SKY-WATCHER STAR ADVENTURER ASTRO-IMAGING MOUNT WITH AUTOGUIDER INTERFACE
Dave Says: "Online reviews and our own testing demonstrate that this new mount has potential, but has caveats. Let's look at what it's not - It is not a replacement for any EQ mount. It can carry small light refractors under 80mm but does require guiding to get decent exposure times. Unguided, it performs like other DSLR Trackers. It does require a decent sturdy tripod to perform well, and than can easily drive up the cost if you don't have one."
"What it does do well, is time-lapse and DSLR Astro-imaging up to 300mm lens under 2mins in tests, although the polar scope is not dark-field illuminated, and obscured by the ball-head/L Bracket when in use. The Snap feature is useful, and the photo bundle makes this mount a multi-function device."
The user-friendly Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer provides various combinations to satisfy all you needs for astrophotography and time-lapse photography. It is a high precision, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control. Moreover, it contains pre-programmed parameters assisting you to create interesting time-lapse videos with your DSLR.
Star Adventurer Astro-Photo Bundle: includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adaptor, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight. Various Sky-Watcher electronic shutter release cables can be purchased separately for many popular camera models/brands.
The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adaptors. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately with the included Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head can be fitted (not supplied) or to the supplied Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the supplied counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. By dispensing with the counterweight shaft, a small telescope and camera (using a ball head, not supplied) can be mounted simultaneously on the Dovetail L-bracket. Using just the dovetail bar from the Dovetail L-Bracket, two cameras can be mounted at the same time using two tripod ball heads (not supplied).
Product features: • Multiple pre-programmed speeds for time lapse photography • Tracking rate selectable between Sidereal, Solar and Lunar • Built in polar scope with illuminator • DSLR interface for automatic electronic shutter control • Built-in auto-guiding interface for single-axis auto guiding • Low power consumption • External Mini USB power support • Compatible with 3/8" and 1/4" camera tripod thread • Free firmware upgrades • Maximum payload at 5kg Specifications • Mount Type Ultra compact equatorial tracking platform • Motor Drive DC Servo • Power Supply 4xAA battery: DC 3.6V~6.5V; External power supply DC 5V • Payload Capacity 5kg (11 lb) • Tracking Modes Sidereal, Solar or Lunar tracking rate for both North & South hemispheres. Time-lapse photography: 12hr/4hr/2hr rev.
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