iOptron Skytracker Pro - Any experience?

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    Has anyone used the iOptron Skytracker Pro? If so, what did you think of it? easy to use? I am looking to pick one up shortly, but like to hear of others opinions of using it before buying one.

    I already have a sturdy tripod to use which should be plenty capable enough to hold the camera + lens + Skytracker, so am good there. Just wondering how well the iOptron works and if there are any similarly priced alternatives.

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    What latitude do you live at?
    What is the longest focal length lens you intend to use?

    I have the previous model. I got a well cared for used one for $200, including a Smith/Victor carbon fibre tripod, level, an Oben BE-117 ball head w/QR plate, and a carry case for the iOptron.
    Once set up and aligned well to celestial north it does a great job. The newer Pro model is a bit better than mine, though both have the max weight limit of 6.6 lbs.
    Because I live at 42° N latitude looking up through the alignment telescope is kind of a pain because of the steep angle.
     
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    I am at 38°N. For the most part I plan to use a Tokina 11-16mm lens, but may use up to a 300mm as well if it will work. The tripod I have is rated for 26lb and I think the camera plus lens were both less than the 6.6lb limit.

    Sounds like I may have the same difficulty with lining up Polaris, but it's not impossible. Have you tried the app at all?
     
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    Like tripod weight limits, device performance begins to get iffy once 1/2 the max weight is put on the device.
    My DSLR & 80-200 f/2.8 weigh 4.5 lbs, the most weight I've had on my Skytracker.
    I only extend 3 of the 4 leg sections on my tripod to give it a tad more stability. Even better is to only extend 2 leg sections if you have a 4 leg section tripod.

    As far as I know there is no app for my model.
     

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