Bought this for taking images of the night sky with my DSLR which I have only been able to do a couple of times. I will have to wait until my kids are a bit older to try to get back into this but now they're so young that I just don't have enough time (or sleep) to enjoy this. I never did use the two AA batteries - I just hoooked up a cheap portable cell phone charger and it worked great. The one image of the stars that I've included (Cassiopeia constellation and the Andromeda Galaxy is even visible!) is from 12 images of a total of about 26 minutes of exposure (ranging from 1 min 45 seconds up to 5 minutes of exposure) with an old Pentax 28mm F3.5 Lens on my Canon T7i, tracked with this Polarie (ISO 1600, lens stopped down two stops, Bortle 4-5ish area just a few miles outside of town). I was happy with the results - I just wish I had more time to enjoy this unit!
The ball mount adapter IS included as well.
Re-listing due to a shady buyer blatantly abusing eBay's return policy thus forcing me to return this item. Please, if you have questions on how to use this, please ask me for help. I'd be happy to help. I've spent a ton of time reading up on this before buying it and I'd be happy to share the knowledge.
Info directly from Vixen Optics
Special Fall Price! No camera needed! Anyone can be an Astrophotographer with the Polarie Star Tracker Mount. View images of the Milky Way or capture the upcoming solar eclipse. This compact mount platform allows you to capture night scopes, star images, and solar events with ease. Set up is simple. The Polarie attaches to a standard camera tripod and can accept any digital camera weighing up to 7 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 or Polar Meter 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. The Polarie has various tracking modes: Celestial tracking rate;1/2 of celestial tracking rate;Solar tracking rate; and Lunar tracking rate. Usable in both northern and southern hemispheres. Maximum Loading weight 7lbs Polar sight hole About 8.9x field of view Standard accessory: Compass Dimensions 95x137x58mm (3.7x5.9x2.3 inches) Weight 1.4 lbs (without batteries) Optional accessory: A dedicated polar axis scope for Polarie, Polar Meter for Polarie and the new Time Lapse Adapter.
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