- latitude eq base
- SW base
- Evostar 72
- tracking device
- William Optics Z61
Nice light weight tracker
I really like this product! It's very light weight and can easily be taken anywhere in a backpack or luggage. I have found the tracking to be exceptional for the small light weight scopes. I was able to track for over 2 hours, with NO loss of polar alignment. Of course, this is because I was careful with my initial alignment. I used the Evostar 72 and William Optics z61 on this tracker and found they both are of acceptable weight, so long as you balance correctly. I'm attaching stacked and processed images taken with the z61 using this tracker. I did upgrade to the William Optics latitude eq base (because the SW base is not so good in my experience). Anyway, I recommend this tracker if you're looking for a light weight portable tracking device that will fit in a back back or just want something light and easy to use.
It's a very good Product
I like it very much. t think we'll use it a lot in the future Fast and accurate delivery is also good.....^^
Color you get is random
I like this unit. Lightweight, but I haven’t tried imaging with it. You roll the dice on the color you get. I wanted the black but received the Blackened white unit. Another accessory for attaching the counter weight is green. Now the equatorial base is white after being told specifically by OPT it was black. If the dealers have no control over the inventory they receive from Sky Watcher then that’s fine. But the order form should disclose that specific color requests cannot be honored.
Finally a gem I can travel with for wide field shot in super dark skies.
I bought his mount to do wide field astro imaging in the field with a DSLR. It's ultra portable and runs off common aa batteries. With the 11 pound payload it provides the most bang for the buck of anything I have seen out there. I've tested it with quick polar alignment on a light weight travel tripod with a 70-200 2.8G nikon lens with a 1.7 telecovertor on it, I was able to get up to almost a 5 min sub before I saw star trailing. 6 min subs with a 20mm 1.8 were no problem at all, I'm sure I could push ever further unguided at that focal length. 50mm and below this mount is fantastic Easy to carry, easy to set up. Only thing I not wild about is the polar alignment scopes illumination. A build in system would be fantastic vs a small inseparable device.
Clutch is awful
Skywatcher star adventurer or as I like to call it......cab hardly use this product because the clutch keeps locking in place. Skywatcher seems like the company that pays little attention to details. This problem has happened ever since I received this product making it unusable. OPT shipping was excellent, just be hesitant in buying this product and the constant problems that come with it