Looking for Input: Starlapse vs. AstroTrac
Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:30 PM
Price isn't a huge concern, I'm more interested in a system that I'll love and use often. Any comments or suggestions on how I should proceed?
Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:42 PM
You might also want to consider the Vixen Polarie if your goal is to image with dSLR at wide angles. You can't beat the portability and simplicity of the Polarie and it looks like the Polarie polar scope would afford you some nice performance (3-5 min exposures) with wide angle shots.
One "limitation" of the Astrotrac is ~2 hours tracking time before it needs to be "rewound" to starting position. Polarie keeps going until the power runs out.
Might boil down to difference between how important portability and simplicity are relative to more sophisticated panning options?
In any event, the astro images on your site are wonderful..... I'll be pleased to see what you can manage with one of these portable mounts given your skill set...!!
Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:25 PM
I like the Starlapse for the reasons you stated...versatility. The 2-hour limit of the AstroTrac isn't a deal breaker, but it would make long-term timelapse a real chore. I find myself doing significantly more "traditional" photography these days, so a setup that lends itself to both is high on my list.
That said, it's main use will be astrophotos. If one is able to produce significantly better tracking, I'd like to hear about it.