About this product
Part Number: 50211
Now features WiFi
The Skywatcher Star Adventurer provides an excellent route into astrophotography for those using DSLR cameras with wide-field and medium focal length DSLR lenses. Its ease of use and aircraft-friendly size will also appeal to those wanting to travel to dark-sky locations.
It provides various combinations to satisfy your grab-and-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 with 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 included Equatorial Wedge. Use the included Dovetail L-Bracket or tripod Ball Head (not supplied) to fit a camera to the Star Adv.
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 the dovetail bar from the Dovetail L-Bracket, two cameras can be mounted simultaneously using two tripod ball heads (not supplied).
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Please Note: Our Star Adventurers have a new green/white livery, as shown above, not the older red colour shown below in our 360-degree image.
- 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.
Quick Setup Guide
What's in the box
- Star Adventurer Mount
- Ball Head Adapter
- Illuminated Polar Scope
- Dovetail L-Bracket
- Equatorial Wedge
- Counterweight Shaft
- 1kg Counterweight
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer (PDF)
|Average Rating (44 Reviews): |
19 April 2023 | Nicky
I bought this as part of my first steps into long exposure astrophotography. Although I haven't had chance to use it as much as I would have liked, the odd chances I have had I found that it is easy to setup as use. Polar alignment can be a little tricky at first but after a few minutes of trial and error I soon got the hang of it. The first night I used it I was able to easily achieve 2 minute exposures without no star trail. Highly recommended
10 October 2022 | Kevin
Usual very quick service from FLO,
06 October 2022 | Thomas
Awesome star tracker for any beginners, easy to get set up and running. Only problem I got is that I live in wales and itís either raining or cloudy all the time
09 September 2022 | Paul
Ordered this for light weight on the go astro observing and imaging.
FLO as always were excellent with delivery.
The quality of this mount is impressive, it simply oozes quality at every turn. Even the packaging is good enough to warrant buying a flight case or back pack for to keep everything together when not being used.
The APP was easily downloaded from Apple Store and seems quite stable thus far, even that has some nice touches like the polar scope alignment utility tool.
The only niggle that I have is that it would have been nice to have a red LED built in for the polar scope rather than rely on the external illuminator ... but its good to see that was included in the package and not something you would have to buy separately.
Though I fully appreciate that this mount system is designed for use on a quality after market tripod, it would have been nice to have it compatible with the more robust tripod telescope mounts in the skywatcher range. Initially I thought that it might adapt for use on my sturdy EQ5 tripod but no such luck! I purchased the far superior Sky-Watcher 3/8" Stainless Steel Tripod (1.75" Diameter Legs) with the Sky-Watcher AZ5 Deluxe Extension Tube from a separate supplier and these are proving to be an excellent addition for use here at home, saving the photographic tripod for light weight field trips.
I also purchased the Shutter realise cable for the mount SNAP function from FLO. After doing some research on line the C1 cable (FLO advertise this for Canon) was found to be compatible with my Pentax DSLR.
So overall very pleased thus far. If you are looking for a light weight , and importantly portable, mount for simple visual imaging and some basic astro photography then I would recommend this system.
Very happy with this star tracker.
23 February 2022 | Jonathan
Okay there are a few things not right and that well documented (for example that battery cover that just doesn't stay on, or the polar scope illuminator that was must have been a late Friday afternoon bit of design), but otherwise what can I say - a really well made piece of kit.
Really easy to set up - watch loads of YouTube videos to see how easy it is. Attach your camera and get snapping away! My first image was of the Orion Nebula (as all newbies do) and I was really happy with the result for a first attempt. Any issues with the image are not down to the SWSA but to the user! With practice I can only hope to get better.
There is nothing I can really say about the SWSA that other reviewers of YouTubers have said. I am just really happy.
And great service from FLO. I have used them a few times now and have always found that email enquires are answered really quickly, and I am kept informed about delivery etc. Can't fault them on service.
30 January 2022 | John
I am using it with my Sony A7iii, SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary (& Sigma 1.4 converter) connected up with a Pluto S2 cable (see below) to enable control via my Android phone and the SAM app.
Initially a few problems setting up and correctly aligning with Polaris, but some good Youtube videos have put me straight (see below)
My only (So far anyway) problems are those of manually focusing the lens to infinity - suffering the common issue of "infinity and beyond" with autofocus lenses - but patience will get me through that hurdle.
The Pluto S2 cable was difficult to locate (Sky-Walker don't list a cable suitable for Sony "E" mounts) - so you might find this link of use:
A Youtube for starting with:
Great tracker but poor app
20 January 2022 | Steve
Fantastic service from FLO who delivered star tracker within two days of ordering. Build quality is excellent and the clutch was fine. The polarscope reticle was spot on as well.
I found the issue was the SA Console app downloaded from Google play store. It just would not work. WiFi was fine but the moment you entered the astrophotography panel and tried to run the shooting program, it refused to start. This may be an android issue and certainly reviews on the app weren't good.
In the end I downloaded the app again but this time from the skywatcher home pages ..see support menu ..... It then worked brilliantly. It was a frustrating couple of hours trying to get the Google play store version to work though.
Other than that full marks as always to FLO ... Their ordering dispatch and customer service is first rate. Thank you to the team
Astonishing build quality
14 December 2021 | Jona
I have never used any product, that has such a good build quality. It's extremely durable, quiet, has a beautiful design and is easy to use. An absolute must for beginners that want to go deeper in astrophotography!
Excellent service and a great star tracker
30 November 2021 | Paul
Great little star tracker, I reviewed the first Star Adventurer and still have it but decided I needed another so why not upgrade to the latest version!
18 November 2021 | Lynn
Been wanting one of these for a while, so tool the plunge. I haven't been disappointed yet. But here in Scotland we seem to have lots of clouds after I bought this hmm. It easy to set up and use. Use good quality batteries in it so you get most time out of your tracking. Only used a small camera lens so for once I've used it more and failed the polar alignment then I'll get the big lens out. Very fast delivery and was notified at every stage. You cant ask for better service than that
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