About this product
Part Number: 50987
Motorised platform for GOTO visual astronomy, panoramic photography, terrestrial observations, time-lapse, security & surveillance.
Winner of the 2011 prestigious International CES Innovations award for design and engineering excellence.
The award winning Skywatcher Allview mount is an innovative and highly versatile computerised mount & tripod that serves a number of imaging and observational needs including GOTO visual astronomy, 360° panoramic or still time-lapse photography, video Capture or simply a stable motorised platform for a spotting scope or binoculars.
COMPUTERISED GOTO MOUNT FOR VISUAL ASTRONOMY
Telescopes up to 4kg can be mounted to either the 45mm dovetail or the supplied L-bracket via a standard ¼-20 tripod bush. Longer telescopes can be mounted on the outside of the mounting arm allowing complete freedom of vertical movement. The supplied Synscan handset has a database of over 42,900 celestial objects, and commands the mount to locate and track those objects automatically, allowing you to explore the night sky to your heart’s content. The patented dual-encoder design means the mount can also be moved by hand without losing alignment or positional information.
PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHS WITH YOUR DSLR
The supplied multi function L-bracket will accept most cameras via a standard ¼-20 tripod bush, and can orientate the camera in both portrait and landscape mode. The camera is connected to the mount with an electronic shutter release cable for automatic camera control. Electronic shutter release cable is supplied for use with Canon EOS Digital1100D/1000D/600D/550D/500D/450D/400D/350D models, but cables for other camera makes/models are readily available. Parameters are entered into the Synscan handset and the mount can then start taking panoramic photos in three different modes; Easy Pano Mode, Preset Pano Mode and Time Lapse Mode. Even full 360° panoramas are possible incorporating everything from the Zenith to the Nadir!!
VIDEO COURSING & TIME LAPSE MODE
In Video Coursing mode, the mount allows you to capture up to 10 hours of video between two user-determined points. The slewing speed is automatically determined by the time the user decides to slew between those points.
Similarly, in Time Lapse mode the user can choose a starting and finishing point, and a slewing time up to 10 hours between those points. This feature allows the user to capture a series of still images (up to 65,535) during the slew, and using suitable image processing software, the images can be merged to create time lapse video.
MOTORISED MOUNT FOR DAYTIME OBSERVATIONS
In its simplest application, the mount can be used as a stable motorised platform to automatically pan your favourite compatible equipment to any desired position. Simply use the Synscan handset to select the speed and the directional buttons to move the mount in altitude and azimuth axes.
Mount type: Alt-Azimuth with dual-encoders
Overall weight with tripod: 9.5kg
Payload capacity: 4kg
Power requirement: 8V to 15V DC 1Amp (Tip positive). Skywatcher power tank recommended or 10 x AA alkaline batteries (not supplied)
Motor type: DC Servo Motors
Tracking Mode: Dual-Axis with quick-release clutches for manual override
Handset: Backlit LCD Screen, two-line 16 character display
Multi-Function L-type mounting bracket
Bluetooth-to-serial adaptor compatible, for wireless control via PC
Tripod supplied: stainless steel (extendable)
Allview head can be detached and fitted to most Prosumer tripods via 3/8” thread
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar & Solar
Alignment Method: Brightest Star & Two-star
Slew Speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 200x, 400x, 600x, 800x &1000x
Go-to Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc minutes, with Pointing Accuracy Enhancement function (PAE)
Handset Database: 42,900 objects including complete Solar System, M, NGC, IC & SAO catalogues
Panoramic photo modes: Easy Pano Mode, Preset Pano Mode & Time Lapse Mode
Electronic shutter release cable: Canon D compatible cable supplied (other cables readily available)
Video Coursing mode: Up to 10 hours video capture between two points
The following Shutter Release cables are available.
C1 : Replaces standard Canon cable already supplied with mount
AP-R3C (C3) : For Canon EOS Models 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 1D MkIV, 1DS MkIII & 5D MkI
AP-R1N (N1) : For Nikon D3, D3S, D3X, D200, D300, D300S & D700
AP-R2N (N2) : For Nikon D30 & D70S
AP-R3N (N3) : For NIKON D5000 & D90
AP-R3L (OPT2) : For Olympus E-P2, E520, E420, E-P1, E510 & E-410AP-R1S (S1)
: For Sony a100, a200, a300, a350, a550, a700, a900 and Minolta a7 Digital, aSweet S, a807si, a-9, a-7, Dimage-7Hi, Dimage-7i
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