iOptron makes economical astrophotography gear that allows you to track the motion of the stars across the night sky. To learn more about this equipment and learn how to use it, read the “How To” Series: Astrophotography with the iOptron SkyTracker.
For something more heavy duty and full featured, get the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer.
You will need a ball head to go with the SkyTracker or SkyGuider Pro. The iOptron ball head below is a good option. I have also included a couple of planispheres. It would be a good idea to read this article: The Best Night, Astronomy, and Astrophotography Books.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope – This is the lighter weight, more portable version. I used an earlier version of this model to create the image above.
iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount with Electorinic Polar Finder – This is the heavy duty model if you are using larger, heavier lenses.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Astro Pack – Motorized DSLR Night Sky Tracker
Be sure and get the SkyWatcher S20530 Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base which will make polar alignment much easier. If you are going to use a heavy telephoto lens, get the SkyWatcher S20540 Star Adventurer Counter Weight Kit.
iOptron 3305A SkyTracker Ball Head. – Arca Swiss compatible head. The quick release camera plate is included. Load capacity: 20 pounds.
Choose a planisphere that matches your approximate latitude. Spin the dial to match the date and time and the planisphere will give you a map of the overhead night sky.
Planisphere: The Night Sky 30°-40° (Large; North Latitude) by the David Chandler Company
Planisphere: The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large; North Latitude) by the David Chandler Company
Page created December 5, 2017. Updated December 3, 2022.