Shoot stunning long-exposure and nightscape astrophotographs and create captivating daytime and nighttime time-lapse videos with the Orion StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker (CAT). This palm-sized, precision camera tracking module 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.
NOTICE: We are aware that the Tracker Console app used with the StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker fails to open or crashes on Android devices running the Android 11 operating system (only). We are working on a solution and will provide an updated app version as soon as possible. -10/29/2020
With a payload capacity of 6.6 lbs. (increases to 8.8 lbs. with the optional Declination Bracket accessory), 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.
Tracking of long-exposure night shots prevents star trailing, as shown in these two identical 60-second exposures at 24mm. The one on the left was not tracked, while the one on the right was tracked using the StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker.
Long-exposure shot tracked with the Orion StarShoot Compact Astro Tracker.
Polar alignment for tracked nightscape or celestial photography is easy with the included illuminated polar scope, which works in both northern and southern hemispheres. The optional Equatorial Base is recommended to set the correct angle of the StarShoot CAT for polar alignment and flawless 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).
Milky Way time-lapse captured with the StarShoot CAT.
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 and the Counterweight & Shaft kit, which is used with the optional Declination Bracket to help balance heavier loads. (See "We Also Suggest" at right for more information about these and other useful accessories for the StarShoot CAT.)
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.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-447-1001.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
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StarShoot CAT module
Ball head adapter
Polar scope illuminator (two pieces)
BHM-13 panoramic ball head mount
CR-2032 3V lithium battery
3/8" to 1/4" thread insert (removable, installed in module)
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