- star tracker
Product : Star Adventurer 2i Item was delivered quickly and was as described. Ez to put together and alignment went well. Tracking was spot on. I’m struggling with the app that controls the SA2i but I’m old and not technologically savvy. I can’t get my phone to connect to the tracker. I’ll figure it out some day. It work just fine without it.
I got it for Christmas and it was easy to setup and use. There are some excellent YouTube videos on how to setup and align with the Polar Star. I plan on using it for astrophotography. I was able to use it the Full Moon in December and it worked great. My only issue is that firmware can only be installed from a Windows OS. I am MAC user and currently on Big Sur. I wrote to customer support group for Sky-Watcher and got a quick response, which is a plus. But at this time, there is no MAC support for firmware.
I doesn’t work. Possibly an issue with the motor.
The instructions to update the firmware SEEM straightforward but are not.
I have had my Star Adventurer for 2 years now. It has worked well up to and including deep sky imaging using a guide camera. I am able to get long exposures (2 min) using an effective zoom of 650mm within +/- 4 arc seconds with autoguiding. It has been reliable and trouble free piece of equipment. Under the hood its pretty heavy duty and well built for it size. For us who need to minimize the backlash for optimal performance (deep space) the adjustments are very easy to get to. The Star Adventurer weakest link is the EQ base. Long exposure times requires accurate polar alignment. I've upgraded the base and now very pleased with both the time and accuracy of polar alignment. The second item is the illumination attachment for the polar scope. It really would be awesome if it could be inside the polar scope. But the illumination attachment is usable and does do a good gob. All things considered for the price I recommend the Sky Watcher. Its an inexpensive EQ mount that can be adapted to deep space photography so it is quite versatile.