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All-metal mini wedge for mobile tracking mounts For Sale

Price - $80.00

Ad Number: 155655

Posted: 04 Dec 2018

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This Mini Wedge is designed to act as an equatorial wedge for simple motorized mounts such as the Fornax 10 LighTrack Mark II, Astrotrac and Vixen Polarie etc. This will give you fine control over polar alignment, even when using a normal tripod. This is so much better than trying to use a pan/tilt or ball head to achieve polar alignment.

The Mini Wedge can be fixed on any photo tripod with 3/8" screw. Simple controls allow for easy alignment of Altitude and Azimuth for accurate polar alignment of the mount. There are two screws included to achieve practically any latitude alignment. The large lever locks the wedge elevation firmly in place and can then be moved out of the way.

Specifications:
Dimensions: 6.5 x 11cm
Adjustment range: 0-90 °
Weight: 0.6kg

Here is a link to the vendor's site:
https://www.365astro...Mini-Wedge.html

Why I am selling this: I bought this, along with the LighTrack, for a portable imaging setup. The reason to get a fancy tracker like the LighTrack is to use big, heavy equipment. Specifically, I use a Nikon D850 with a MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack and either a 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, a 300mm f/4 lens, or a 135mm f/2 lens. This is so much hardware that I had to buy the heavy load counterbalance kit. By the time I put all this together, the became too much for the wedge. Not that the wedge can't hold the weight; it's all metal. But adjusting it with all this weight became difficult, so I got a bigger, heavier wedge.

This wedge would be perfect for a lighter, cropped-sensor camera (think Canon Rebel or Nikon 3000 or 5000 series camera) with a lightweight tracker (think Polarie or one of the plastic Chinese ones) and a lightweight prime or kit lens (my 50mm f.1.8 weighs only 3.5 oz.!). Because the wedge interfered with me using my tripods built-in level, I bought the Sunwayfoto level. Also, the 3/8" bolt requires a larger hex wrench than I could find in any kit at Home Depot, so I went to an industrial supply store and bought the wrench shown.

All told, this is Over $100 worth of equipment. It has been used 3-4 times and is in near mint condition. Asking $80 including PayPal fees and shipping.

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