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Skywatcher Star Adventurer Astro Imaging Mount Photo Bundle

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Model:  50201-50202-50203-50204
Brand:  Skywatcher

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Skywatcher Star Adventurer Astro Imaging Mount Photo Bundle
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The user-friendly Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer provides various combinations to satisfy all you needs for astrophotography and time-lapse photography. It is a high precision, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control. Moreover, it contains pre-programmed parameters assisting you to create interesting time-lapse videos with your DSLR.

Star Adventurer Astro-Photo Bundle: includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adaptor, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight. Various Sky-Watcher electronic shutter release cables can be purchased separately for many popular camera models/brands.

The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adaptors. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately with the included Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head can be fitted (not supplied) or to the supplied Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the supplied counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. By dispensing with the counterweight shaft, 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).

Product features:

• Multiple pre-programmed speeds for time lapse photography

• 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. Time-lapse photography: 12hr/4hr/2hr rev.

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Great piece of kit
Wednesday, 22 April 2015  | 

I received this a couple of days ago exactly as promised.

My first impressions were that it is a solid well constructed piece of equipment that looked a bit complicated.

A quick read of the manual and I was ready to go. The only hard part of the manual to understand was the bit about polar alignment. It didn't matter though as I downloaded a simple app to my phone which showed me exactly where Polaris should be in the Polar Scope.

Luckily it was a pretty clear night so I was up and running the same night. I tried two targets with a 250mm lens. First was m44 at 8 seconds and then M51 at 20 seconds. The shortness of the exposures were dictated by light pollution and my iwn lack of confidence in my polar aligning skills.

I needn't have worried about the alignment. There was no sign of trailing and all stars were perfectly round, except for slight coma at the edges, which is nothing to do with the mount. In M51 the spiral arms were easily discernible.

The weather at the time of the test was decidedly breezy but the combination of a sturdy ball head, this mount and a heavy duty tripod kept everything rock steady.
Next time I will be going robs darker site to give it a real test, but I am already confident I will not be disappointed.

I would thoroughly recommend this precision mount to anyone wanting a quick set to set up, portable and very precise mount for widefield astrophotography.

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