Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-18-2021, 06:30 PM   #1
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 149
Benro Polaris Remote Controlled Tripod Head - Wifi / Cellular and Some Camera Control

Hey Folks,

Just wondering if there are any backers of the Benro Polaris Kickstarter project on here?

I'm a bit excited about it, but not sure how well it will work out. If any of you are interested, it would be great if you could post a comment on their Kickstarter page to request Pentax support for the camera control part.
There are a handful of us on there already, but the more the merrier

Link Here

Full disclosure: I'm a backer of the Kickstarter project, and hoping they'll get the mount to work as a GoTo mount, using platesolving over Wifi, for medium length, medium field astro shooting, from the warmth of my living room .
I don't think they'll manage long exposure, deep sky objects, but who knows....

I love a gadget anyway, so let's see what happens !

Ian.

02-19-2021, 08:02 AM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 23,902
Which Pentax are you asking for control support on? There are a lot already listed and all of those offer everything except liveview. Notably absent on the list: K1/K1ii, and KP.
02-19-2021, 11:17 AM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Idaho
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,885
Looks very promising and has some really neat features like star tracking (your go-to idea should certainly be included), and auto-panoramas. WIll look forward to future announcements and pricing.
02-19-2021, 01:45 PM   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Paul the Sunman's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,312
Interesting, ... but not for me without K1 compatibility.

02-20-2021, 02:38 PM   #5
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 149
Original Poster
Iím really looking for the live view on the K1ii, as I donít think some of the best features will work without it .

Also worth noting that they are taking account of feedback . Impressed to see them announce this today regarding Astro use :

Hi everyone!



A few confirmed updates of Polaris:

1. Capture Panoramas While Tracking Stars.



We decided to add a star tracking function to Polaris's panoramic shooting mode after hearing your suggestions. We think itís a great idea!



Please note that while our algorithm will try - you may need to manually stitch photos later in the post. Due to the similarity of stars our algorithm may not be able to complete stitching when shooting a dark starry sky.



2. We will allow Polaris to Connect to Existing Network.



3. Weíre super excited about this one. Hereís the good news: We got in touch with Panasonic staff and got strong support from them. Polaris will add support for the Panasonic GH5, GH5S, G9, BGH1, S1, S1H, S1R, and S5 camera models to the compatibility list.



If you arenít a Panasonic user and your camera model is not on our camera list, we are also working hard to make Polaris compatible with more cameras in the future.



4. After additional prototype testing and verification - that we have decided to increase the tracking accuracy of Polaris by four. This increases the initial design accuracy of 0.01 į (36 arcsec) to 0.0025 į (9 arcsec). This is achieved by increasing the deceleration ratio of the transmission structure. Thank you very much to everyone who gave us practical suggestions to help make Polaris more perfect.

In addition, Polaris has added a new shooting mode. Now that the accuracy of Polaris has been improved, we hope to also make Polaris more powerful.



5. To do this - we have added a visual correction function to Polaris. When you use Polaris for long exposure deep-sky shooting, Polaris will take a set of photos, each of which is a long exposure. After each photo is taken, Polaris will recognize the precise position of each star in the frame and correct for the movement/direction of the camera. This helps to avoid shooting for tens of minutes or having to continually reset positioning and restarting shots for hours. After the shooting is complete - Polaris will align and stack the photos captured to create an ultra-long exposure photo.



Hope you enjoyed todayís update. Have a great weekend!



- Benro Polaris Team

---------- Post added 02-20-21 at 03:41 PM ----------



---------- Post added 02-20-21 at 03:49 PM ----------

This is why I think itís worth pushing them and requesting Pentax liveview compatibility If the market is there and itís technically possible , why wouldnít they ?

Last edited by Ian.morgan; 02-20-2021 at 02:48 PM.
07-21-2022, 08:49 PM   #6
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2011
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 562
QuoteOriginally posted by Ian.morgan Quote
Hey Folks,

Just wondering if there are any backers of the Benro Polaris Kickstarter project on here?

I'm a bit excited about it, but not sure how well it will work out. If any of you are interested, it would be great if you could post a comment on their Kickstarter page to request Pentax support for the camera control part.
There are a handful of us on there already, but the more the merrier

Link Here

Full disclosure: I'm a backer of the Kickstarter project, and hoping they'll get the mount to work as a GoTo mount, using platesolving over Wifi, for medium length, medium field astro shooting, from the warmth of my living room .
I don't think they'll manage long exposure, deep sky objects, but who knows....

I love a gadget anyway, so let's see what happens !

Ian.
I backed. Nothing has arrived, and not alone in that. Did you receive it?
07-22-2022, 10:30 PM   #7
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 149
Original Poster
Hiya.

Yes, I backed it and got mine around December if I remember right. I ordered the one without cellular capability, and they shipped much earlier than the ones with cellular. Which one did you go for? Some cellular purchasers are still waiting, but most have now received. There's a Facebook group where people have complained a lot over the last year about delivery, but most now have them.

As far as I understand, most have now shipped, and they have even started to ship some of the initial IndieGoGo orders for the non-cellular, but if you mail the special campaign email address, I think you can ask for a shipping update. Even the 'speedy' delivery was not that speedy, if I'm honest. The software was quite buggy in the early days, but is getting much better now, so if you receive yours soon, you should avoid the worst of the teething troubles.

The biggest problem from a Pentax point of view, is that they still haven't enabled any Pentax capability. HDMI support and remote shutter release is likely to be the first way to use it in a meaningful way. HDMI was promised before the end of July, but I'm not convinced that will be on time. It can recognise some Pentax camera's now, but is not yet able to do anything with them.

I'm hoping to persuade the Benro developers to adopt one of the GitHub projects that has Pentax support, like PKTriggerCord, and uses that code in the Benro project, but no luck as yet. PKTriggerCode have just added support for the K3iii and there is some limited support already for the K1ii in that, so if the Benro developers picked up that code to use in the device, it would be fantastic. Any help from fellow Pentaxians to push that agenda would be gratefully appreciated !

For myself, I bought a second hand Sony A7ii to use with the Benro Polaris for now, which I'll probably sell on, if they ever manage to complete the inclusion of Pentax support. Support for that is much better. Most things 'just work' with that.

Ian.



In terms of performance, when it performs, it actually tracks very well, but since it relies on a phone for the GPS readings, it is susceptible to interference.
I'm hoping they'll find a way to implement platesolving still. It's been talked about, but not yet implemented.
The majority of the developers work is now on the UI for the app, which gets updated about every 2 weeks.

The device is now taking orders on AliExpress, at a significant uplift, so if you managed to get one at the original price, and you don't like it, you'll easily be able to make your money back


Last edited by Ian.morgan; 07-22-2022 at 10:37 PM.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
accuracy, algorithm, benro, benro polaris, camera, code, control, delivery, exposure, features, hdmi, hope, kickstarter, live view, medium, mode, mount, panasonic, pentax, photo, photography, photos, polaris, project, suggestions, support, tripod head wifi, wifi
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Suggestion In Accessory Reviews: Change the name of Remote Control WP to Remote Control O-RC1 pete-tarmigan Site Suggestions and Help 2 12-06-2016 03:49 PM
Need WIFI controlled compact/WR camera Shanti Pentax Compact Cameras 3 12-11-2013 09:45 PM
PENTAX Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1 vs. Remote Control F jpzk Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 8 12-02-2013 08:11 AM
For Sale - Sold: 3 Remote Control F, One Waterproof Infrared Remote Control pntxjack Sold Items 2 03-14-2013 10:33 AM
When do we get built-in GPS, wifi, bluetooth, and cellular data LTE? dmytty Pentax DSLR Discussion 116 12-18-2012 02:04 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:54 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top