Vixen Polarie Star Tracker w/ Tripod

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Vixen Polarie Star Tracker w/ Tripod
Item # VX-35505P1
  • The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker tracks with the motion of the stars to eliminate star trailing on your images.
  • Uses very accurate stepping motors and operates on 2 AA batteries.
  • The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is designed to function in most weather conditions.
  • Attaches to a standard camera tripod and can accept any digital camera weighing up to 4.4 lbs.
  • This Vixen Polarie Star Tracker includes M-178V tripod, too!
  • Works great with Coronado PST and Lunt 35 solar scopes!


Vixen Polarie Star Tracker with Tripod

We are proud to introduce The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker for Astrophotography. This compact mount platform allows you to capture night scapes and star images with ease.

Set up is simple. The Polarie attaches to a standard camera tripod and can accept any digital camera weighing up to 4.4 lbs. Using the included compass on the Polarie, orient the mount to face north. The Polarie features a North Star alignment window that you point at Polaris. The Polarie can also use a polar scope for alignment. Once set, the Polarie tracks with the motion of the stars to eliminate “star trailing” on your images resulting in sharp images of the Universe. The Polarie uses very accurate stepping motors and operates on 2 “AA” batteries.

Polarie is designed to not only be functional, but also to be compact and attractive. The Polarie has a smooth, good looking design. The unit has no visible screws and although, not waterproof, it is designed to function in most weather conditions.

Vixen Polarie and Tripod Features

  • 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 diameter aluminum alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth
  • Worm gear - 9mm diameter high tension brass
  • Bearings - 2 pieces
  • Drive - Pulse Motor (Stepper Motor)
  • Maximum Loading weight - 3.4lbs
  • Polar sight hole - About 8.9° field of view
  • Standard accessory - Compass
  • Working voltage - 2 x AA-size batteries:DC2.4~3.0V
  • External power supply:DC4.4~5.25V
  • Electricity consumption - DC.V. A (At a loading weight of 1.5kg – 3.3 lbs)
  • Duration of operation - About 4hours:At 20 C (68 F) degrees temperature, a 1.5kg (3.3 lbs) loading weight with use of Alkaline batteries
  • Dimensions - 95×137×58mm (3.7x5.9x2.3 inches)
  • Weight - 1.4 lbs (without batteries)
  • Optional accessory - A dedicated polar axis scope for Polarie
  • Tripod Model - M-178V
  • Legs - 4 section
  • Minimum Tripod Length - 555mm (22")
  • Working Height - Adjustable from 540mm to 1,780mm (21.2 to 70 inches)
  • Elevator pole extension- Geared part:200mm (7.9”), Friction up and down part (Center column):290mm (11.4”)
  • Camera thread size - UNC1/4 inch
  • Maximum loading weight - About 3.0kg (6.6 lbs)
  • Weight - Tripod:1.98kg(without pan head) (4.3 lbs) - QHD-33 Ball head:130g (4.5oz) - QHD-43 Ball head:158g (5.5 oz
  • Suggested accessory - QHD-43 Ball head (Pre-installed on the tripod head) - QHD-33
Vixen Product Number: 35505P1
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU VX-35505P1
Head Design Equatorial, Tracker
Tripod or Pier Included? Yes
GPS Included? No
Electronics Included Motorized - Single Drive
Manufacturer Vixen
Warranty 5 Year Warranty
Hand Controller Included None - None Available
# of Counterweights Included 0
Weight of Counterweights N/A
Tracking Rates Lunar, Sidereal, Solar
Objects in Database N/A
Saddle Width Universal - Will adapt to most plates
Weight Capacity 6.6 lbs.
Leg Length 21.2" - 70"
Material N/A
Power Supply Included None - Requires AA Batteries
Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth, EQ North, EQ South
Latitude Range N/A
Weight of Tripod/Monopod 4.3 lbs.
Weight of Head 1.4 lbs.

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Tracking seems accurate
I've only had one night under the stars with it, but it performed well. I succeeded in taking a shot with an 85mm lens with the Witch Head nebula in one corner, the Horsehead in the opposite corner, and nice pinpoint stars across it.
The included tripod ball heads do not have enough grip to hold the camera with my 200 mm Canon L-series lens in place; the ball would slip from the weight no matter how tightly I turned the knob. That's why I give four stars rather than five.
I also ordered the polar scope and had some concerns about it, but it worked well. My concerns had to do with the friction fit of the scope; I feared it would lose alignment when I pushed the scope out (one has to remove the scope to mount the camera). However, tracking proved smooth and polar alignment was retained. Some instructions on the knobs for the polar scope would have been nice. It's easy enough, once one realizes that one dial on the scope must be turned to line up the approximate date (that dial has numbers 1 through 12 for the months, with finer divisions between), and the other dial is for the local time. Polaris goes into a little notch alone one line (I suspect Sigma Octans goes into another marked spot for those south of the equator).
It is an odd choice that the switch to reverse the rotation for changing hemispheres is inside the battery compartment. If one instead runs on a USB cable--which I did--there is no need to open the battery compartment, and the switch remains hidden--basically impossible to find. (The USB charger is similar to using a cell phone charger; if you have an appropriate cable to fit this device, you can probably plug it in to a cell phone charger that you already own, or into your computer's USB port if all else fails.) The instructions do mention the hemisphere-switch location, but the whole device is so intuitive that many users won't have to refer to the instructions, and since batteries last only 4 hours, most will use the USB cable power.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by DanielJ / (Posted on 10/3/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Vixen Polarie Star Tracker
  • Compass
  • Tripod
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