Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack
The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack is built around the Star Adventurer mount. The Star Adventurer mount is a high precision, portable, and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar, and lunar tracking. It is designed to work with your DSLR camera and includes preprogrammed parameters that will help you create beautiful images and videos. The Star Adventurer Multi-Function Mount also has an automatic DSLR shutter release control built-in.
Sky-Watcher simplifies the astrophotography process by making the Star Adventurer a complete equatorial mount package that tracks the night sky smoothly. Just align your system and activate the tracking, then you're good to go!
THE SKY-WATCHER STAR ADVENTURER PRO PACK FEATURES
The included Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Dec Bracket lets you attach a camera or small telescope, which can then be pointed to different Declination angles as you wish. The Dec bracket includes a motion control knob and a Dec axis locking knob. With the Dec Bracket installed, the Star Adventurer becomes a functional equatorial mount, including Dec angle adjustments operating with manual control.
The Counterweight Kit is an accessory for the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mount. The stainless steel counterweight shaft attaches to the Star Adventurer Dec Bracket very easily, and it is used to counter-balance a heavy payload.
The Latitude Equatorial Base provides the ability to adjust the latitude and azimuth of the system for correct polar alignment. This Latitude Equatorial Base by Sky-Watcher adjusts from 0-degree latitude to 70-degree latitude. By turning the Horizontal Adjustment knob, you can make adjustments to the azimuth position. There is an included bubble level to assist in leveling the base.
This Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Astro Package can be installed on a photo tripod or other mount which has an adjustable head. If you are going to align the Star Adventurer Astro Package to the celestial pole, be sure that your photo head can tilt back far enough so that you can see the celestial pole with the included Polar Scope at your particular latitude.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack Specifications
- Tracking Rates: Sidereal, 1/2 Sidereal, Solar, Lunar; Time-lapse Astrography: 12 hr, 4 hr, 2 hr rev.
- It includes a built-in polar scope with illuminator.
- Power Required: External mini USB power connection or 4 AA batteries.
- Payload: 11 lb.
- Built-in auto-guiding interface.
- External Mini USB power support.
- Low power consumption for convenient operation.
- Compatible with 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch camera tripod threads.
- Lifetime free firmware upgrade.
|Head Design||German Equatorial|
|Instrument Capacity||11 lbs|
|Mount Head Weight||3.6lbs|
|Telescope Connection||1/4 20|
- Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Multi-Function Mount.
- Polar Scope With Illuminator.
- Latitude (EQ) Base.
- Counterweight Kit.
- Ball Head Adapter.
- Declination Bracket.
Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Pro
The tracker is well made and functions as advertised. Having down-sized from a heavy duty GEM and C8 I find the tracker to be very portable and capable of capturing subs between 60 to 90 seconds. I would not hesitate to recommend the tracker. However, the instruction sheett/manual could contain more detail information on some of the features. The packeage arrive promptly from OPT, as usual.
This little rig is quite something. For being so small, at an 11 pound capacity it is worth getting this one over the smaller version. So far I have only done a few test runs to see what this thing is was capable of, and I have to say that it was stellar! (Pun intended.) I know don’t quite my day job. Anyway, over all so far I am very satisfied with how it did. My first run I did as tight of a polar alignment as possible. I setup my DSLR with a 14mm Rokinon wide angle lens. First exposure was the 30 seconds. Not even a hint of star-trails. Bumped it up to 60 seconds with the same results. Third time I jumped to 120 seconds and the stars were as round as they should be. My next trial will certainly tell the tale on how well it can truly perform. That will be with my 70-300 mm Sigma and maximum. I just haven’t had the time to try it out yet, but reviews on YouTube have been very positive about long focal length exposures, but I do expect them to be much less exposure times unless it is a very fast lens. The one thing I really love about this setup is that I can shoot a single exposure and get very good results. I will be trying a some multiple shot image stacking, as well as trying a guided setup using PHD and implementing dithering. If that is possible I can expect some spectacular stacked images.