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Model: skyw_star_adv_astro_bundlePart Number: 50211
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)
Easy to use/setup, fairly portable and great value for money from FLO. Delivery was quick enough and just within the suggested time-frame, this was my first purchase from FLO. I had made contact about estimated delivery and it was shipped that day, coincidence perhaps but really great communication from FLO.I would highly recommend adding the Star Adventurer Tripod to the order or ordering one separately at a later date. I found the SA to be just too top heavy for my camera tripod (sturdy K&F Concept). Images, especially long exposures just had that little bit of star trails when zoomed in which is more noticeable when stacked.There is a few things with the SA that could do with improvements. But these things FLO has no power in resolving but just be aware of them for purchase/use. For starters the polar scope illumination light is way too awkward and can really only be used well with the dovetail bar. Your ballhead will block the hole. When it is attached the slightness touch or bit of wind will dislodge it from the dovetail bar as it is attached in 2 plastic parts, this will mean you have a high probability of it being lost. Best thing to do is take it off when polar alignment is done and reattach periodically to check polar alignment. This polar light should really be made into the SA rather than an attachment as the low battery use for the LED is not really going to impact on battery life, which is a cmos battery. The battery life is really good on the SA but the battery door will annoy you; placing a rubber band under the battery door will fix this issue! It is disappointing that this detail made it into the production of the SA as it is such an easy fix.The dial for turning the SA on and changing settings could be a little stiffer but the packaging that the Pro version comes in is really good so when transporting should be used which negotiates that issue. the packaging could easily be transferred into a handmade wooden box or box of similar size. But the cardboard box would be adequate for home use.Everything else about the SA I've had a really positive experience with, so stop thinking about getting one and just get one!
Received the item before expected date (EXCELLENT). Easy to set up and there are some good tutorials on this device. However FLO provided this product cheaper than anyone else that i could find. I saved money going through FLO again.
Firstly, service from FLO would have been great even without the pandemic, but was superb regardless. Questions answered promptly and in depth. Skywatchers packing is very good, but then it was boxed up in another DHL parcel with polystyrene foam. It could have been dropped from orbit and survived! Perfect!The mount looks good, feels substantial and easy to use. The polar finder on/off is a twist of the battery cap. I hope that spares are available as it could become lost easily. Only a small gripe though.On a basic polar alignment and levelling, tracking was good for at least 2 minutes with no evidence of training at all. It would have easily gone more but the camera lens dewed up! And oh, the joy of polar alignment whilst sat on a chair! Being 6ft plus, an EQ mount just doesn't go high enough and leads to contorting into painful positions to get an alignment. In conjunction with a polar finder app, it was achieved easily.Bad weather now prevents more use, but will enjoy this product in the future. I wish I'd bought this long ago.....
I wanted something that would take the wear and tear away from my EQ6-r when doing some of the less demanding imagining work. For instance, using a wide field lens on a ASI1600 for meteor work. This involves taking 100's of exposures of the same piece of sky. I found that once it was polar aligned it would keep stars right on the edge of the frame visible for two hours. Lightweight, easy to set up and has its own power makes this an idea tool for this kind of work. A great piece of kit
Not been able to try out properly but initial set up was easy. Polar scope can be tricky to see through and takes some practice. At first I didn’t think the unit was working / tracking but tested with a pencil attached and pointed to wall and it did move over a period of time. However pressing the left / right buttons show no discernible movement but again need to try whilst framing stars to check its slewing with these buttons. Definitely worth buying the bundle so you get the bracket and weight etc. A sturdy tripod is needed also.In terms of improvement:Build the polar scope illuminator into the polar scope.Incorporate a rechargeable battery instead of using AA’s (although connecting a phone power bank to the unit works well). First Light Optics were excellent in terms of communication, stock and dispatching. Highly recommend them
I Ordered this tracker last May 11 and recieved it today May 29. The box is nicely sealed without any deformities. Though the counterweight have rust inside the hole and i needed to put some wd 40. The rainy season in the Philippines is approaching HOPE TO HAVE A CLEAR NIGHT SKIES so I can try it. maybe I will order again next month for a scope. I dont know what scope is compatible for this tracker. I"m happy with your service. THANK YOU FLO
Excellent product quality first class very good service, easy to set up following instructions.First light optics I would use again service very good
I'm a complete novice, so did a load of research before settling on this mount, and have been really pleased so far.Polar alignment was far easier than I expected, I used the Star Adventurer mini Console Android app's Polar Clock Utility to find the correct position of Polaris. As others have mentioned the wedge is a little hit and miss as you tighten everything up, the latitude adjustment giving me the most movement, but I found that progressively tightening and slight adjusting that was easy to set in only a few minutes. The horizontal adjustment is more accurate, I tightened the two bolts to give allow on very slight movement with no slop, then used both horizontal knobs for alignment and just pinched these tight to secure everything. If / when I use a heavier load I might need to pinch the bolts as well, but for now this seems to have worked OK.The polar scope illumination works well, but it's build quality could be better. The battery compartment lid serves as on / off, and the threads aren't that well cut, so it's a bit rough action screwing the lid on and hit and miss when it's turned off, so I'm removing the battery after use.So far I've only used this once with EOS R 24-105mm lens mounted on Manfrotto XPRO ball head, and the Star Adventure mounted on Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 tripod. This setup appears very stable, I've been able to get plenty of good (I'm my novice eyes!) pictures with 30 second exposures right up to 105mm with no star trails visible. The biggest challenge I found was to get accurate focus...Once I've had a little more experience I'm planning to try longer lenses, and have done a practice set up with 150-600mm Sigma lens mounted on the L bracket / fine tuning assembly. With the supplied counterweight this balanced out with no problems at all, and appeared to be stable, but I've yet to take any photo's so can't yet comment just how good this will be with longer, heavier lensesDuring my research I've read a load of Web articles and watched loads of YouTube videos, the ones I've found particularly helpful are those by Peter Zelinka. I've also found First Light Optics have an Android weather app "Clear Outside" to help forecast when the sky's will be clear, and the few nights I've tried this it seems pretty accurate And finally, Sky-Watcher say that the Star Adventurer has lifetime firmware updates and also advanced firmware available. The latest firmware I found on their website is dated 25 March 2015 version 3.06. When I try to install this, it's not recognised in Windows 10, 7 or even XP (all 64bit versions) and there is no sign of the advanced firmware. That said, the version supplied by First Light Optics appears to be the latest, so no worries about upgrading anyway.Overall, while there are are a few minor niggles, for the price this is an outstanding buy and I'm sure is far more capable than I'm ever likely to need and I can most definitely recommend it even for novices like me
Bought this for astro photography, polar alignmennt a nightmare even with the polar Iluminater..the wedge which you slide the main unit on his not sturdy enough..by the time dslr 500mm lens and cameras on it and a star finder there's a bit Of sag on it..which knocks polar alignment out. So a faff to get on it again, unit track ok but.I noticed when you get near the pole on the celestial sphear the tracking was out! (Polar alignment?) Batteries don't last don't use cheapo ones! its compact but there's weight limit on it. I have it on a peer I made. Gona have to get a eq5 pro? To be fair I did get a good Orion nebulae picture first time out..so must done sumet right! Flo delvery fast has always good service used them many times.
Excellent product, sturdy so no worries with my DSLR fitted.
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