Sky-Watcher AllView Mount

BH #SKMAVC • MFR #S20150
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher AllView Mount
Key Features
  • Create Time-Lapse Panning Videos
  • Dual Encoder Technology on Each Axis
  • Electronic Shutter Release
  • Motorized Panning Head for Video Cameras
The Sky-Watcher AllView Mount from Celestron is a multi-purpose mount designed to be used as an alt-azimuth GoTo computerized astronomical mount (using an optional telescope optical tube assembly), a motorized platform for taking panoramic photographs, a stable platform for panning while taking time-lapse video or still images, and a motorized base for smooth panning video.
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Sky-Watcher S20150 Overview

The Sky-Watcher AllView Mount from Celestron is a multi-purpose mount designed to be used as an alt-azimuth GoTo computerized astronomical mount (using an optional telescope optical tube assembly), a motorized platform for taking panoramic photographs, a stable platform for panning while taking time-lapse video or still images, and a motorized base for smooth panning video.

It comes with a multi-purpose mounting bracket for attaching an optical tube assembly, still camera, or video camera. Dual optical encoders make sure that the mount never loses position even when moved by hand. It is supported by a sturdy stainless steel tripod with an accessory tray. The hand controller accesses a database of 42,900 astronomical objects. An electronic shutter release cable for most Canon DSLR cameras is included while other optional cables are available for alternate cameras.

Not only can the Sky-Watcher AllView Mount be used as a computer-controlled telescope mount, it can also be used as a motorized tripod for photography or video recording. The AllView mount and the panoramic functionality of the SynScan AZ hand controller work together as a panoramic controlled mount and head. There are three modes for shooting panoramic images: Easy Pano, Preset Pano, and Time-Lapse. The AZ GoTo mode provides extensive computerized GoTo functionality to assist in finding and enjoying the treasures of the night sky. The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900 objects.

The SynScan AZ hand control has three ports on its bottom edge. The hand control cable has an RJ-45 with eight connecting pins on one end and a RJ-12 connector with six pins on the opposite end. The center port on the bottom of the hand control is used for RS-232 communications between the SynScan AZ and a computer or other device. The DC power port allows independent use of the SynScan AZ hand control for users who wish to browse the database or update the firmware without connecting to the optical device.

Leveling bubble provided on the mount's base to check the mount's level
Mounting bracket can be configured to hold a camera in landscape or portrait orientation
1/4-20 mounting screw on the landscape mounting plate to attach camera, camcorder, or telescope optical tube assembly
Dual-encoder design on both axes of the mount means that the mount will not lose its alignment or positional information on either axis, even if the scope is moved by hand
Requires 12 VDC, 8-16 VDC with an optional AC adapter, or 10 AA alkaline batteries in the built-in battery compartment
Mounting bracket assembly includes dovetail bar, guiding rail, landscape mounting plate, and portrait mounting plate
Time-Lapse mode permits a series of still images over a long period of time while the mount slowly pans
Video coursing feature allows video with a constant slewing speed from one point to another
Hand control has a dual-line, 16-character display that is backlit for comfortable viewing
Three methods to align the SynScan AZ: Brightest Star alignment, 2-Star alignment, and Daytime alignment
SynScan AZ provides a pointing accuracy enhancement (PAE) function to further improve accuracy
SynScan AZ database with over 42,900 celestial objects includes complete Messier, NGC, IC, and SAO catalog and 25 user-defined objects and is flash upgradable
The Tour presents highlights of what is in the sky at that moment, presenting the brightest and most beautiful objects
Slew speeds: 1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x
Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
Tracking modes: Dual-axis tracking
Dovetail compatible: Accepts Vixen-style dovetail
GoTo pointing accuracy: Up to 5 arcmin

Sky-Watcher S20150 Specs

Mount
Mount TypeMotorized; Alt-Azimuth
GoTo CapabilityYes
Payload Capacity9 lb / 4.1 kg
MotorDual Axis
Tracking RatesLunar, Sidereal, Solar
Altitude AdjustmentYes
Latitude AdjustmentYes
Polar Axis ScopeYes (Included)
Tripod
MaterialsStainless Steel
General
Batteries10 x AA
Adapter12 VDC
Mounting SystemDovetail, 1/4"-20 Female
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
DimensionsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Weight21 lb / 9.53 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)44 x 14.5 x 11"
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question

Can the mount be programmed for shooting multi-row panoramas?
Asked by: Michael M.
No, the Sky-Watcher AllView Mount cannot be programmed to shoot multi-row panorama.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-10-07

question

What is the weight of the mount, not including tripod?
Asked by: Michael M.
The weight of the Sky-Watcher AllView Mount is 13 lbs without the tripod legs.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-10-07

I have a 10 lb weight Orion 9326 Giant View ...

I have a 10 lb weight Orion 9326 Giant View 25x100 Astronomy Binoculars - can they still be safely mounted on this mount? It says the max load capacity is 9.1 lbs
Asked by: Alexander
I would not recommend it. To mount binoculars on the Sky-Watcher AllView Mount you would need a series of mounts or brackets along with the binoculars. This will exceed the maximum load capacity of the mount.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-04-30

Does the mount come with a firmware update cable ...

Does the mount come with a firmware update cable for the SynScan hand controller?
Asked by: Noah
No, I had to purchase one, not very expensive, but the version that came with the Allview mount was the current version, no update needed.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2019-04-15

question

Does it track southern hemisphere? And how does it do polar alignment
Asked by: Ren C.
Yes ,the motor drives HC tracks N or S You need to get the polar scope to PA
Answered by: bill F.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Does this mount do star/nebula/galaxy tracking for long exposures?
Asked by: Ren C.
No. If you are asking for quality astrophotography with pin point stars this is not the proper equipment. You you are taking snapshots over and over again to make a time lapse than the answer is yes.
Answered by: JOHN N.
Date published: 2019-01-01

question

Will it work with the Celestron SkyPortal WiFi Module?
Asked by: Margie
It will not. That Module is dedicated to Celestron Models only. My apologies.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can it track the sun?
Asked by: John
As of a recent firmware update the answer is finally, yes. The unit I have came with firmware v. 4.00.00 with which you can not track the sun. Once you install v. 4.39.04 there is a Utility menu which offers Solar Tracking as one choice. When you select that item it begins solar tracking immediately -- and then you can use the controls to aim the scope at the sun and it will continue tracking. The Sky-Watcher website has the firmware to download, along with an installer that requires a Windows computer.
Answered by: Alan G.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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