View Full Version here: : couldnt help myself - got a polarie

21-05-2012, 09:46 PM
i got my polarie today from myastroshop via my shippment controller (Al) and tried it out tonight. it seems well worth it. had a 60D with the sigma 18-200IS lens and a battery pack so it wasnt lightweight. it seems to go quite well. i roughtly pointed it to the south pole and took some 45 second shots. focus may have been off but this is a little ripper of a setup which can be deployed at a moments notice. i got the polarie, tripod and the polar finder scope (havent used that bit yet) and a bag.

so pointed at the dogs to see if they would lead me astray, siruis, castor and pupis et al

22-05-2012, 05:36 AM
Dumb question. What's a polarie?

22-05-2012, 07:57 AM
Here it tis

22-05-2012, 08:07 AM
Ah, cool. So you use a normal tripod and it tracks in RA for you?

22-05-2012, 10:12 AM
Thanks for posting this! It looks interesting. I wonder how it compares to the Astrotrac (besides price). The Astrotrac has the limitation of only being able to track for 2 hours before you have to wind the worm gear back to the start which isn't good for time lapses, but I assume that the Polarie has no limitation??

22-05-2012, 11:22 AM

22-05-2012, 11:24 AM
i will be honest - the astrotrac is better for weight handling and tracking but this unit is a real pack and go job. well worth having it on the shelf..

22-05-2012, 11:38 AM
Wow, does it work on a normal tripod?

How much was it?

22-05-2012, 11:44 AM
Looks great.

I guess you can point it in 'any' direction if you want to use it for timelapse and not to track in RA?

Did you get the package (http://www.myastroshop.com.au/products/details.asp?id=SI-105)or just the unit (http://www.myastroshop.com.au/products/details.asp?id=MAS-022A)?

22-05-2012, 11:45 AM
What are the pros/cons vs the AstroTrac?

22-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Bugger, it supports up to 2 kg load. With a lot of our big cameras, equipped with grip and fast chunky primes, we're looking at 3+ kg at a minimum. D'oh!

I was thinking this might be a perfect lightweight solution to take to NZ with me. Guess not. It was just the right amount of money, too. D'oh!


22-05-2012, 12:11 PM
will call and discuss

22-05-2012, 12:14 PM
it seemed to work with what i had on which would have been about 2.5kg but it needs to weigh down the tripod with sand or a weight. it needs bigger ball joints but will work well with most normal:rofl: cameras

22-05-2012, 12:26 PM
:whistle: ordered :)

Will be good out in the Kimberley's :)

22-05-2012, 12:43 PM
:rofl: :rofl: we expect some great shots now ;)

22-05-2012, 12:45 PM
oh Mike did you get the package or just the unit?

22-05-2012, 12:58 PM
Just the unit.

alan meehan
22-05-2012, 02:14 PM
Nice shots Dave ,this unit has a lot of potential ,gave mine a try last night as well just getting the hang of how to use it ,i will try again tonight,you were right could use a larger ball mount, perfect for some solar work.

brian nordstrom
22-05-2012, 06:06 PM
:question: Looks like one of these might be comming my way for my birthday :).
Such a simple design that looks to work very well .

23-05-2012, 08:56 PM
Very interesting! I look forward to seeing your results. I think the Polarie may be preferable to an Astrotrac for landscape and casual photographers who just want to capture a "nice" wide field Milky Way without getting too serious into astro?

01-06-2012, 06:18 PM
I'm having no issue getting a good 2 or 3 minute exposures with mine on Crete at the moment with no polarscope, it's just the Moon is a pain right now.

It is quite capable of more than just widefield landscapes.

01-06-2012, 07:07 PM
You're a bad man Dave.... I think I'll have to get one, I'll most likely need a new tripod as well, I'll tell HRH it's all your fault.

01-06-2012, 10:09 PM
LOL well i didnt force you to....:P

02-06-2012, 12:22 AM
There is a write up on these in this months AS&T ..... interesting read !!!!

02-06-2012, 05:38 PM
I'd love to hear a review of this little unit.

I wonder if it could handle the Nikon D800E and a 14-24mm lens?


02-06-2012, 05:46 PM
yes see my shot above with the 60D battery pack and the 18-200sigma is lens

02-06-2012, 05:50 PM
Mine arrived last week. I've taken it out of its box but not figured out how to hook a camera up to it yet :)

Will try once this weather clears.

Will also be happy to write a review of it once I come back from the Kimberley's.

03-06-2012, 10:51 AM
A quick google for specs brings up a total weight of around 2KG (969 lens 1000g camera with battery) for that combination, Vixen list the maximum loading weight at 4.4 lbs = 2Kg.

Assuming that figure includes a ball head you're over the limit, they list 2 ball heads as accessories one at 158g, you wouldn;t be much over the maximum in that case. Most of the ball head's mass is balanced, just the shaft would be unbalanced so you could probably ignore the ballhead weight.