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I am NOT an astronomy person, so this may be a dumb question, however I have recently found a tripod that appears to be for star tracking as far as I can guess. I would like to know the type of tripod and if possible the brand as it is not labeled and I do not know how to operate it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Seems to be an alt-az type - that is, it can go left-right and up-down, but doesn't align directly with the Polar axis for star tracking. It may well be a video camera tripod - the red "switch" looks, to me, like a brake/lock to hold the vertical position. (It could probably be used for amateur astronomy if that's what you want to do.) $\endgroup$
    – Andy
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ Well My hope was to adapt a DSLR tripod mounting shoe so that I can do very long photo exposures without trailing stars $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ Then you'll need an equatorial mount with a tracking motor. Some suggestions. An alt-az mount will limit exposures to 20-40 seconds due to field rotation, even if you add a motor for tracking; see this video for an explanation. If you're using a short focal length lens, not a telescope or supertele, options include barndoor or automated trackers. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 20:17

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It appears to be an older version of the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 800x70mm Refractor Telescope

Full manual here

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