Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Camera Mount for Astrophotography

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Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Camera Mount for Astrophotography is a specialist photographic accessory that allows you to take pin-sharp photos of stars and constellations. It is designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the earth’s rotation, eliminating star trails.

  • Travel camera mount for star photography
  • Very compact and light, optimised for air travel
  • Different tracking speeds
  • Designed for time-lapse photography
  • Very precise tracking (high-precision stepper motor)
  • Built-in compass (removable)
  • Can be upgraded for up to 6 kg bearing capacity (optional accessory)
  • Dimensions 95 x 137 x 58 mm / Weight 740 g

Using the Polarie to take wide field images of constellations, shooting stars as well the Milky Way is surprisingly straightforward.

Polarie also enables you to photograph “starscapes” by adding a darkened landscape or silhouetted figure in the foreground of your frame.

Product features

The Polarie can be set up in a few minutes even by those not familiar with the exact position of the celestial pole. Simply turn the Polarie in the direction of the pole star using the supplied compass as a guide, then use the built-in latitude meter and polar sight hole to align the mount.

The Polarie is designed to work with camera lenses that take wide-angle images.


  • Tracking speed: Sidereal, 0.5x sidereal, sun, moon
  • Fine adjustment: F57, 6mm worm wheel with 144 teeth
  • Polar axis: F 40mm, aluminium alloy
  • Drive: High-precision stepper motor:
  • Bearing capacity: approx. 2kg incl. ball head
  • Orientation aperture: Field of vision 8.9° vInclinometer: 0° to 70°
  • Miscellaneous: Built-in compass (removable)
  • Power supply: 2x AA batteries (compatible with alkaline, Ni-MH, Ni-CD batteries) or external power supply
  • compatible with USB mini-B
  • Drive voltage: AA batteries: DC2,4-3.0V, Max. 0.6A
  • External power supply: DC4,4-5,25V, max. 0.3A
  • Operating time: approx. 2 hours with alkaline batteries
  • Approx. 20 hours with external power supply at 20°C with 2 kg load
  • Operating temperature: 0° to 40°
  • Dimensions: 95mm x 137mm x 58mm
  • Weight: 740g without batteries
  • Optional accessories available: Polar finder telescope, M-155 tripod, QPL compass, ball head

The Polarie can operate for more than 2 hours on two AA-size batteries.

It’s compact size and minimal weight means you can take the Polarie anywhere to photograph the night sky.



  • Tracking mode  -   Celestial tracking rate. 1/2 of celestial tracking rate. Solar tracking rate (mean solar time). Lunar tracking rate (mean lunar time): Usable in both northern and southern hemispheres
  • Wheel gear  -   57.6mm dia. aluminium alloy axis with full-circle 144-tooth
  • Worm gear  -   9mm dia. high tension brass
  • Power source   -  2 AA-size alkaline batteries (2.4~3.0V)
  • External power supply  -   USB mini-B connection (4.4~5.25V)
  • Tilt meter  -   Angles between 0˚ and 70˚ (5˚ increments)
  • Compass  -   A margin of error is subject to magnetic declination at your location
  • Polar sight hole   -  About 8.9˚ field of view
  • Drive  -   Pulse motor (Stepper motor)
  • Tracking mode selector  -   Sidereal, 1/2 sidereal (star-scape), solar and lunar, usable in both hemispheres
  • Tripod socket  -   1/4" -20
  • Maximum payload capacity  -  2kg (4.4lb)
  • Operating temperature  -  0˚ to 40˚ C (104F)
  • Electricity consumption  -  DC3V.0.4A at loading weight of 2.0kg (4.4lb)
  • Duration of operation  -  About 2 hours at 20˚C (68F), a 2.0kg (4.4lb) loading weight using Alkaline batteries
  • Optional accessory  -  Dedicated polar axis scope
  • Dimensions  -  137 x 95 x 58mm
  • Weight  -  740g (26.1oz) without batteries
What's in the Box

Vixen Polarie Review in Sky at Night Magazine by Steve Richards
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