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TONGKW
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Patrick]
      #5920300 - 06/14/13 10:15 AM

I have found pictures of the new iOptron Skytracker in a website in China.

http://www.astronomy.com.cn/bbs/thread-269387-1-2.html

herewith is a rough translation of the posting :-
iOptron introduced the skytracker which received good recognition both at home and abroad.
The original version has built-in elevation adjustment which brought about convenience. But with no horizontal adjustment, it has become somewhat inconvenient in actual use.
After receiving feedback from many users, iOptron finally reacted by launching a new version of the Skytracker with both vertical and horizontal adjustments built in. The polar scope is also new.


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munchmeister
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: TONGKW]
      #5920423 - 06/14/13 11:40 AM

Looks like they beefed up the threaded screw knobs that hold the ball head on. All good additions. Wonder if the price will still be low?

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Darren Bly
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: munchmeister]
      #5921107 - 06/14/13 07:19 PM

Take a look at the ioptron web site

http://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=d1a70749-1897...

The new version has a new polar scope and increased payload. They also offer the new base for sale as a upgrade.


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Patrick
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Darren Bly]
      #5921552 - 06/15/13 12:44 AM

It looks like you can purchase the azimuth base separately.

Patrick


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Hikari
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Darren Bly]
      #5922006 - 06/15/13 10:45 AM

Quote:

Take a look at the ioptron web site

http://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=d1a70749-1897...

The new version has a new polar scope and increased payload.




Well, they changed the load value. Whether the mount actually can have a larger load is not clear.


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Darren Bly
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Hikari]
      #5922193 - 06/15/13 12:24 PM




Well, they changed the load value. Whether the mount actually can have a larger load is not clear.




Given the fact that iOptron has introduced a fairly major upgrade to a product that's only about six months old, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt and more than a little praise. We have companies that have had products on the market for years with issues and without repairs. <cough LX80 cough>


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Mariner@sg
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Darren Bly]
      #5926852 - 06/18/13 04:59 AM

Sorry for diverting the topic. The Polarie's tripod assembly comes with the QHD-43 ball head on the tripod and the QHD-33 is suppose to fix on the polarie. Has anyone tried using other ball heads instead of the 33?

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Doug D.
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Mariner@sg]
      #5927256 - 06/18/13 11:01 AM Attachment (94 downloads)

Quote:

Sorry for diverting the topic. The Polarie's tripod assembly comes with the QHD-43 ball head on the tripod and the QHD-33 is suppose to fix on the polarie. Has anyone tried using other ball heads instead of the 33?




I grant you, I'm using some "non-typical" gear for my Polarie and cameras but given that photography is my other long-standing interest I've obtained some specialized gear over the years that can often do double duty for astro

The ballhead I like to use with my Polarie is the tiny Really Right Stuff BH-25 with a quick release clamp. The Polarie mounting bolt is 1/4" and the BH-25 (like most decent bullheads) uses a 3/8" hole so you have to add a reducer bushing (3/8" to 1/4") that can be gotten from many sources including RRS.

The BH-25 works really well with one slight exception - the knob doesn't completely clear the Polarie base when fully rotated by 360 degrees but it isn't much of a problem because the knob can be repositioned by pulling and releasing. The other nice thing about the BH-25 is that loosening the knob (single knob) frees both axes of movement and can be set so that the slightest twist of knob tightens firmly after re-positioning. The BH-25 is tiny and lightweight but can easily handle a small-medium dSLR (or mirrorless like the GXR). I wouldn't trust a full-size dSLR with heavy glass though. For that I use an Arcatech ballhead, usually with an Astrotrac.

Pretty much any small to midsize ballhead will work on the Polarie to reposition your camera but a good quality one (and the BH-25 qualifies here without being ridiculously expensive) is a pleasure to use. I'm not a fan of using a ballhead to position the Polarie, however. A geared head is a lot less frustrating.

In case anyone is wondering, the thing supporting the Polarie is an Arca Swiss Cube (the Cube is a dream to use for this purpose but WAY overkill).


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munchmeister
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5927293 - 06/18/13 11:17 AM

Wow. That ^^ is quite the setup!

I use a small Manfrotto ballhead. I think it is their 'micro' ballhead.

http://f-rider.smugmug.com/Photography/Skytracker-Astrophotography/i-tV8WB5z/...


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Mariner@sg
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Re: Vixen Polarie vs Ioptron Sky Tracker, conclusions new [Re: munchmeister]
      #5927321 - 06/18/13 11:31 AM

Cool. Thanks for the feedback guys!

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