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The Omegon Mini-Track mount is an instrument that almost guarantees successful astronomy photos when used with wide-angle and lightweight telephoto lenses. No matter where your trip takes you – the MiniTrack can accompany you to anywhere in the world (northern or southern hemisphere). It works completely without batteries and will fit in any pocket. Hundreds of people are already successfully using it and are thrilled by the photos produced. Astronomy photos taken using the MiniTrack will definitely attract attention!
The advantages in a nutshell
- take pictures of the night sky from anywhere in the northern or southern hemisphere – successfully and effortlessly
- never needs charging – works via clockwork, so is independent of batteries and power sockets
- wind-up by pulling the cord and the mount will start operating immediately
- optimal for overview shots of the starry sky and using telephoto lenses up to about 300mm
- simply put onto a tripod and mount a camera of up to 2kg in weight
Better astronomy photos
Don’t just bring holiday photos back home from your trip with you, take home stunning astronomy photos too. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. All you need is a tripod, the MiniTrack mount, a ball-head and your camera. Reduced to the essentials it still does the job – producing good astronomy photos that anyone can take. And it does exactly that!
60 minutes of mechanical tracking
The MiniTrack has a clockwork heart, electronics have no place. A precision movement accurately tracks your camera. Wind-up the MiniTrack with its cord, like an analogue clock, and it will start tracking immediately and continue for 60 minutes. This mount will never flag, even in freezing conditions. Your new mount can even take a telephoto lens. It is no coincidence that this ‘expert’ in wide-field photography has won the hearts of amateur astronomers.
Like a counterweight – the powerful spring system
The MiniTrack is extremely compact and needs no accessories such as a counterweight. That is because it’s already been built-in – in the form of a spring system. As your camera starts to be tracked, the spring both supports the weight and looks after the tracking. Take this mount in your luggage on flights and leave your main mount at home.
Find the pole in a jiffy
It is straightforward finding the Pole Star with the polar finder tube. This ‘rough’ orientation is sufficient to track your camera plus lens. Amazingly beautiful pictures are produced in a flash when carrying out a series of bracketing exposures.
Fits onto every tripod
The MiniTrack has two connectors – one for the tripod and another for your camera or ball-head. Simply attach the mount to your tripod as usual using the 1/4″ screw and align the MiniTrack as you like. Alternatively, you can mount a ball head with the 1/4″ or 3/8″ thread.
Invented and developed by Cristian Fattinnanzi
The MiniTrack mount was developed by Cristian Fattinnanzi from Italy. Omegon has taken over the distribution to make it accessible to a wider circle of photographers and nature lovers.
Take astronomy photos in no time at all using this fully mechanical mini-mount. No power or charging is required. Just take a picture – anytime, anywhere.
Included in delivery
- MiniTrack mount
- polar finder tube
- 1/4″ to 3/8″ and 1/4″ to 1/4″ adapters
The back of the MiniTrack – The wind-up spring mechanism ensures reliable tracking, even when only loaded on one side
‘The Frozen Lake’ – Carezza Lake, Italy. At the foot of the Latemar Massif in the Dolomites (1530m). Exposure – 2×300 seconds, ISO800 with a Laowa 12mm lens on a Canon 5d3 camera. Photo: Cristian Fattinnanzi.
‘Saslong Night’ – Sassolungo da Col Raiser, Italy. Composite of 2×300 second exposures at ISO800 (1x sky, 1x landscape), taken with Canon 5d3 camera and Canon 16-35 f/2.8 lens. Photo: Cristian Fattinnanzi.
‘Heart of the Galaxy’ – composite photo from different exposures taken at a mountain refuge in Fargno (1820m). The main picture was taken with a Canon 5d Mark III using a 24-70 f/2.8 lens set at 39mm (exposure 180sec., ISO400). A Canon 20Da camera modified for astronomy was used at two different focal lengths for the nebula region. Wide field at 24mm, Rho Ophiuchi details were zoomed in at 70mm focal length. Picture: Cristian Fattinnanzi.