Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head

B&H # SKSAM MFR # S20580
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Product Highlights

  • 6.6-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Use for Long-Exposure Astrophotography
  • Timelapse & Panoramic Photo Techniques
  • Built-In WiFi, Android/iOS App Control
  • Solar, Lunar, & Sidereal Tracking Rates
  • DSLR Shutter Control for Multiple Brands
  • Easy Alignment with Included Polar Scope
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 Tripod Mounts
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries or Optional USB
  • Head Only: Camera and Tripod Required
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Sky-Watcher S20580 overview

  • 1Description

Enjoy advanced photographic techniques such as astroimaging, star-scapes, and timelapse terrestrial or astronomic photography with the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head. It is outfitted with a right ascension DC servo tracking motor with multiple tracking rates for the sun, moon, and other celestial bodies — with more tracking and control options available using the built-in WiFi and the companion Android/iOS control app. The head can attach to most astronomic, photo, video, or field tripod using the 3/8"-16 mount, or the included 1/4"-20 adapter. An included ball head plate accepts most ball heads for mounting a DSLR, and an integrated port on the head enables the unit to activate the camera's shutter to pre-programmed intervals.

Tracking Head
  • Supports payloads up to 6.6 pounds
  • Right Ascension axis DC servo motor tracks celestial objects as they move across the sky
  • Solar, lunar, and sidereal tracking rates for astrophotography
  • Supports star-scape and timelapse star-scape, long and short exposure timelapse photography techniques
  • Illuminated polar axis scope enables precise alignment for accurate tracking of celestial objects
  • 36mm, 72-tooth aluminum alloy wheel gear
  • 11mm, high-tension brass worm gear
  • Runs on two user-supplied AA batteries, or 5 VDC mini-USB external power source
Star Adventurer Mini Console Control App
  • Free for Android and iOS
  • Connects directly to tracking head via internal WiFi module
  • Adds 0.5x sidereal and 2x sidereal tracking rates for star-scape and other photography techniques
  • Custom exposure times, photo intervals, or number of photos for a user-defined time range
  • Save favorite profiles for faster set up
  • Manual mode allows you to control the tracking motor without directly touching the unit for more precise handling
  • Video capture option with custom settings including frame rate, and length
  • Timelapse mode: Photo or video capture, Swing range, and Pan rate in degree/hour and direction
  • Polar axis scope utility helps determine correct settings for current day/time for accurate alignment
    Tracking Head to Tripod:
  • Mounts directly to tripod for conventional terrestrial timelapse photography
  • Bottom and side mounting points provide options for camera orientation
  • 3/8"-16 tripod mount with 1/4"-20 adapter makes it compatible with most astronomic, photo, video, or field tripods
    Tracking Head to Camera:
  • Dovetail saddle accepts included ball head adapter to easy set up without tools
  • Ball head adapter has standard 3/8"-16 stud
  • With ball head on tracking head, the camera attaches as normal
  • DSLR shutter control port for multiple brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus
UPC: 050234205801
In the Box
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head
  • Ball Head Adapter
  • 1/4"-20 Mount Adapter
  • Polar Axis Scope with Illuminator
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sky-Watcher S20580 specs

    Payload Capacity 6.6 lb / 3.0 kg
    Motors DC servo
    Polar Axis Scope Included
    10° field of view
    Northern and Southern hemispheres
    Power Requirements 2 x AA batteries, 24 h max runtime
    5 VDC micro-USB, optional
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Dimensions 4.1 x 3.0 x 2.8" / 10.3 x 7.6 x 7.0 cm
    Weight 24.0 oz / 680.4 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 6.2 x 5.1"

    Sky-Watcher S20580 reviews

    Star Adventurer Mini EQ Camera Tracking Mount Head is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 99% great I bought this from B&H along with the Dec Bracket and Counterweight.� I used its big brother drive to shoot the solar eclipse [photo attached], but I wanted the greater flexibility of this one, controlled by the app.� It arrived on 22 Feb 18, and when I assembled it, there was just one flaw... the legs of the clip to hold the polar scope illuminator in the slot on the Dec Bracket didn't quite fit, and the illuminator fell out of the slot. I called Sky-Watcher tech support, and they said they had a list of others with the same problem and they were working with the factory, so I added my contact info to the list. Don't let that stop you from buying this great motorized drive, tho.� For most short exposures, you don't need to point North that accurately.� Just add your name to the list.
    Date published: 2018-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This product is very well thought out and well constructed. It operates great with the app and is very easy to setup
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't buy. Buy 2 axis mount I got this moutnt to photograph the eclipse. My decision was based on a review. At this point I would not get this mount. Some of the optional pieces are not available and by the time you acquire them all you could buy a 2 axis mount with the accessories included. If it was not so close to the eclipse I would return for a better mount. I just cancelled my orders for the optional pieces. So my once in a lifetime event my not be photographed.
    Date published: 2017-08-10
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