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Model: skyw_star_adv_astro_bundlePart Number: 50200
The Skywatcher Star Adventurer provides an excellent route into astrophotography for those using DSLR cameras with wide-field and medium focal length DSLR lenses. It's ease of use and aircraft-friendly size will also appeal to those wanting to travel to dark-sky locations.
Provides various combinations to satisfy your grab-&-go portable astrophotography needs. It is a precise, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control.
The Star Adventurer Pro Pack (formerly known as 'Astro-Photo Bundle') includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adapter, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight.
An optional camera shutter release cable is available separately for many popular camera models/brands.
The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adapters. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately by using the includd Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head is required (not supplied) or the included Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. 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).
Please Note: Our Star Adventurers have new green/white livery as shown above, not the older red colour shown below in our 360-degree image.
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer (PDF)
Came well boxed, but the Operating manual is pretty well useless as I cannot understand the method of doing a polar alignment and the drawings of the items are not at all clear. I have however managed to get it working ( but not Polar Aligned) on the table. I have also purchased a 'Ball Joint' to hold the Cannon DLSR camera at any angle. Now waiting for some assistance with the alignment difficulty and of course a starry night sky!Regards from ''Old Codger''
I got this as I wanted a battery operated tracking mount I could travel with. Accuracy wise, it tracked fine for 4 minutes (maximum I tried, so could possibly have gone longer) using 50mm prime on my DSLR (without tracking I'd only go for 10-12 seconds using same setup). The wedge worked fine. The polar scope was pretty much aligned out of the box (so didn't need aligning), I did do a realignment which can be a little fiddly. Only slight niggle I have is the on/off for the attachable polar scope illuminator is vary basic (disconnect the battery), but that is minor. My portable tripod has a maximum load of 8Kg, and had no problems with stability with this and the DSLR on it. Overall really happy with this product.
Excellent shipping, packaging and delivery time. I didn't used the item yet but this review is for fisrt light optics service and matter handling which deserved 5 stars and surely in future they will be my first choice for any astronomical purchase
I have had this mount for a year now but because of the weather I have not used it a lot. The times I have used it, it has been a pleasure to use.In the beginning I mounted it on a Velbon videomate 638, which wasn't really doing the job. It still worked but when I got a manfrotto 055xprob tripod I knew I had been missing out. If you know how to polar align, the this will be easy. One advice is to align it at dawn. This way you can still se the crosshairs while having you camera mounted. This way you don't have to worry about messing up the polar alignment when you put the wedge back on the mount.Lets get to the interesting stuff!!I normally use my crop sensor dslr with a 50mm lens, and this works very well with this mount. I also use an intervalometer so I don't have to push the shutter all the time. I can easily do 2 minute exposures, and I can very easily get to 3 minutes as well. I haven't tried with any longer focal-length lenses since I don't have any, but I have heard many people who are also using this mount to support small refractors such as the WO Zenithstar 61 and even some bigger scopes.I would give this mount six stars out of five because I think it is a very high quality piece of equipment for the money. I have bought a cheap flightcase which I furnished so it could fit the pieces of the star adventure and I will never regret getting neither the star adventure or the flightcase!
It's very easy to set up, just works when you turn it on. Even though my polar alignment isn't perfect I managed 3 minute exposures with a 105mm lens with no noticeable star trailing.Only downside is many tripods could not hold the weight of the SA, my velbon DF-40 wobbles and bends and my dad's more expensive manfrotto befree tripod cannot hold it steady (possibly the unlocked legs).
I am really surprised. Mostly, the price don't come with quality and precission, but not in this case. I have had chance to test the setup today and with pretty rough alignment, I managed to get 200sec exposure with pinpoint stars in result. The only bad point is, Polar scope illuminator has no swith to turn it off.
I bought this so I could do long exposure wide field pictures of the Milky Way and meteor showers with a Nikon D810. First impressions are not disappointing.I was concerned about carrying out the polar alignment but this was carried out easily using the Kochab method. Having attached my camera I was then concerned that the clutch wheel seemed to spin freely despite it being switched on. Regardless, I pointed the camera skywards and set it to a 20min exposure.I should explain that the weather was less than ideal as it was blowing a force 6 so I wasn't expecting miracles but the truck was an adequate windbreak. After 20mins, I closed the shutter and checks the picture. Sure enough, there were pinpoints, not trails - awesome.Downloading the picture and tweeking some contrast, clarity and luminance noise revealed a picture so packed with detail, even with a 20mm lens, I could see a spiral arm emanating from Andromeda.So glad I came across this bit of kit, very excited for the coming year. Here's hoping for some clear skies!
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