It showed that the Star Adventurer is able to handle good weight loads while tracking very accurately. In my opinion, it wouldn’t have been hard to illuminate the mount internally, which would have done away with this nuisance of a part and been far useful. On the outside is the mode control knob, a direction switch, 2 multi-function buttons, a USB port (for firmware updates and power in the field), an ST4 guide port, and a DSLR shutter control port. Properly balancing loads on the Star Adventurer - posted in DSLR, Mirrorless & General-Purpose Digital Camera DSO Imaging: Hi folks, I have spent a fair bit of time searching this forum for info on properly balancing loads on the Star Adventurer to extend tracking times. Also, since the scope is attached using the 1/4 bolt form the fine-tuning head, there’s no way to balance the scope on the declination axis. It’s not a show stopper, and once locked into place, it’s solid. These different rates and panning patterns are fully explained in the manual if you need more information on the subject. I was hoping that a mount that was way more solid wouldn’t have this type of loose tolerance in the wedge. The first is a small ball head adapter used for tracking with just a camera. Share this: Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin on Pinterest. My scope attached easily. While everything looked incredible and solid, 2 things stood out to me as being a little flimsy. Built into the body is a polar scope covered by a plastic end cap. Nikon D750, Nikon 55-300 DX, f/5.6 21 x 2 min exposures @ ISO 1600. It would take a much heavier counterweight to balance out my ED80 and a camera. Buy the selected items together. It was my primary photography tool through the winters when hauling my scope outside wasn’t always feasible, and through the summer served me well for long exposure Milky Way photography and time lapse sequences. Originally, I planned to add the second weight to the rod, but upon further consideration, ended up using the rod from this instead - extended the length of the rod, and using just one counterweight. With the counter weight kit you can take the Star Adventurer to its maximum payload of 11lbs. I’ve been getting more into time lapse photography since last summer so I figured this could be a useful tool for this purpose. Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is user-friendly and provides various combinations to satisfy all you needs for astrophotography and time-lapse photography. The package also includes a DSLR shutter control cable to allow the Star Adventurer to control your camera’s shutter. This can be quite useful for some really creative motion time lapse. A softer plastic cap or an aluminium cap that screws on would in my opinion be a better choice. Cables are available to cover most of the popular camera models from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus and so on. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Yes, it works, but it’s an inconvenience in so many ways I would rather not use it. The thumb screw was also rusty. Happily, I had no trailing in any of my images, so all 24 cloudless frames were useable for my final image. However, right away I could see problems. In all others, the stars were nice and round. The major advantage is that it procures a much more balanced setting, shifting the 450g of the camera to the counterweight … On one end of the plate is the fine tuning mount. Out of that, only 4 showed any signs of trailing and had to be rejected. Winter is rapidly approaching and I needed to get a replacement stat! It’s an easy to use system that will have you up and running in minutes. I managed to find a few scattered snippets of info here and there. 25 pound counterweight with threaded counterweight shaft, Counterweight kit for Star Adventurer mount. Buy something else. When using the fine-tuning mount and counterweight, you can still look through the polar scope to check for alignment, albeit without the illuminator (I used a red flashlight for the job). Included are: The mount body itself is a solid metal unit that feels hefty and looks to be very well built. For those using heavy full frame camera with popular 200, 300 or 400mm lenses the counter weight kit is a must. - It’s a true German equatorial mount vs a tracking platform whereas the SkyTracker series and Vixen Polarie. Switching it off requires unscrewing the battery cover. I use the DWO but any with a vixen/Sky Watcher socket will do. Its clutch system is similar to the main RA clutch on the Star Adventurer and very solid. But it is an annoyance when aligning. For deep sky tracking, it can be set for 50 or 100 second exposures in the northern hemisphere, but only 100 second in the south. The counterweight arrived with patches of chipped off paint with rust underneath. Perhaps it’ll work, but that still needs to be field tested. That’s even truer if you install the advanced firmware. And that’s where the true test is. Not feeling like driving out too far due to questionable skies and breezy conditions, I drop just north of the city out of the bar light pollution and set up with the intent on shooting the Pleiades Cluster and the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae.