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Hiya, I recently treated myself to the iOptron SkyTracker and tried it out for the first the the other night. I kept getting star trails (which I later realised may have been due to the fact that I had it set to half speed! Silly me!) But I also had a lot of trouble with the polar alignment and I feel that, even if I had had it set to the correct speed, I still would have been getting star trails... These are the steps I went through, can anyone tell me if I am doing something wrong? I levelled my tripod and faced the tracker towards North I set my latitude to around 56 for the UK (Perth)... am I right in thinking that Polaris should then be within the field of view if I just pan my tripod around? This is where I think I messed up, as I couldn't find Polaris anywhere and had to significantly increase the latitude to find (what I thought) was Polaris. Did I maybe not level my tripod properly at the beginning? I was in such a rush to start imaging, that I probably didn't pay enough attention when I was setting it up! I used a polar alignment app and placed 'Polaris' (in hindsight I think it might have just been a random star that I thought looked decent enough ) where it was meant to be... but I just got rubbish pictures... So if anyone has any advice, I'd be very grateful!! Also, if anyone has any images taken with the iOptron SkyTracker and wouldn't mind sharing them, I'd love to have a look! I live in a fairly light polluted area and my first target was Andromeda... not the best combination, but is it still possible to get a semi-decent picture? Thanks!
This is the original iOptron Sky Tracker. Comes with the polarscope, case and manual. In excellent condition. Please note this is NOT the v2 version which has the azimuth adjustment - I used a panoramic head to adjust the azimuth. Although this model has been superseded by the v2 and now the pro versions it still tracks extremely well provided you get it polar aligned (just the same can be said for the newer models). However as this is the older model I'm selling it at for just £95 including postage within the UK Payment via paypal (sorry, you pay the fee or send as gift) or bank transfer.
Hi, having recently upgraded to a telescope I no longer require my iOptron SkyTracker 3302W. I purchased it from WEX Photographic & to be honest, I have only used it in anger 3 or 4 times because of time constraints. It is in perfect working order in original packaging & box as seen in the pic below. A word of warning that I found out through trial and error is that unless you use exceptional quality batteries, tracking time & accuracy will be compromised. The unit does however have a 12v input & I used a Celestron Car Battery Adapter cable to power the Tracker but any 12v supply that ends with a male 2.1mm center positive cable will do. Full specs are available here: http://www.ioptron.com/product-p/3302w.htm Due to the weight 1.7kg I would have to post the item via Royal Mail Special Delivery - Guaranteed by 1pm next day, this is reflected in the post price. So, price: £190.00 collected £200.00 posted (UK only: UK services cover the Highlands and Islands, Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man but not the Channel Islands) Sensible offers may be considered. Payment via Bank Transfer prior to posting or cash if collecting in person , (finer details to be discussed via PM after sale agreed, as per forum rules). LISTED FOR SALE ELSEWHERE Any questions I'll try to answer as quickly as possible. Thanks