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Whether you’re looking for a tracking platform to capture widefield images of the Milky Way, or seeking a compact travel mount, the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is a necessity for astrophotographers of every skill level. This high precision, portable celestial tracking platform can transform almost any tripod into an equatorial mount, assisting photographers with long exposures of the night sky. The Star Adventurer breaks from the mold of traditional equatorial mounts with an abundance of add on accessories to complement wide-field astrophotography, nightscape images, telescope slewing or time-lapse photography.
Using seven preprogramed tracking speeds, photographers can choose between sidereal, solar and lunar, or four additional tracking speeds from 0.5x to 12x, useful for time-lapse videos. Even for users with no polar alignment experience, the Star Adventurer is easy to setup using the included illuminated polar finderscope. Once aligned, users can attach their camera and activate sidereal tracking to start photographing the Milky way.
The declination assembly uses a specialized Vixen-style saddle plate for attaching cameras, tripod heads, or optical tubes. Attaching a ball head to this Vixen style plate provides most users with enough flexibility to slew around the sky freely while maintaining tracking. The Star Adventurer tracking platform can attach to a tripod using a 3.8”-16 thread and includes an adapter for ¼”-20 thread sizes.
No need for an intervelometer timer with the Star Adventurer! With a 60-second preset exposure setting, the Star Adventurer can trigger a DSLR using the auxiliary shutter release cable. Once the camera is plugged into the mount and a shot is fired, it will continually shoot 60 second exposures until the cable is removed.
For astrophotographers seeking perfectly round stars, the Star Adventurer also comes equipped with a standard ST-4 port, allowing users to connect an autoguider with a lightweight guidescope to the mounting assembly bar. With a payload capacity of 5 kg (11 lbs), the Star Adventurer can mount a small guide scope and camera for tack sharp wide-field photos, or a refractor for visual observing.
In addition to the Star Adventurer mount, several add-on accessories are available. The Equatorial base allows this platform to polar align and track in the RA axis, turning a conventional photo tripod into an important astrophotography tool. Both axis also feature clutches, allowing users to aim the Star Adventurer without losing polar alignment. For users photographing nightscapes, the optional ball-head adapter provides more freedom to frame image, while delivering consistent tracking.
The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is a user-friendly and multi-function mount to satisfy all your needs for astronomy, 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. Also, it contains preprogrammed parameters assisting you to create interesting time-lapse videos with your DSLR.
The Photo Package includes the Star Adventurer mount, polar scope illuminator, and ball head adapter. Optional EQ base is available.
Telescope, tripod, counterweight kit and equatorial base are not included.
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