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AnakChan

Vixen Polarie with K-Astec XY-50D mount and Polarie cradle

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I shared this on CN and thought I'd share it here too. I picked up the K-Astec XY-50D mount for the my Polarie along with a cradle for it too. I had problems with my Polarie moving especially when I was switching back 'n forth between the Polar Guide scope & the camera mounting block and microadjustment wasn't easy. The XY-50D provides the microadjustment and locking to the Polarie, whilst the cradle prevents the Polarie from lateral twists :-

Polarie & XY-50D (no cradle)

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Polarie with cradle on the XY-50D

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Microadjustment on the XY-50D

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Polarie Cradle

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Sample Setup

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Hi,

I'm a big Polarie fan and this looks a very nice and stable set up.  

Do you have a link for where you got the Polarie cradle from please?  Also, did you buy the XY-50D from K-Astec in Japan directly (http://homepage2.nifty.com/astec/XY.html)?

Thanks,

Steve

Yes I live in Japan. I picked up my XY-50D from Kyoei Tokyo. At least two weeks back when I picked up the XY-50D from the shop, it was the last one they had in store. I don't know if they're restocked since. As for the cradle I picked it up from Yahoo Auction. The cradle isn't a perfect fit, I had to "hammer" it into the XY-50D. There are 4 tabs that fit into the base of the XY-50D however the size of the tabs a a little large so the fit is tight. As the cradle's made from polymer, the imperfect size of the tabs aren't a big issue, once it's in I doubt if I'd take it out.

My Polarie upgrade isn't done yet. I'm waiting for T-Factory to start stocking in their PCB-EQ2. It'll hopefully end up looking something similar to this :-

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I'm trying to push my Polarie to the max before considering other options like the Swat-200 or Toast Pro.

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I must admit, I'm pushing the weight limit on my Polarie so I'm very interested in the SWAT-350 and Toast Pro links.  These are new to me so lots of research needed.  Have you looked into either of these options in any detail and is one more favourable to the other?

Thanks,

Steve

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I've been looking at the SWAT and Toast Pro myself. They're much more capable than the Polarie however they're also bigger & heavier. Having said that, I think  the PCB-EQ2 + Polarie would probably equal or heavier than the weight of the SWAT or Toast Pro (I ordered the PCB-EQ2 BTW, should be ready for delivery end of the month).

Both SWAT & Toast Pro are much more sophisticated than the Polarie. The SWAT especially is extremely configurable...lots of accessories & options - even a handheld remote control (but no GOTO). These two brands don't just hold heavy cameras but can also hold mini scopes (up to 70/80mm mini refractors?).

I'll try my Polarie with PCB-EQ2 when they arrive. If that's not enough to hold my camera setup, then I may consider the SWAT-200 at least...the SWAT-350 is probably an overkill unless I start expanding to mini refractors, etc.

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I saw this. I find it very hard to believe that the Polarie can hold a EOS-1Dx with 300/2.8 without issues. The "stars must have been aligned" that night, no wind, perfect stability... :-

https://ryanwatamura.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/year-of-the-comet/

It is pretty amazing - But I guess If it's properly balanced it's surprising what you can do...

The  larger Canon L Series lenses  and Pro bodies tend to be pretty well balanced when mounted using the tripod collars...

Peter...

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Great photos. My T-Factory PCB-EQ2 kit arrived this week so I'm looking forward to trying it out.

Oh how did you order it? They were willing to ship internationally?

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Hi guys,

....sorry if this is a old post but this is just the ticket for my vixen Polarie, I have searched Optcorp's site but nothing ? Do any of you have a item code and a price including shipping to U.K.

Your help with this would be much appreciated, would be ideal for my upcoming trip to the canaries in January.

Mikey.

 

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Mikey,

Sorry for the late response...too late for your canaries trip. Did you try reaching out to T-Factory directly to see if you could pick up  their updated PCB-EQ3?

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Hi Sean

thanks for the reply and no problem, it can happen on old posts. Regarding the T-Factory mount, I tried to email the US supplier without success, but I did receive a reply from Tommy Cheng in Taiwan who sent a similar mount but not quit the same as the T-Factory but a better quality product in my opinion, reserved I might add as I would love to have both mounts and maybe purchase a second Polarie too. The trip to the Canary Islands was a bit disappointing as after checking on PhotoPills the brightest part of the milky way would not be visible, I had a great holiday and nice to have the winter warmth..........I'm getting the call from Africa again so Botswanna maybe on the cards for 2018, wife permitting lol.

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Gotcha. Anyhow if you decide to look back into the T-Factory product again, there's been a few changes/options available now that makes it a little more versatile to take drink bottles as counterweights which makes it great for travel. However I think I could do with a shorter counterweight shaft and an additional counterweight as the longer counterweight shaft is more susceptible to vibrations. 

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