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.
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).
|Average Rating (32 Reviews): |
Saturday, 9 January 2021 | Sean
Absolutely stellar (badum tsh) piece of equipment.
A few little gripes - the polar illuminator (really, they couldn't have just built an led in?) and the DEC clutch was locked tight and needed some "minor" disassembly to work as a friction clutch should (joking aside I think it took about ten minutes, some assembler had overtightended a lock ring, VERY easy to rectify) . But for the price and once running it's a cracking piece of equipment. I've had four good nights out so far and happily getting pin sharp 60s subs unguided at a focal length of 200mm. The worst I've got to say about it is the wedge clutch could do with another shim, it shifts sideways a bit on latitude adjustment, but if you do LAT then sideways it's easily solveable. The main and big deal is the clock drive and that is pin sharp and pleasantly sips rather than guzzles battery. Add to that the fantastic service from FLO and speed of delivery considering the worlds ongoing madness and it's hard to think there's a better option in this price bracket.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer pro
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 | Jacqueline
Really surprised, but extremely happy to get this just before Christmas because of the covid restrictions and Christmas delivery schedules in general. The adventurer is well made apart from the polar scope illuminator which is cheap and flimsy which is a shame as everything else is such good quality. I found polar alignment easy after watching demos on you tube. Unfortunately just before my target was high enough in the sky to begin putting the adventurer to work thick clouds rolled in and so I had to pack up for the night. How wonderful to have a tracking unit that is so portable and easy to pick up in one go rather than the bigger Goto mount I have. Excellent service from FLO as always, no need to go anywhere else for astronomy gear.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 | Thanos
After much research I decided to go with the Star Adventurer instead of the ioptron sky guider and I love it! I have been using it since late September and only had to change batteries after no less than 10 nights (3-4hr sessions each).
It comes at a great package (it would be awesome if it included a soft carry case but at this price you can't have it all) and I still use it to carry it around.
You should carefully read the manual about how you can align the polar scope because if you decide to go and start playing around with the allen key like I did, you are going to mess it up and will have to unscrew the polar scope and set it up back together which is not a fun procedure.
To sum things up, this is a great product and if you are looking for a reliable star tracker the Star Adventurer is the best value for money option you can get.
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | Gert
Due to high demand I had to wait a few weeks, but it was more than worth it! Nice product, easy to assemble and up and running in few minutes. The FLO service was also very good, quick response to my question. I would definitely recommend both!
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | Dragos
Finally after 2 1/2 months I have received my SA Pro package - thank you FLO for sending the new 2i WIFI verison
Fast delivery - from FLO deposits - one week - cannto balme FLO for the other delays as the product was backordered all over the world
Thank you !
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 | Phil
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!
Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack
Wednesday, 2 September 2020 | Dennis
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.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 | Kevin
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.....
Tuesday, 2 June 2020 | Trevor
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
Seems sturdy but always room for improvement
Friday, 29 May 2020 | Graham
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
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