Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Astro Package

BH #SKS20510 • MFR #S20510
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Astro Package
Key Features
  • EQ Mount Only
  • 11 lb Payload Capacity
  • Selectable Tracking Speeds
  • Multiple Preprogrammed Speeds
Sky-Watcher's Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Astro Package is an easy-to-use equatorial mount that offers accurate tracking capabilities for astronomy and astrophotography. With a simple turn of a dial, select from Lunar, Solar, or Star tracking modes, or four speeds from 0.5x to 12x if the modes are not exactly right. An integrated polar alignment scope with an included illuminator help the alignment process in either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres, and a date dial compensates for star drift over time to extend the usability of the scope.
In Stock
$410.00
Protect your Gear
Add a protection plan from $53.99

True Know-How

Ask Our Experts

800.606.6969

Sky-Watcher S20510 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Motor and Gears
  • 3Tracking
  • 4Alignment
  • 5Power
  • 6Mount

Sky-Watcher's Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Astro Package is an easy-to-use equatorial mount that offers accurate tracking capabilities for astronomy and astrophotography. With a simple turn of a dial, select from Lunar, Solar, or Star tracking modes, or four speeds from 0.5x to 12x if the modes are not exactly right. An integrated polar alignment scope with an included illuminator help the alignment process in either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres, and a date dial compensates for star drift over time to extend the usability of the scope.

In addition to standard stargazing or astrophotography, the mount is also ideally suited for star-scape photos and has a time-lapse mode. A 2.5mm three-segment stereo jack is integrated into the mount and gives the mount the ability to control a compatible DSLR's shutter release for long-exposure or time-lapse photography. Pre-programmed intervals, based on the tracking mode selected, optimize the exposure times for the subjects selected.

The Star Adventurer mount features a Vixen-style dovetail saddle for compatible accessories and optical tube assemblies (OTAs). It has both 3.8"-16 and 1/4"-20 tripod mounts to fit on most astronomical, photo, or video tripods and is offered here without a tripod, OTA, or counterweights.

Motor and Gears

  • DC servomotor
  • 86mm diameter, 144-tooth aluminum-alloy wheel gear
  • 13mm diameter brass worm gear

Tracking

  • Supports star-scape and time-lapse photography
  • Selectable Solar, Lunar, Star tracking speeds
  • 0.5, 2x, 6x, and 12x tracking speed options
  • Manual clutch release facilitates faster alignment and adjustment
  • Northern and Southern Hemisphere compatible
  • Left/Right control buttons enable manual control of tracking up to 12x
  • Free lifetime firmware updates

Alignment

  • Built-in polar alignment scope
  • Includes polar scope illuminator
  • Integrated RJ-12 single-axis right ascension auto-guider port supports ST-4-type guiders

Power

  • Runs on four AA batteries
  • Mini USB port for external power or for updating the firmware
  • Low energy consumption allows for up to 72 hours of continuous tracking on battery power

Mount

  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 tripod mounts
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • 11 lb payload capacity
UPC: 050234205108

Sky-Watcher S20510 Specs

Mount
Mount TypeGerman Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityNo
Payload Capacity11 lb / 5 kg
MotorSingle Axis
Polar Axis ScopeYes (Built In)
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Power SourceBattery (Not Included), USB
Battery4 x AA
 • Up to 72-Hour Runtime
PortsUSB Mini-B
MountingTo Optical Tube Assembly: 1/4"-20 Male
To Tripod/Base: Vixen-Type Plate, 1/4"-20 Female, 3/8"-16 Female
Wi-FiNo
Dimensions6.8 x 4.5 x 3.8" / 17.4 x 11.3 x 9.6 cm
Weight2.2 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.485 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 8.75 x 5.1"

Sky-Watcher S20510 Reviews

Incomplete

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-27

This is a great product except for it doesn't come with the most important pieces. Like the EQ wedge and the counter weight. So I haven't even been able to use it.

Poor Quality, Weight capacity is wrong, Bad Customer Service

By Jeremy
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-22

This is rated at 11 pounds payload. The weight of my 5D MK4 and 100-400 MK2 Canon telephoto lens only 6.2 pounds plus the ball head which put me well with in the 11 pound limit. Even with the counterbalance weight I can't get accurate tracking with this payload. I can get sharp images at 200mm and okay tracking with my 70-200 and 2x at 400mm but that it. Only buy this for wide field astrophotography and with my fast f1.4 and f1.8 astro lenses by Canon and Sigma Art I don't need a tracker so this is pretty much useless unless you want to do medium telephoto work. I purchased this in 2016 and also used it for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse. it worked okay. My biggest issue with this item is poor customer service with Sky-Watcher. I've been trying to get a replacement part from them for over 18 months. The tilt lock on the equatorial wedge mount broke. Very cheap plastic and you really need to crank down hard to take any movement out after you do your polar alignment. Since I could never get a response from customer support I just used a socket wrench to tighten the tilt lock bolt. During my multiple support requests with Sky-Watcher I only got an automated response from Celestron. I was going to buy a bigger Celestron Mount to replace this but now I'm reluctant to buy a Celestron since they apparently own Sky-Watcher.

Great�Stuff

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-08

This item is great, moves my Nikon D3 and Nikkor 105mm without any problem. I have had other kit that was not up to the task. As far as B&H Photo - 100% I live in the upstate and shipping is extreamy�fast.

Not a good experience

By Loren
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-04

Assembling the product is when I found out the ball head adapter for PHOTOGRAPHY was not included. Had to go back and search more than one page to find where the adapter was even shown on the website. Since I� wanted the product for the moon eclipse, I had to use one day shipping, which cost me more than the price of the adapter. Then to find out the adapter does not have holding screws to keep the ball head from rotating under pressure. (Camera with lens rotates) The instruction manual is poorly written, so if you buy this product, make sure you allow enough time to work through your frustrations before you miss an important photo opportunity.

Quality good

By Don F.
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-06

Unit well made but not working out for me???? Seems to be more geared for digital cameras, I shoot film camera's and have not gotten good results yet. The directions for use could be expanded upon for us beginners?

Great solution for modest rigs

By john
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-17

I have gotten some good starfield shots with perfect tracking

Great Little Mount

By Le
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-06

Very well built and sturdy. Easy to use.

Value for money

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-07

If you are starting out like me, this equipment is ideal. Need a hefty stand though, particularly if there is wind. Using in the southern hemisphere is much easier.

See any errors on this page? Let us know

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS

question

Does this support PHD Guiding?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can do auto guiding on the Star Adventurer with just about anything. It works like any other mount.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

If I have equatorial wedge for celestron 8Se can ...

If I have equatorial wedge for celestron 8Se can I use it .. also tell me extra accessories??
Asked by: Amit
This only can hold up to an 11 lb Payload Capacity. This OTA will not be compatible with this Mount. My apologies.
Answered by: Alex S
Date published: 2020-11-03

Can I use this with an Acratech long lens head ...

Can I use this with an Acratech long lens head and levelling base?
Asked by: John
Yes you should be able to.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-11-03

Do you still need to buy the Star Adventurer ...

Do you still need to buy the Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base? Or is it included in the set?
Asked by: Isaac
The base would not be included, you can order t here via the attached link https://bhpho.to/3soSDE8 or search for it on our website with item number SKS20530
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-03-22

question

In the specs says ST-4 type Auto-Guider Compatible . Can you point which auto guider can i use in this device?
Asked by: Gustavo
The ST-4 is an industry standard auto-guider port. Numerous auto-guiders use this same port. It uses 5 wires, one of which is the ground wire, the other four wires nudge the mount east & west (along the right-ascension axis) or north & south along the declination axis. However this mount only has a right-ascension axis (which means it only rotates the mount in the east-to-west direction to compensate for the rotation of the Earth). Any ST-4 compatible auto-guider that supports single axis guiding (since there is no declination axis) will work.The more complicated bit is how to mount the auto-guider. Guiders typically have their own guide scope and this implies that you'd need to get a dual-saddle mount ... to you can attach both the camera & lens to one saddle and the guide-scope and guide camera to the other saddle... and still stay within the payload of the mount.Use of a guider is typically not needed at lower focal lengths (telescopes need them... camera lenses usually do not) and often if you're experiencing smearing in the images it is often a consequence of inadequate polar alignment (which a single-axis auto-guider cannot compensate for anyway) or poor support (flexure issues -- possibly because the tripod isn't beefy enough for the load. Use a strong tripod... if you want to pursue astrophotography, this is not the time to economize or save weight on tripod selection.)
Answered by: Tim C.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Which differences has this Astro Package version ...

Which differences has this Astro Package version in comparison with Pro Pack version?
Asked by: Mauricio
The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini Pro Pack BH #SKSAMPP • MFR #S20582 has these additional accessories, Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Equatorial Wedge Base B&H # SKS20530 MFR # S20530 plus the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Ball Head Adapter B&H # SKS2055
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-03-08

Very hard to understand what is included! There ...

Very hard to understand what is included! There are 19 pictures in the description showing a declination mount with slow motion control and even a telescope which I doubt is included and begs the question of truth in advertising. So is it only the 'white' thing?
Asked by: Bob
Will the user manual help? file:///C:/Users/johnp/Downloads/589223.pdf Also there are some excellent YouTube videos on the product.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2022-01-10

question

Any one use this for tracking moon movement?
Asked by: Robert Y.
Yes, you can track the Sun, Moon, and stars with this product.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
  • y_2022, m_6, d_23, h_21CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.32
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_29
  • loc_en_US, sid_1092106, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HAS_STAFF_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo

Close

Close

Close