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    Question Ball head for Astrophotography



    Hey, I'm going to buy my first ball head for astrophotography. I'm having a hard time picking between these two: Manfrotto 496 or Sirui C-10X.
    I'll attach it to my Skywatcher star adventurer, and the max. payload capacity will be a small Nikon D3400 and a 300mm lens.

    Hope you can explain which one to pick

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    Default Re: Ball head for Astrophotography

    300mm is really pushing it. Your polar alignment will really need to be spot on. Good luck and please post your results. Have fun out there!
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    Default Re: Ball head for Astrophotography

    You don’t really need a ball head with the SA. If you have the Astro L bracket for the SA you can position the camera to any orientation as it is.

    The ball head makes it difficult to keep the center of gravity. I found tat out the hard way!

    As said, PA is critical. I managed 5min exposures at 200mm using a pole master and auto guiding. 300mm will be a challenge.

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    Default Re: Ball head for Astrophotography

    Thanks for the answer. I've got a L-bracket, but without the use of a ball head, I can't avoid these weird camera angles when turning it around. What is a pole master btw?

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    Default Re: Ball head for Astrophotography

    Pole master is a method for gaining polar alingment by use of a dedicted camera which guides you on how much to move your mount on RA and DEC.

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    Yes, its a bit on the expensive side and other methods are maturing to offer the same results, but from pure ease and accuracy, PA can be achieved in about 3-5mins

    If you must go with a Ball head, i did try the Manfrotto 946 and it held the weight of my DSLR and 200mm lens no problem.. I guess it would be ok with your 300mm
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