Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Photo Package

BH #SKS20520 • MFR #S20520
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Photo Package
Key Features
  • EQ Mount Only
  • 11 lb Payload Capacity
  • Ball Head Adapter Included
  • Selectable Tracking Speeds
Sky-Watcher's Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Photo Package is an easy-to-use equatorial mount that offers accurate tracking capabilities for time-lapse and long-exposure wide-field 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.
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Sky-Watcher S20520 Overview

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

Sky-Watcher's Star Adventurer Motorized Mount Photo Package is an easy-to-use equatorial mount that offers accurate tracking capabilities for time-lapse and long-exposure wide-field 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.

Included with the Star Adventurer is a ball head adapter with a 3/8"-16 screw to mount a photo ball head to adapt it for use with a DSLR camera. 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

  • Includes a ball head adapter with a 3/8"-16 screw to mount a photo ball head to adapt it for use with a DSLR camera
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 tripod mounts
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • 11 lb payload capacity
UPC: 050234205207

Sky-Watcher S20520 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: 3/8"-16 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 Weight3.47 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.25 x 8.8 x 4.95"
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Is it possible to solar align ? Would this work for the upcoming solar eclipse?
Asked by: Jad L.
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