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
Show More
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.
In Stock
$339.00
Call For Promotion: 800-606-6969
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
Jacob K., B&H Optics Expert

True Know-How

Ask Our Experts

866.264.7509

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 TypeEquatorial
Load Capacity11 lb / 5 kg
MotorDC servo
Gear DriveWheel gear: 86 mm diameter, 144 teeth, aluminum alloy
Worm gear: 13 mm diameter, brass
GoTo CapabilityNo
Polar Axis ScopeYes. Built-in and illuminated
Includes Tripod/PierNo
Power Source4 x AA batteries, up to 72 hr
Mini-USB port for external power
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
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"
See any errors on this page? Let us know

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS

Can this be programmed to track satellites?

Can this be programmed to track satellites?
Asked by: ron
This cannot be programmed to track satellites.
Answered by: Alex S
Date published: 2021-03-25

If i get a ball head, what does its load capacity ...

If i get a ball head, what does its load capacity need to be at least? thank you all
Asked by: jewels
This product only weighs 2.2 pounds.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-03

question

Do I need to purchase the EQ Wedge to take 4 minutes picture of the milky way?
Asked by: Alexis M.
Need either the EQ Wedge or a 2nd ball head. I got the EQ because it was $75 and cheaper than a good ball head
Answered by: JOHN P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Is it possible to solar align ? Would this work for the upcoming solar eclipse?
Asked by: Jad L.
In theory yes, sort of. However, you would aim the thing at the North Star (more or less - there is some tweaking) rather than at the sun. Unfortunately, the North Star isn't going to be visible in the daylight at the start of the eclipse. You could try to wing it with a star-tracking app and compass (keeping in mind the deviation between magnetic and true north). Or, because the next solar eclipse in the US won't be for a long time, you may want to line it up with Polaris the night before (earlier, if the night will be cloudy). Good seeing!
Answered by: John G.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

How can I capture timelapse of stars rotating without there being trails? Does the timelapse feature allow this? For example, I want 45 second exposures of the stars taken at 2 minute intervals for several hours. Will I see stars rotating without trails? If not, what does timelapse feature provide?
Asked by: Timothy M.
You don't need an equatorial mount to do this, as the earth already will be conveniently doing the rotation for you. Get a sturdy tripod (without an equatorial mount), put on a super wide lens, point it in the direction of the North Star, and trigger the camera with an intervalometer. The time lapse on the sky-watcher would be helpful for more sophisticated moves, such as changing the perspective of the already rotating stars.
Answered by: John G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Is my camera able to face a different direction than Polaris for it to work? For example, what if I want to take long exposures of somewhere else in the sky other than where mount is pointed at Polaris?
Asked by: Timothy M.
Yes, definitely. Once your aligned with Polaris you simple use your ball head to move to wherever you want to shoot and let er rip.
Answered by: Joel H.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Will the shutter release for timelapse work with a Sony a7RII? If so, what cable would I need?
Asked by: David
Yes it will work with the A7 series cameras but you need this cable: http://bhpho.to/2c1plYq
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Hi, does this package include the EQ wedge? You mention in another answer that it does. Please clarify.
Asked by: Anonymous
No it does not....it is a separate item
Answered by: Christopher M.
Date published: 2018-08-25
  • y_2021, m_5, d_11, h_17CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.15
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_14
  • loc_en_US, sid_1092107, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo

Close

Close

Close