About this product
Part Number: 50212
Now features WiFi
The new 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.
The user-friendly Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 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.
Star Adventurer Photo Set: includes the Star Adventurer mount, ball head adapter & illuminated polar scope.
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 purchasing the optional Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head is required (not supplied) or the optional Dovetail L-Bracket. The optional Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the optional 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 optional 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 the latest green/white livery as shown above, not the older red colour shown below in our 360-degree image.
360° Product Tour
- 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
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer (PDF)
|Average Rating (2 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | Ian
This is a sturdy unit, which has so far been operated once over a 2 hour period. The accuracy of tracking was found to be fine. Two slightly negative points: (a) In addition to the single threaded hole, the indentation on the base for a stabilising pin is not deep enough - I found it necessary to implement additional steadies on either side of the unit to ensure no swivel took place, and (b) the positioning of the eye when using the polar scope seems to be very critical - certainly much more so than the polar scope on my iOptron IWQ45 Pro. I found it difficult to view the graduated circle and the star field at the same time! I found it convenient to use thePolarFinder app on my Android phone to indicate the position of Polaris for the alignment process. Overall though I am well pleased with my new unit.
Great piece of kit for G&G and travel
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 | Lee
Bought the bundle option and I am so impressed with the perfomance.
I originally bought it for a trip to New Zealand and in order to learn its capabilities I have been using it for white light and Ha solar.
Mounted it on a low cost Manfrotto tripod and onto it I also put a Lunt Herschek wedge with an 8-24 mm Baader zoon and onto that a Canon 650D.
It supported the lot. I made a rough alignement using a compass and inclinometer and then set it to track the Sun.
I was amazed that it kept the Sun in view at 16mm for 3 hours! I was not expectng that kind of performance.
The build quality is above board and the weight is fine for hand luggage.
This wee beasty is going to get a lot of use.
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