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Skywatcher Star Adventurer – Review

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I demo the Skywatcher Star Adventurer!

I contacted Skywatcher about an inexpensive, but useful, mount for tracking stars for astrophotography. I wanted a mount under $500 which could hold a star “still” for photography, at 400mm focal length, for 30-60 seconds. They sent me one for free to evaluate and here it is!

Cons:

1. Some plastic parts (not needed for operation)
2. Needs angled wedge and counter weight to be useful
3. Limited payload weight
4. Polaris finger scope light failed very quickly

Pros:
1. Light weight, easy setup
2. VERY good unguided star tracking!
3. Heavy metal construction
4. Long battery life!
5. Polaris finder scope.
6. Lots of great knobs & parts designed to simplify use

Astrophotography Photos

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The Moon

Moon, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm Arco Orion ST80, f/5, 1/320s ISO200, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm 2x Barlow Arco Orion ST80, f/10, 15s ISO6400, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com

M41 Open Cluster

M41 Open Cluster, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm Arco Orion ST80, f/5, 6s ISO1600, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com