LighTrack II portable star tracker 01

LighTrack II mount

We recommend this option if you already have a 2 way or 3 way adjustable head for your tripod and a polarscope, you also need a ballhead for your camera. 

+ LighTrack II mount only (with main accessories)


NOW WITH 30 DAYS MONEY BACK WARRANTY


Availability: In stock

€430.00
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==> CLICK HERE FOR TEST REVIEWS <== 
==>Manuals for LighTrack II mount and HM 5 polarscope<==
==>LighTrack II Video overview<==
==>PolarScope Collimation Tutorial Video<==


Accessories:
-LighTrack II mount 
-Adapter thread ring (M28x1) for EQ5 polarscope 
-Car cigar lighter plug cable (12 V DC)
(Autoguiding cable is not included.)


Exclusive design and precision

The LighTrack II has been designed for astrophotographers who do not want to make compromises in their beloved field. Looks and functionality go hand-in-hand in perfect unison. Its compact size, lightweight but robust body paired with outstanding tracking accuracy makes the LighTrack II an ideal choice in the market of portable trackers.

 

“I’ve been working with Fornax Mount’s LighTrack series since their first model. And it was love at first sight or at first track, actually. It fits in my hand luggage when I fly, it offers crazy accurate tracking and it’s built by people who love the night sky.”

(Alex Conu)

lightrack II


Friction drive and super tracking accuracy

At the heart of the LighTrack is the precision motor and the friction drive. The fine friction strip makes the movement of the mount very balanced. . The amazing unguided tracking accuracy of the LighTrack is in its own league. Capturing pin sharp stars at 200 mm or more focal length has never been easier. The LighTrack II also presents the best available value-for-money price without any compromises. The peak-to-peak unguided tracking error of the LighTrack is less than 2 arcseconds in eight minutes measuring, a significantly lower value than most other products feature. Measuring and adjusting the tracking rate is not an issue anymore, since this unit runs at just the right speed to prevent image trailing. The LighTrack provides you with optimum tracking accuracy due to strict production tolerances and it is guaranteed to stay reliable for years to come. All LighTrack units are individually calibrated at the factory, so you do not have to worry about the tracking rate.



Periodic error measurement of LighTrack II:

Measuring time: 12 minutes
Accuracy: +- 1 arcsecund (gap between two horizontal lines is 1 arcsec)

tracking accuracy of lightrack ii



Sress tests of LighTrack II (UNGUIDED):

 

stress test of lightrack ii


stress test of lightrack ii

 

 


Compact, light and robust

The LighTrack II weighs only 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs). The length is 280 mm (11”), the width is 140 mm (5.5 “) and the height is 40 mm (1.6”). The built is exceptionally massive despite its light weight. All metal components are made from 7075 aluminium alloy reinforced with magnesium, a matterial developed in the building of aircrafts (Please notice this material has poorly anodizing nature which can causes some spots on the surface!). The housing is made of a carbon-composite plastic with a multi-layered, UV and abrasion-proof coating to provide further durability.


"Working with the new LightTrack II is pure joy! The outstanding accuracy in combination with the consumer friendly usability makes this start tracker to my permanent companion during the night."

(Stefan Liebermann)

 

 

lightrack astro tracker




Easy to use
 

Using the LighTrack II is not only a piece of cake, it is also a lot of fun. The retractable arm makes the ergonomics of polar alligment easy. Mount the polar scope and set the arm in a position most comfortable to you. The mount is compatible with 2D and 3D heads as it features both ¼-" and ⅜" threads. Devices can be connected with the mount through a standard ⅜” thread.

 

spika astrophoto lightrack star tracker




Technical standards
 

The LighTrack II runs on 12V DC. The LighTrack II comes with a cigarette lighter charger cable that can be connected to a powerbank or even to your car. Alternatively, use any 12V DC center positive battery. The mini USB port enables the mount to be updated to the latest software version through your computer. An autoguiding plug rounds things off yielding even more tracking accuracy.



lightrack astro tracker plugs


 


SPECIFICATION OF LIGHTRACK II MOUNT:
 
 


Maximum tracking time 107 min
Periodic error < +/-1 arc,  (8 min)
Recommended longest focal lenght 1000 mm
Recommended longest exposure duration 6 min
Recommended max telescope weight (without balanced counterweight) 6 Kg
Recommended max telescope weight (with balanced counterweight-ONLY FMC-100!) 12 Kg
Directions Northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere
Tracking speed Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, Half
Autoguide input Yes
Tripod fixing 3/8" or 1/4" photo thread
Camera (ballhead) fixing 3/8" photo thread
Dimensions 280 x 140 x 80 mm
Mount weight 1,3 Kg
Voltage 5.5/2.1 center positive DC plug
Current draw ~150 mA
Built in battery no

 

 

 

alex conu astrophoto lightrack ii


Photo by Alex Conu




lightrack II astrophoto

Photo: Matej Mihelčič (Spika)

 



lightrack II astrophoto milky way

 

Photo by Lázár József





lightrack II astrophoto magellan

 

Photo by Lázár József



lightrack II astrophoto

Photo by Alex Conu





Photo: Matej Mihelčič (Spika)




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