The Orion StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker -Deluxe Kit:
Orion's StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker (CAT) is a palm-sized, precision camera tracking module which allows you to shoot stunning long-exposure and nightscape astrophotographs and create captivating daytime and nighttime time-lapse videos. It houses a right ascension DC servo motor with all metal gears and offers selectable sidereal, solar, and lunar tracking rates. Pop it on a tripod, attach your DSLR or mirrorless camera and you're ready to shoot for the stars - no experience necessary. What's more, the Orion StarShoot CAT is Wi-Fi enabled and controlled wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet with the FREE Tracker Console app for Android and iOS platforms.
With a payload capacity of 6.6-pounds (increases to 8.8-pounds with the optional Declination Bracket accessory-#OR-04803), the versatile Orion StarShoot CAT can support small telescopes for astronomical observing or cameras with even large telephoto lenses for astrophotography. With sidereal tracking, deep-space exposures can be extended to several minutes while still maintaining pinpoint stars, which would trail badly without tracking. Wide-field Milky Way portraits are no longer constrained to 30 seconds or less due to star trailing. Longer exposures mean you can use lower ISO values to reduce noise in your images, too. There's even a 0.5x sidereal speed that minimizes blurring of the foreground in tracked nightscape shots.
Polar alignment for tracked nightscape or celestial photography is easy with the included illuminated polar scope, which works in both northern and southern hemispheres. This Deluxe Kit includes the Orion Equatorial Base to set the correct angle of the StarShoot CAT for polar alignment and flawless tracking.
Wi-Fi and Tracking:
The free Tracker Console app lets you control the StarShoot CAT from your smartphone or tablet. A local Wi-Fi network is established between the tracker and your phone - no internet connection is needed. Just choose the photographic or time-lapse mode you want and set the parameters of your exposure(s). Then tap Run to start the automated sequence (requires optional remote shutter cable for your particular camera to connect it to the tracker).
Unlike most trackers on the market, the StarShoot CAT comes standard with a panoramic ball head camera mount to give you maximum freedom in aiming your camera and framing your shots. Optional accessories include the Orion StarBlast AutoTracker Tripod (#OR-08976) and the Counterweight & Shaft for StarShoot CAT kit (#OR-04804), which is used with the optional Declination Bracket to help balance heavier loads.
Small and lightweight enough to tuck into your camera bag or backpack, the StarShoot CAT is perfect for the mobile photographer. It is powered by two user-supplied AA batteries, which provide 24 hours of operation, or an external 5V USB power source. Weighs 22 oz.