Firstly what does a star tracker or equatorial mount do? Maksutov 90mm), with a 1/4″-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. Skywatcher sells cables to allow the Star Adventurer to take control of your camera. The mount can be supplied with 4 AA batteries or via mini USB port. Unlock the clutch and place the counterweight shaft parallel to the ground. It works as a tripod head on which the Star Adventurer is mounted. Above you can see the mode dial, rotating it allows you to choose the mode you wish to use. Here what 3 of the 7 apps will help you achieve in this 14 minute video: ['rmockx.RealPlayer G2 Control', You need a compass to help you point the Star Adventurer towards North or South. A night sky time-lapse shows the…, Night photography is always fun and exciting. If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print a Glow in the Dark polar illuminator. If you use one of these and buy something we make a little bit of money. The image was shot at the following settings, 160mm, f2.8, 120seconds, iso1600 x 12 images, I then stacked these 12images in photoshop but did the majority of my post processing in Pixinsight. You might have many accessories and equipment that you need to keep near the mount. It’s a bit of a pain to use. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. But there are a few extra accessories you could use. $85.00. You can also use a smartphone app such as Sky Guide to locate it. They allow for the fast and precise alignment of the mount. Usually, in a good session, only 70/80% of your images will be usable. 'RealPlayer.RealPlayer(tm) ActiveX Control (32-bit)', So let’s see how to properly set up the Star Adventurer. This is the piece of gear that, once aligned to the celestial pole, will rotate your photographic equipment in sync with the stars. The motor is quiet, it runs smoothly and, with 4 good quality AA batteries, you can image for more than one night. I carry the whole Star Adventurer kit minus the tripod in a Lowepro event messenger 250 camera bag, this ensures I have everything ready to go when I need it, including batteries, I just need to pack the bag in the car. The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is available in a couple of different configurations. I mounted the Star Adventurer on my trusty Manfrotto 055PROB mount, which is a pretty solid tripod. The above images are of some of the items that come in with the Star Adventurer kit although not shown is the 3/8 ball head adapter that allows a ball head to be attached directly to the Star Adventurer if desired and the 1/4 to 3/8 convert screw adapter which is included to allow the Star adventurer to mount to various tripods. The equatorial wedge and fine tune mounting bracket are similar, the main parts are made of metal with knobs, adjusters, made of solid plastic. A relatively cheap and valid alternative is a surveyor’s tripod. Fine alignment means placing Polaris in the right position on the clock of the polar scope reticle. Aurora Australis as seen by naked eye in... LAOWA 15mm F2 ZERO-D (Canon RF mount) –... Stacking Nightscapes with Starry Landscape Stacker, Benjamin B. Alldridge – Tasmanian Nightscapes, Frank Fidler starlight express – Erik Van Oost, Hello Nightscapers, welcome and thank you, Benro travel Angel FTA28AB1 kit – Tripod Review, Adjustable Dovetail L-Bracket with Declination Fine Adjustment. If it can dump vibration fast, even better. The project to print it is free on After that, lock all the screws gently but not too tightly. This is your rough alignment done, note I say rough. This is just a couple of ways you can use a tracking mount to create your images. See how it all works here.] With this product, you earn 85 loyalty point(s). You can check and correct the polar alignment without removing your gear from the mount. It shows the time of day and cover from 5 pm to 7 am. The wedge is a crucial element of the setup. This mount has very small periodic error for its category and it is quite capable. Be the first to review this product. I am not a highly experienced astrophotographer and am very much at the beginning of my journey when it comes to using star tracking mounts , but I think this is what will make this review a little unique and useful to those looking to add a star tracking mount to their kits to expand their capabilities. Although I have not used all the functions and abilities available on this mount, I have only used it to track stars with one camera attached via the fine tune mounting assembly, I thought it was well worth mentioning a few. Above the Lagoon and Trifid Nebula, again a rough polar alignment. Availability: More on the way. It must be a good one: sturdy, preferably with two section legs, stable and with high load capacity. It is compact and you can transport in a small camera bag or backpack. The fitting could be better. Sky-Watcher - Star Adventurer Tripod. I can comfortably track stars for 60 seconds with a 600mm focal length (full frame). Additionally, the autoguide system enhances the tracking in right ascension allowing longer exposures with telephoto lenses. This is a bit more complicated and time consuming, but a quick internet search will show you how to do it properly. I used the following equipment, Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer, Canon EOS R, Canon 70-200 f2.8, Benro Mach 3 tripod and Hahnel Captur remote shutter release. But it can also be quite challenging, especially since different situations require techniques and settings. Again it’s more art than real but It did help me win the best themed series photography award. It is also battery powered. That is the Star Adventurer on the left mounted to my tripod with Sony a6500 and Samyang 85mm f1.8 lens attached, on the right is the Skywatcher HEQ5. Level it with the aid of the level spirit on the wedge’s base. The + timezones are towards E and – timezones are towards W. 'RealPlayer.RealPlayer(tm) ActiveX Control (32-bit)', It is not for everyone but is another example of how I have used images shot with the Star Adventurer. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head is required (not supplied) or the Dovetail L-Bracket. When it comes to post-processing Milky Way photography, nothing is the same. And it does not require power – it’s fluorescent. The main body of the Star Adventurer is metal, it is solid and great quality, parts like the mode dial, clutch, battery cover and polar scope cover are plastic but feel solid enough, the polar scope is also metal (and glass). It should be noted that if you have a lightweight, wobbly tripod, you likely won’t get good results. The zero should be aligned to the mark on the ocular. It also has a mark for every 10 minutes. It can easily get lost in the field. Keep in mind we have a basic astrophotography glossary to help you understand the more technical terms.