Add Vixen’s Polarie U to your toolbox

Instructions included

To test the device, I mounted a Nikon D610 digital camera on the Polarie U to take some photos under partly cloudy skies.

Taking good photos of stars depends on a number of factors. One of the most crucial ingredients is the skill and experience of the photographer. Luckily, Vixen has provided one of the best beginner’s guides I’ve ever seen to help you get started if you’re new to this process.

Another factor in taking good star photos is the quality and accuracy of the star tracker itself – and at this the Polarie U excels. The manual recommends half-speed starscape mode to increase exposure time when capturing a landscape with stars overhead, which makes the foreground appear to move less. With the camera in manual mode, ISO at 1600 and the lens at f/2.8, I experimented with 30 second exposures before moving on to longer exposures. The Polarie U performed flawlessly at every exposure time.

When I used the Polarie U, I was taken back to the first photo of the night sky I had ever captured. As a child, I had to be more inventive with my settings. To take a long exposure, I covered my lens with a scarf, taped the shutter button, and removed the scarf. After five minutes, I put the scarf back on the lens and released the shutter. The result was my first image of Orion in classic black and white.

Half a century later, technology has made it easy for anyone to take beautiful pictures of the night sky, thanks to trackers like the Polarie U Star Tracker.

Product Information

Vixen Polarie U Star Tracker
Tracking rate: Celestial Speed, 0.5x Celestial, Solar, Lunar
Maximum charge: 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms)
Power: Four AA batteries, Ni-MH or Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries or USB Type-C external power batteries
Battery life: About 7 hours at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C)
Dimensions: 88.5mm x 72mm x 110.5mm
Weight: 1.26 pounds (0.57 kilograms)
Price: Not yet available
Contact: Explore Scientific (US distributor) 1010 S. 48th Street Springdale, Arizona 72762

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