QHY PoleMaster EQ Mount Polar Alignment Camera

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QH-POLEMASTER
  • Field-of-View: 11-degrees x 8-degrees.
  • Resolution: approx. 30 arcseconds.
  • Rough Precision: approx. 5 arcminutes.
  • High-precision electronic alignment scope.
  • Don't forget the proper Adapter for your mount!
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QHY PoleMaster EQ Mount Polar Alignment Camera

The QHY eliminates the frustrating aspects that can happen during polar alignment. Save time with this highly sensitive camera! You can start polar aligning before the night sky becomes truly dark with its high sensitivity.

Simply mount your camera to the front of your RA axis, it will then capture an image of the northern sky and then calculate where true north is based on that image. The information is displayed on a screen, helping you make any slight adjustments if needed.

QHY PoleMaster EQ Mount Polar Alignment Camera-box

The QHY Polemaster is the perfect accessory for your system

Check out its features:

Accuracy: Your best polar alignment can now be achieved with a PoleMaster in the order of a maximum 30-arcsecond range.

Wide-angle view: The PoleMaster's wide field-of-view (11 x 8 degrees) makes it very easy to locate the pole star. 

Easy to install: Easily install it onto any equatorial mount through mount-specific adapters, even on mounts without a polar scope.

Real-time monitoring and adjusting: You can monitor your polar alignment in real-time. If polar alignment is lost, it is now a simple matter to bring it back without having to start from scratch.

Three-star alignment no longer needed: Once you are polar aligned, you will only need to perform a one-star alignment - a real time saver.

Pair it with a single axis mount: When used with a single (RA-only) axis mount, good polar alignment will minimize drift in the DEC axis, therefore maximizing the performance of your mount.

 

Additional Information:

  • Install Method: Three M3 screws attach to a mount adapter (mount adapter is sold separately).
  • Interface: Mini USB 2.0.
  • High Precision: Max 30 arcseconds.
  • Dimensions: 40 mm Diameter, 50.7 mm tall.
  • Power Consumption: approx 0.35 Watt, 70 mA.

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Warranty1 Year Warranty
Weight115 g (0.25 lb)

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JM
04/16/2020
John M.
United States United States
PoleMaster review

I can not give a rating I suspect I would give it a five but I have not been able to use the item because the available software says it will run on OS X but the manual does not say WHICH version of Mac OS X. I have two computers one running 10.9 and one running 10.15. The software does not run on either one. I have sent two email to sales and software support at QHY. I have not heard back yet. I assume that Once I am told which version of Mac OS X it needs it will work quite well. I did an on line search and the only reference I could find was a reference to Mac OS X version 10.11 on cloundynights when the software was in beta. As soon as I know the right version of the software I will let you know it is working.

MA
02/05/2020
Mohamed A.
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Poor customer service

Qhy polemaster is Excellent peace of equipment and made my astrophotography sessions more easy and less frustrating lol.

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11/09/2019
MB
United States United States
Great Camera for Polar alignment but...

I Initially I had problems getting it to connect, but finally got it to work. It should be focused when sent, but the first night all of my target stars that formed the grid that I needed to match with the alignment pattern were out of focus-large round faint discs that i needed to wait a while for the shy to darken to see. Contacted both QHY and OPT, but no information on the QHY website on how to focus the camera and neither were able to give me a link or information how I could. I was reluctant to dissemble the camera so returned it for another unit. Same problem with the next one! A search on line lead me to a video that explained how to focus the camera, ridiculously easy. In fact the camera is sent with a small Allen wrench for that purpose. I would give 5 stars if this information was available in the on line manual. Below is a link to a Utube video explaining how it is done.: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cr-BlQbrRlS_UARPpjhs7lnJHvMUjWSH/view It is not apparent that the cas will screw off, and I was very reluctant to remove some the screws on the base to take it apart and void my ability to return the camera. Fortunately I found it with the second camera.

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10/15/2019
Anonymous
United States United States
Great product

I am really pleased with the QHY polarmaster. It has a intuitive user interface and the polar alignment results are outstanding. I strongly recommend this product

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10/15/2019
Anonymous
United States United States
QHY PoleMaster EQ Mount

Works great! Does exact what it was built for.

AL
08/13/2019
Alan L.
United States United States
Utility of PoleMaster is Outstanding

For portable-mount astrophotography, the PoleMaster allows polar alignment in the early evening, prior to creating a pointing model. Alignment using NextStar hand controller requires the model first and takes a bit longer. Initial impression, accuracy similar. But will test in future using PhD2 guiding assistant evaluation.