Vixen Advanced Polaris Photoguider

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  • Designed for astrophotography without the weight
  • Attach a DSLR or small telescope with camera and away you go
  • Precision RA drive and Star Book One controller for accurate guiding
  • Makes a great travel mount for both visual and photographic use
  • Latitude Adjustment range is 0 - 65 degrees
  • Total weight (mount, tripod, counterweight) is about 20 pounds
  • Includes the TL130 Tripod with adjustable metal legs
  • Comes with 2.2 lb. counterweight, shaft, and Vixen-style saddle
  • Micro USB power port
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  • Description

    The Vixen Advanced Polaris Photo Guider is a lightweight star tracker for long exposure astrophotography. It has the precision of the Advanced Polaris (AP) Mount and the ease of portability. The Vixen AP Photo Guider Mount comes with the STAR BOOK ONE controller, providing you with accurate RA tracking over long periods and comfortable operation. When using a moderate size telephoto lens, the Advanced Polaris Photo Guider will product images of bright Messier objects. This guiding mount for astrophotography also includes the sturdy, adjustable APP-TL130 Tripod and a Polar Alignment Scope. You can do a simple alignment process by placing two known stars in the proper location of the reticle. No hour angle setting is required.

    STAR BOOK ONE Features

    The STAR BOOK ONE is a handheld controller for the Advanced Polaris mount. It drives the RA motor attached to the Photo Guider mount (the black module seen in the product photo). The Star Book One includes a built-in red LED light for illumination to avoid loosing night vision. Versatile tracking options are available; sidereal rate, Kings Rate, lunar rate, and solar rate. Different tracking speeds are available for time lapse photography. The controller works in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Backlash compensation provides reduced time lag at the point of reverse motion and PEC rectifies irregular motion of the tracking gear wheels that affect long exposure astrophotography.

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    What's Included

    • Vixen AP Photo Guider Mount
    • RA Axis Motor
    • One 2.2 lb. Counterweight
    • STARBOOK ONE hand controller
    • Starbook One cable and strap
    • AP-TL130 Tripod

  • Dimensions & Specifications


    AP Mount RA Body Unit with Mount Base



    Load Capacity:

    13 pounds

    RA Slow Motion:

    Worm and Wheel Gears

    Wheels Number of Teeth:


    RA Axis:

    59mm diameter, aluminum alloy

    Worm Shaft:

    11mm, brass

    Altitude Adjustment:

    0° ~ 70 degrees latitude

    Azimuth Adjustment:

    1.4° per rotation

    Number of Bearings:


    Counterweight Bar:

    20mm diameter


    2.2 lb.

    Motor Type:


    Power Port:

    USB Micro-B

    Power Supply:

    External USB Battery Pack, not included

    Mount Weight:

    6 pounds without counterweights



    Controller CPU:

    32bit CISC Processor, 40MHz

    Controller Display:

    Two-line STN with backlight

    Controller Power Connecting Port:

    DC12V, Center Plus Polarity

    Controller Guider Port:

    6-pole, 6-wire modular jack

    Controller Dimensions:

    5.4 x 2.5 x .8 inches

    Controller Weight:

    3.88 ounces


    TL130, adjustable from 22.4 to 51 inches

    Tripod Weight:

    12 pounds

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