the Polarie Star Tracker in connection with the counterweight bar. The counterweight of 1.0 kg is also compatible with GP, SX mounts and mounts with 20 mm counterweight bar PROPERTIES Suitable for Polarie Star Tracker, GP, SX and AP mount For counterweight rods with a diameter of 20 mm Weight: 1.0 kg WHAT'S INCLUDED Weight: 1.0 kg Locking Bolt

£43.00*
Vixen AP Photo Guider Shaft
The counterweight rod is attached to the dovetail rail using a 1/4 inch photo screw. It is compatible with the Vixen counterweights 1.0 kg, 1.9 kg, 2.8 kg and 3.7 kg and is used to balance the AP Photoguiders, the Polarie or the Polarie U Star Tracker. PROPERTIES Shank diameter: 20mm Size: diameter 23x135mm Effective length of the counterweight rod: 130mm Weight: 330g WHAT'S INCLUDED Counterweight rod Locking screw

£49.00*
Vixen POLARIE PF-L II Polar Finder with Light
In the northern hemisphere*, simply position the polar star and two additional stars in the finder’s field of view so that each star is aligned with the corresponding positions in the finder reticle. This enables you to easily configure the equatorial mount with an accuracy of 3 arc minutes or less. The new design of the polar scope eyepiece improves the visibility of stars and makes the scale easier to read. *Three stars for polar orientation in the southern hemisphere are located in Octans. What is the polar alignment scope? The polar alignment scope is a small telescope that is installed parallel to the R.A. axis of an equatorial mount such that it matches the R.A. axis to be parallel in the direction of the diurnal motion of stars. The polar alignment scope utilizes 3 stars (Polaris, Delta UMi and 51 Cep) near the north celestial pole. To locate the north celestial pole, simply align the positions on the reticle in the polar alignment scope with the 3 designated stars. In addition, the patterns of the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia are engraved on the polar alignment reticle for use as a guide for the north celestial pole. The polar alignment scope can align the polar axis of the equatorial mount as accurately as 3 arc minutes or less. The marks and patterns on the built-in reticle provide everything that you need for polar alignment The necessary information for polar alignment is integrated into the reticle, which is designed for locating the north (or south) celestial pole. It is not necessary to configure an hour angle setting in the dark. This makes polar alignment easier, as you can look through the eyepiece of the polar alignment scope. A free app is available to download via the following link. https://www.vixen.co.jp/app/ Dark field illumination (with automatic power off function) The switch on the polar alignment scope’s brightness adjustment dial illuminates the reticle in red when activated. Compared with bright field illumination, this prevents less bright stars from disappearing from the scope's field of view. The brightness can be adjusted in 8 levels by turning the brightness adjustment dial. The red light dims gradually after a certain period of time and turns off automatically. Easy to set up Remove the mounting block on the front side and the cap on the rear side of the POLARIE. Then insert the POLARIE PF-L finder scope into the POLARIE to complete the installation. The telescope is ready for use in no time! FEATURES Easy alignment via reference stars Dimmable red light No date or time settings required Light switches off automatically Free app from https://www.vixen.co.jp/app/ DELIVERY CONTENT 1x PF-L II polar finder 1x CR2032 battery

£270.00*
Vixen SG-L02 Headlamp red-light white-light
The perfect LED head torch for nighttime observations! Adjusting your eyes to the dark surroundings is very important when making astronomical observations. In dark areas, it is very difficult to use astronomical equipment without a suitable light. With normal lights, however, the light intensity is more important than protecting your eyes against bright light. Using these lights at night makes your pupils contract, which can make it difficult for your eyes to readjust to the darkness. The SG-L01, our first astronomy LED lamp, featured a built-in red LED that provided a solution to this problem. However, the red light did not offer optimal visibility. On our new astronomy LED light, the SG-L02, the LED lights produce warm light to improve visibility. They also ensure that your eyes stay adapted to the dark. The LEDs do not emit light in the sensitive range of 555 nm. The brightness of the white light can be adjusted between 3 and 42 lumen, while the red light can be adjusted between 0.28 and 7.62 lumen. FEATURES Dimmable red light ensures that your eyes stay adapted to the dark Built-in rechargeable battery, charges via USB Waterproof design LED colour can be switched from red to white 0.28 to 7.62 lumen for red light 3 to 42 lumen for white light Dimensions: 41 mm x 33 mm x 30 mm Weight: 29 g DELIVERY CONTENT SG-L02 head torch Strap (size S) Strap (size L) Pocket clip Cable for charging the battery (USB-A plug to USB Micro-B plug)

£65.00*
Vixen Polar fine adjustment unit DX
​For precise polar alignment of the POLARIE U Star Tracker.With this fine adjustment unit DX you can make sensitive movements in all directions in order to achieve an exact polar alignment.There is a quick-release fastener at the head of the fine-adjustment, which is compatible with the Vixen quick-change angle plate, or the Arca Swisssystem. You can attach or remove your Star Tracker quickly. An optional dovetail plate mounting block is available for versatile use.Thanks to the two M8 threaded holes at a distance of 35 mm on the head, the quick release can be exchanged for the separately available dovetail mounting block.This enables the straightforward mounting of telescopes or heavy telephoto lenses, like the Vixen FL55SS telescope.The fine adjustment DX is equipped with a 1/4 "or 3/8" thread and can therefore be used on all common photo tripods.This tripod adapter can be exchanged for a Vixen tripod adapter in order to be able to connect the fine adjustment unit to the heavier duty Vixen telescopic tripods too.The fine adjustment DX enables a large adjustment range from -30 degrees to 90 degrees and 360 degrees in azimuth.The mounted camera can be tilted freely from 0 degrees (horizontal) to 90 degrees (vertical) by loosening the clamping lever. The fine adjustments can be adjusted in a range of +/- 7.5 degrees.PROPERTIES1/4 "or 3/8" thread for photo tripods-30 degrees to 90 degrees and 360 degrees adjustable in azimuthFine adjustments in the range of +/- 7.5 degrees adjustable2 degrees adjustment per turn of the screwArca Swiss System compatibleAdaptable to Vixen telescopic tripodsAssembly of telescopes or heavy telephoto lensesOver 8 kg payload possibleWHAT'S INCLUDEDPole fine adjustment unit DXQuick release clampAngle plate L adapter for Vixen telescopic tripods with 45mm connectionTechnical specifications

£214.00*
Vixen Fluorit refractor FL55ss
High-performance, top-of-the-range fluorite apochromat for mobile astrophotography and observers. Thanks to its small size and lightweight design, this high-quality fluorite refractor is ideal for excursions and air travel. It displays razor sharp and bright stars across the entire field of view of the full-frame image sensor (95% illumination with 44 mm image circle). The FL55SSS turns into a fast F/4.3 astrograph with the optional flattener and focal reducer. It allows you to use extremely short exposure times and a provides a large field of view for large nebulae or comets. Despite the small aperture, the FL55SS features a high-resolution HR eyepiece that produces stunningly clear images of the moon and the bright planets. When used for astrophotography, it delivers razor-sharp images of stars that are guaranteed to impress. FEATURES Objective lenses: 55 mm fluorite Focal length: 300 mm F5.5 Resolution and limiting magnitude: 2.11, 10.5 Light-gathering power: 62x Dimensions and weight: 80 x 282 mm; 1.5 kg Adapter and connections: 31.7 mm receptacle, 60 mm thread WHAT’S INCLUDED 55 mm optical tube with fluorite APO Dovetail adapter Extension Tube 60 mmDew cap Dust covers

£1,046.00*

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Do you already own a photo camera and would like to create impressive pictures of the night sky with the help of the long exposure or even make time-lapse pictures with little effort ? The BRESSER StarTracker Astronomical PhotoMount PM-100 is the ideal base. Not only for beginners in astrophotography, this mount is particularly well suited, but also the experts swear by a compact and easy-to-use mount to automatically compensate for the natural rotation of the earth. The built-in tracking motor rotates the saddle-mounted camera precisely against the earth's rotation and thus the stars remain in pinpoint shape even with long exposures. If you already own a sturdy photo tripod with a video tilt head you can use the photo mount's head directly with the 1/4 inch & 3/8 inch photo thread holes. The pole height (latitude) is then adjusted by the video tilt head. The photo-mount with tripod with carry-case and polar wedge are also available as a bundle - Product No.: 4964120 Which cameras are basically suitable for use with the BRESSER photo mount ? All cameras with ¼ inch (6.3mm) tripod connection thread and bulb length" B "for long exposure are suitable. The BRESSER StarTracker Astronomical Photo Mount PM-100 is designed for a camera with lens of max. 2.0 kg total weight to carry and track in polar mode. In Azimut mode also a camera weight up to 5.0kg is possible.  Large aperture, wide-angle lenses are ideal for the beginning, because the requirements for tracking accuracy accumulate with increasing focal length and exposure time. Thus, a shot with wide-angle lens can be exposed for up to several minutes and the stars remain punctiform without problems. For example, with a 200mm telephoto lens the polar alignment of the photo mount must be exactly right. But thanks to the integrated pole finder tunnel, this is done quickly. After setting up the light and compact StarTracker Photo Mount, simply set the approximate latitude (pole height) and aim Polaris through the integrated pole finder tunnel. Then mount the camera with the photo lens using the quick-release plate on the supplied ball head. With the ball head, the camera can be aligned and determined at any time on any section of the sky. As soon as the tracking motor is switched on, long-time exposure can be started immediately. This does not even take 5 minutes ... The tracking is carried out by a precise stepper motor, which can be controlled by an easy digital setup on LCD screen. Low power consumption allows up to 20 hours of operation with just one battery charge or simply use the micro USB port for an unlimited power supply. FEATURES Equatorial StarTracker Photo-Mount Automatic siderial tracking against the Earth rotation  Different tracking speed setting possible Suitable for northern and southern henisphere Time lapse: from 15 minutes to 48 hours Ballhead with quick release saddle plate and 1/4" Photo thread for Kamera mountingPhoto-Mount with 1/4" threaded bolt for ballhead mounting Additional quick release coupling for ball head removal High precision stepper motor with helical gear for accurate tracking Clear LCD screen and easy setup menu Battery operation 4 x AA batteries or mico USB (optional acc.)  Battery life: up to 20 hours Weight Photo-Mont: 0.63kg Load capacity of Photo-Mount: up to 2.0kg/5.0kg (EQ/AZ) Optional Acc: Polar-wedge, Tripod and carry-case, optical pole finder scope with illumination unit SCOPE OF DELIVERY StarTracker astronomical Photo-Mount head Ballhead with quick release saddle plate User manual

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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC MN-152 David H. Levy Comet Hunter Telescope
Maksutov Newton MN-152 David H. Levy Comet Hunter Telescope Highly corrected optic for wide-field observation and astrophotography. Developed in collaboration with the famous "comet hunter" David H. Levy. The Maksutov-Newton system does have some pros and cons respectively to the classical newtonian design. Apart from the higher price the main disadvantage is the higher weight - the thick corrector lens at the front is the cause for this. The main advantage of the Maksutov-Newton compared to the classical newton is the sharpness of the field of view. Classical newtonian telescopes do show a sharp pinpoint star image only at the middle of the field of view - outside the optical axis they have a dominant abberation, the so called coma. This is inherent in the newtonian design, and therefore valid for all newtonian telescopes of all brands and not caused by manufacturing tolerances. Coma distorts the star image - the pinpoint star shows a tail, just like a small comet. This decreases sharpness and contrast considerably. The Maksutov-Newton shows a much sharper star image - for most applications the coma is not visible. This results in a high contrast image all over the field of view - for visual observations and for astrophotography with DSLRs alike. This makes the Maksutov-Newton a ideal all-purpose telescope, that is able to show a sharp field without the need for additional correctors. SCOPE OF DELIVERY Optical Tube Carbon fiber with 2’’ focuser and reduction 10:1 Carbon dew shield with dust cap Tube rings with dovetail Explore Scientific 52° LER Eyepiece 30mm 8x50 finder scope with illumination Eyepiece Barrel diameter: 2’’ and 1.25’’ Universal 44mm Dovetail plate with stainless steel rail (fits LXD75/Great Polaris/EQ5) Instruction manual SPECIFICATIONS Overall length including dew shield: 825mm Net weight including tube rings, handle, dew shield and finderscope: 7,9kg

£998.00* £1,249.00* (20.1% saved)
ISA Space Exploration NASA-themed AstroPlanetarium
Scientists at famous space agency NASA are always reaching for the stars with their missions and celestial observations. With the ISA Space Exploration NASA-themed AstroPlanetarium, you can bring a piece of this exciting world of research into your own home. But, before you get started, you should take the stickers and customise your astro projector in style with great NASA motifs. Then you can embark on your very own journey of discovery into the night sky – the 2 projection discs will bring you 8,000 stars or 61 constellations, all with names, through bright LEDs. At the optimal distance of 2 m, you can admire the image on a large total area of approx. 1.6 x 2.1 m. Flexible astro fun with the home planetarium Weather, location, time of year – all astronomers know that what you see in the night sky depends on a number of different factors. But with the AstroPlanetarium, you can devote time to your hobby whenever it suits you. Simply select the starry sky that you want to observe by setting the date and the time from 8 pm to 2 am. You’ll then see all the starry magnificence that you’d expect to see outside at that time. Gradually, you can explore every night of the year. Great additional functions for stargazers Always on the move, if you want it – with the integrated motor, you can make the image rotate at the touch of a button. Unlike the rotation of the earth, you can choose the direction of rotation and one of the 6 speed levels to suit your wishes. With shooting star mode, you can also set comet trains to pass over the night sky – who knows, maybe they’ll bring luck with them? And when it’s time to head off to the land of dreams, you can fall asleep under the stars with sleep mode, which will shut your planetarium off after 30, 60 or 120 minutes (depending on setting). Follow in the footsteps of your NASA role models and embark on your very own astro discoveries when it suits you with the ISA Space Exploration NASA-themed AstroPlanetarium. FEATURESHome planetarium for children from 14 years of age Includes stickers with space and NASA theme Projection distance: maximum 3 m Projection area 1.6 x 2.1 m (at 2 m distance) Focus wheel More than 8,000 celestial objects and 61 constellations on two projection discs Shooting star function Automatic shut-off (after 30, 60 or 120 minutes) 1 bright white LED Moving projection image thanks to 2 motors, 6 different speeds Simulation of the night sky on a wall or ceiling with adjustment to day and timePower supply: 3x AA batteries (included) PACKAGE CONTENTSAstroPlanetarium 2x projection discs Stickers with NASA theme Batteries Instruction manual

£77.99*