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  1. I have used my Star Adventurer for a while now and is very satisfaid with it. But it could be improved and I have installed an angled viewfinder to the polar telescope, rebuilt the wedge, etc. But there is also the tripod, the one I have now is stable but very big, nothing that I could take with me when traveling. All photagraphy tripods I have looked at that is maximum 0.5 meter long folded look a bit weak or are very expensive. Now I have bought an used Manfrotto model 144, very stable but too long folded. This weekend I cut off the legs to make it shorter. I don't need very high tripod now when using the angled viewfinder. Here is my tripod project: http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-star-adventurer-tripod/01-project-star-adventurer-tripod.html /Lars
  2. Now the dark season has started for us who live in Sweden. Then we must have all our equipment in top condition. I have one mini mount, the Star Adventurer, I'm very satisfaid with it. But you can always get it a little bit better. One small problem I have is that the altitude lock of the wedge slips. Maybe others of you also have this problem? Here I have some photos and my attempt to get it better: http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-star-adventurer-modify-wedge/project-star-adventurer-modify-wedge.html I will test if my modifications work in reality next clear sky. /Lars
  3. Selling my 3D Printed polarscope illuminator adaptor. This enables the Star Adventurer's polarscope to be used when the L-bracket is fitted. £8 delivered via Paypal gift (Mainland UK only) Thanks for looking.
  4. Hi all, Thought I'd share the clip I designed to fit a Right Angle Finder to the polar scope on my Star Adventurer mount. I designed it to work on my Neewer RA Finder but it could possibly work with similar ones (that have the removable adaptor plates for various camera types). My finder came with a few different adaptor plates and I chose the metal screw-together type which was labeled for use with the older Nikon F series cameras. As you can see from the photos, this just screws into the printed clip allowing you to leave it in place on the Polar Scope but remove the RA Finder easily. It is best oriented with the clips at the top and bottom (rather than on the side). I've made it available for download from Thingiverse, there's a printable version of the adaptor plate on there too (along with instructions and pics) should you need it. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2762334
  5. I continue with my Star Adventurer experiments how to get the most out of it. I can notice when I taking 120 seconds exposures with my Star Adventurer mount and the 150 mm camera lens I sometimes get elonged stars. And with that long exposures also the brighter stars oversaturate. How will my equipment perform if I take more and shorter exposurers, can my Canon 6D handle that? It has relative low readout noise at higher ISO settings but limited dynamic range then. Here I have done two tests to compare: http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/tutorials/tutorial-dynamics/tutorial-dynamics.html At least in this case I feel the camera can handle the shorter exposure and still have good dynamics. I live close to a big city, but I have found two places out in the east close to the coast where I have a relative dark sky. With my small Star Adventurer I can easily go out there and doing astrophotographing. Almost all my earlier AP have been done with a very lightpolluted sky. /Lars
  6. My first ever M31 ! For us in NZ this object is a real challenge as it never rises more than a few degrees above the horizon. This is actually as high as it gets and I have included a wide field shot to demonstrate its position at the moment. Coupled with fairly ordinary seeing I’m really rather proud of my first attempt. It really tested my polar alignment and my excellent star adventurer Mount. There is a nasty gradient and it’s a bit brown but apart from that I can see dust lane ! I’m still saving for pixinsight as I suspect there maybe more info in this image. All comment and criticism is welcomed. Cheers, Andy Canon 6d 75-300mm @ 300mm Iso 4000 32X120 seconds ( 1 hour 4 minutes total integration) 15 darks 20flats 20 bias Processed in photoshop and Lightroom
  7. Hi everyone, I recently decided to get a 70-200 f2.8 lens or similar (liek 80-200 nikkor) to mount on my Nikon D3300 and Star Adventurer, because as a landscape photographer I feel I will use way more a tele lens than a telescope. It will be a graduation present, so I hope no budget limit. My question is: which lens to choose? In order to capture some extra details I'll most likely add a teleconverter 2x if the choice will be a 70-200, otherwise I'm considering a 100-400 Sigma or Tamron but I can't find anything about how they perform. Thanks for your advices.
  8. Hi, Last night when we was out in the night to do astro photographing I got problem with my Star Adventurer mount. The friction coupling in RA axis got stuck and I have difficulties to aim the camera to the object. Today I have dismantled the mount to find what the problem is with it. I got to repair it, I took photos from my disassembling and repair that I think can be interesting for others to look at and read. Here is the link to my homepage: http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/projects/project-star-adventurer-part2-repair/project-star-adventurer-part2-repair.html Have any other of you had a simular problem with the Star Adventurer mount? BR Lars
  9. Hi all, First post here, and I'm pretty new to AP, just picked up a Star Adventurer mount a couple months ago and have been happily playing around with it with DSLR and various lenses and a 72mm Sky-Watcher refractor. I'm new to the whole setup process, and I'm trying to do a decent job of leveling the tripod/mount, polar alignment, and I should probably think more about balancing the weight of things. I've gotten some decent shots, like 60-120 second subs with up to 300mm lens. My last time out I was getting star trails at 200mm and 15 second exposures, which could have been just a sloppy polar alignment, but today out of curiosity I looked through the polar scope and rotated the RA axis 360 degrees, and I saw that the target circle jumped a few times. I'm guessing that the target circle should appear not to move while the numbers 3, 6, 9, 12 would rotate around as I rotate the RA axis. So my guess is that the polar scope would need to be calibrated?
  10. Greetings everyone. Few months ago I wrote a post about a small refractor to mount on a Star Adventurer, but I'm now considering fast tele lens like the Nikon 80-200 f2.8. My question is: what is the best tele lens to get pictures of Andromeda galaxy, Orion, Soul, Hearth nebula and stuff like these? If I'd pick a 70-200 f2.8 lens, can I plug a teleconverter 2x to get better crop without losing details? I've attached a picture taken with my Nikon D3300 and 18-105 kit lens, as you can see it's quite small (forget about the quality, it was also quite foggy back then). Thanks in advance.
  11. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    First proper try at capturing M31 30 x 75 sec Light Frames 10 x Dark Frames Canon 700D (Un-modded) Canon EF 75-300 ISO 1600 Stacked using Photoshop & the Median stacking process.
  12. I took this with my unmodded canon, 135mm & CLS filter at f4 iso400, 40 minutes worth of 30 second images on the Star Adventurer. Fairly short exposures in an attempt to avoid over exposing stars, wasn’t sure how much of the veil I’d see but it’s there My there are an awful lot of stars in this area, which illustrates how faint the veil is if nothing else. I’d like to try again wth longer exposures to compare. I’m still learning Anyway, a different fov, hope you like it.
  13. Last night I finally managed to get out and have a go at tracking for the first time with the SW SA. DEFINITELY need a ball head... Once I figured out that I should be leaving the latitude adjustment alone (yes I'm THAT much of a noob at tracking and polar alignment), about the only target in my FOV was M31, and even that was about to vanish behind a roof! But I did manage a few 30 second subs before it disappeared. Could've probably gotten longer exposures but the intervalometer wasn't setup and I was out of time. But I'm happy enough for a first time out. The attached is just the test image from last night. About half a dozen subs, Canon 550D, ISO 3200, F/4, cropped down from 55mm Oh, I did notice that whatever way up I put my PA scope, it was upside down...any ideas?
  14. Here is my intended setup for widefield but for now until I get the hang of it, I will just use the mount and camera. This setup includes Canon 1100D with RDF mounted to the hotshoe, 9x50 finder modified to a guidescope, QHY5L-II as the guide camera run from a Packard Bell netbook. Lenses are Vivitar Series 1 200mm f3, Panagor 135mm f2.8, F.Zuiko MC 50mm 1.8 and a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 ultra wide lens. The whole purpose of this setup is portability due to living in a flat and I find my CG5-GT to bulky to cart around. Excuse the poor quality pics as they were taken on my phone.
  15. Due to lack of time to do astronomy I am selling my Star Adventurer bundle. Bought it Oct last year from FLO. Been out few times but it deserves someone who will be able to get most of this great little mount. It comes with original packaging and as extra I will add ball head for free. I am looking for £215 shipped or £200 collected from SE Essex area. https://goo.gl/photos/kUDeKzNKRtrsTY1GA Thanks for looking Adam
  16. Well its taken some time to get to grips with Pixinsight (trial) but im over the moon with the result. 27 x 60 second subs on Nikon D810 with 70-200mm F4 with darks, flats and bias in a light polluted sky at 200mm (I drizzled 2x2). cant wait to get the next one now :-) clear skies, Dan
  17. FLO delivered a Star Adventurer and Fotomate VT-680-222R Extra Heavy-Duty mount to me in record time last week. This is one of the most interesting, versatile and fun pieces of astro gear that I've bought to date. I wanted to get into a bit of leisurely wide-field photography without the hassle of setting up one of my mounts (Celestron AVX or NEQ6) and heard this mount performed really well. I bought the full kit with an additional ball mount so that I could put both my Canon 500d and ASI120MC on it. First - on receiving it during a rare sunny afternoon I realised I could put my Lunt50Ha on it :-) making it even easier to do solar imaging/observing. And tonight I used it for the first time with the Canon and ASI - I captured a 15 minute sub with the Canon and did some time lapse stuff (not yet processed with the ASI120MC) It was a lot of fun and totally hassle free :-) Highly recommended. David
  18. As a rookie astrophotographer, I have recently acquired a star adventurer mount. Seeing the port marked "Auto Guider" it sure seems to me that the manufacturer intended the mount to be used this way. But the documentation on this capability or connection is non existent. I bumped into something called phd2..it seems there is hope. Do I need a guide scope or can the mount take direction directly from phd2? Obviously i am somewhat confused. Any guidance out there? Thanks in advance.
  19. The skies were much better on Saturday so I had another go at capturing different exposures. 73 10 secs, thirty 30 secs & 15 1 minutes but the minutes were no good, mist or cloud ruined them. All at ISO 800. I used Pixinsights HDR composition to combine the stacked 10 seconds with the 30 seconds. I'm not sure to what degree it improved the 30 seconds on their own, or if I'd just stacked them all together. Anyway, Aldebaran was at 53 degrees when I started at around 10 pm so the light pollution wasn't anywhere near as bad as when took the previous image. There are also many more stars. I'm still a bit perplexed by the colours of a few of the brighter stars opposite Aldebaran which are clearly described as yellow/orange and appear so in some other images. Maybe its just my skies? Anyway here it is I used my Takumar 135mm with the 450D on the Star Adventurer again
  20. My star adventurer setup has looked like this since I got my star adventurer: The tripod I used was not stable enough and I felt like it was the reason of not being able to get good enough PA. I had to sit on the ground to look through the polar scope (not that fun to do on wet grass), and when I put the wedge and camera back on the tripod after doing PA, I suspect the tripod lean back a little messing up PA. I have just been to USA and Canada, where I bought a Manfrotto 055XPRO3 and a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ballhead. I certainly paid for it but I am very happy with my purchase. The tripod feels a lot more study and solid, and so does the ballhead. Because of the ballhead, I can also use the star adventurer without the wedge and counterweights. Overall very happy with the look of my setup, and I am very satisfied with my purchase. The tripod is so solid and stable that I can extend the legs when using it (not fully though, that would be stupid), and now I only have to sit on a knee to look through the polar scope. Clear skies! Victor Boesen
  21. Hi all Now I have got my scope for visual only which I’m really enjoying, Ive also wanted to take up imaging. However the cost for a proper eq Mount + scope + camera is massive to do astrophotography that way. I’m very interested in getting a sky adventurer later on in the year. I was thinking of getting a canon 1100d or 600d and was wondering am I able to put a small refractor on the sky adventurer? I was looking at maybe the ST80 or one of the ed scopes.I think the max limit for the mount is around 5kg but I was more worried about the length of the scopes as it may be unbalanced. Would like to know if any of you use scopes with the star adventure or just use it with a dslr. Reason also for going the sky adventurer route is it’s more portable then having the big old eq mounts. Many Thanks
  22. I took this on the night of 27th/28th. It’s five 5.5 minutes at iso400 with 135mm Takumar on the Star Adventurer unguided. I used a CLS clip filter this time. DBE removed most of the light pollution but I struggled with a big gradient near the bottom so I cropped most of that off.
  23. When everything goes well and you are not pushed for time or work/family commitments this hobby is the most relaxing and interesting hobby there is. Last night I finally had the chance to use my star adventurer for a full evening instead of racing against the clock or trying to work around a cloud or some other inconvenience. I decided to target andromeda as it was the easiest and from my back yard as it was perfectly positioned and also I wanted to give my star adventurer a good test. I set it going on a 200mm lens for 1 minute exposures at 1600iso. It was great. I just set it going taking pictures and sat back in my camping chair taking in a very rare beautiful clear sky by eye only. Its easy to forget just how beautiful it all is when only observing by eye as we get draw in by more tech to aid us. I think this might just be my new observing technique whilst also getting some great pics or maybe get a pair of binos. Anyway this was andromeda which is by far the best I have ever taken. I also took pleides and had a go at m33 but that didnt work. I think I missed the target?
  24. It took me a while to set up and polar align my star adventurer and then frame and focus with backyard Eos. I set the backyard Eos in action and then nipped to my local for a couple of jars .....by the time I got home after an evening of conviviality and nice beer I was too ‘relaxed’ to sort out my dark frames.....so here is a stack of 30 X 180 seconds lights taken with my modified canon 40d with a stock 75/300mm lens set at 75mm, 30X180 seconds, f4.5, iso 1600, stacked in DSS then processed in photoshop and Lightroom. I always welcome comment and criticism..... .I know that this will benefit from some calibration frames and I imagine it would look nice processed in pixinsight.....am busy filling my piggy bank ?
  25. Hi all! I'm looking for any recommendations for a good little refractor as a companion for my Star Adventurer for astrophotography. Little (in weight) being the operative word given the 5kg payload capacity of the mount! Currently I am shooting with an Sony A7S and guiding with an Orion Starshoot and Orion 50mm guide scope. So there's a little bit of weight on there already. Looking at refractors with a focal length of 400-600mm which are proven performers for imaging. So far contenders are: Stellarvue 80mm ED TS-Optics ED 70mm f/6 William Optics Gran Turismo 71 APO Refractor Any advice/images of rigs/example images/etc would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance :-)
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