iOptron SkyTracker Pro
It has been four years since iOptron first introduced the original SkyTracker, and in that time it has become a staple tool for astroscape imaging. Since then there has been a real explosion of interest in this field of astro photography, an explosion of interest that resulted in the ingenuity of countless dedicated observers and imagers pushing the existing equipment to its limits. And now, iOptron has chosen to expand those limits with their next generation camera tracker, the iOptron SkyTracker Pro.
iOptron has made the SkyTracker Pro exceedingly compact, as it is now small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and easily be transported anywhere. Packed into this tiny size is the same precision and mechanical quality as before, just as you've come to expect from any iOptron product. It boasts a unique bidirectional rapid slew function which enables the user to reframe without disturbing the camera. The included polar scope etched reticle now has an adjustable brightness control to help deliver optimal visibility regardless of light conditions. Another great addition to the SkyTracker Pro is a rechargeable power source capable of over 24 hours of continuous operation on any of the SkyTracker Pro's four tracking speeds.
Furthermore, various changes and upgrades beyond those above are present in the removable Alt-Azimuth base. This base now features a precision bubble level, degree markings for the altitude and a built in post for the azimuth control. Because the base is removable, you can also mount the SkyTracker Pro head (without the base) directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4” or 3/8” threads. The SkyTracker Pro is a massive aide to anyone interested in astroscape or wide field astro-photography, and is well worth the investment to get started.
Features and Specifications
- All metal structure with ABS covers
- Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
- Accepts cameras weighing up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
- Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures
- Detachable alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment
- Reversible mounting post for both 3/8” and 1/4” threaded ball head mounting
- Includes iOptron AccuAlignTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
- Adjustable polar scope illumination with eight brightness levels
- 4 tracking speed (1X, 1/2X, solar and lunar). 1X celestial tracking for imaging the sky and stars; 1/2X tracking speed for imaging both the starry night and the landscapes at the same time
- Quick slew (180X max.) for camera framing adjustment
- Operation in both northern and southern Hemisphere
- Built-in rechargeable battery with Micro USB port for power and charging
- Over 24 hours of operation (20°C)
- 1/4" – 3/8” thread converter included
- Padded carry bag included
Manufacturer Product Number: 3322