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So recently I bought the star adventurer and am planning on using the z61 as my imaging telescope. I have seen a lot of people recommend it as a great telescope to use and after doing some research have decided that it is probably the telescope that I should get. I am confused on one simple thing though, do I have to be polar aligned while imaging? And if I do, how do I all the telescope I am using to point close/towards zenith. Wouldn't I have to stay at the latitude of Polaris to image?
I've had a Star Adventure since October, but haven't had a chance to use it until Friday night (work and weather limitations). Also, I don't have a car at the moment, so I'm quite limited to how far I can travel on my e-bike and get to dark skies.
Ran into a couple of issues, 1. my Nikon Z50 is limited to 30 second exposures and the wifi connection to my phone so I could use qDslrDashboard was terrible (now found out I can tether directly to the phone via USB, yey!). 2. my lens started to fog (a warmer was ordered as soon as I got home and has now arrived).
Anyway, what I did manage to get was a nice shot of the Orion Nebula.
Nikon Z50. 50-250mm kit lens @250mm. F6.3. 26x30s exposures. ISO640. Sky Watcher Star Adventure.
I want to try the Horsehead or Rosette next, not sure how well the unmodded Z50 is with HA though.
Hi All, I have a Star Adventurer but have had problems getting consistent results even when setup was as near to perfect as I can do, (this was focussed on due to this issue).
It took me a while to find out that when the eyepiece is is extended for focus it is very loose, so loose the graticule moves indipendantly of Polaris / background.
I have asked the supplier, "Astroshop.eu", to highlight the problem and ask for their feedback.
Question to Astroshop.eu:
I have had a constant issue with Polar Alignment. As I cannot use it so often, (visibility), it has taken me a while to identify the problem. When I adjust the polar scope focus the eyepiece is so loose that the graticule moves a lot laterally in all directions in the view. I can send a video but I think you can understand what I am saying.
Basically I must be getting something very wrong or there is an issue with the product. The thread is so loose it is entirely unstable.
Please advise what we can do about this.
Answer from Astroshop.eu:
1. "I'am sorry to say, but this is very normal and does not affect the function of the star adventurer".
2. "My collegue confirmed that this will not be a issue".
I have subsequently asked the guy to ask his colleague again, but some time has gone past and I have no further reply.
I think it is clear enough from the text and would really appreciate some experienced answer, any comments very welcome.
Additionally here are the videos I have sent to show them, (hand holding the phone so a bit shaky but issue can be seen. I'd really appreciate some help before I spend too much time again tring to get it to work, for reference the eyepiece wobble is around 3.5 graticule intervals, so not small. As it's full of grease it took me a long time to see how poor quality the Polarscope build quality is.
Thank you all, Andy
At last, I have 3D printed an adapter to attach an angled viewfinter to the polar telescope finder. This is for the Star Adventurer polar telescope, but I think it fit even others.
My document of how I did it:
It works so perfect compare to my film canister build adapter. This is my first real 3D printed product I will use so I have great times.
Not posted some images since my introduction in the welcome section. With the dark nights finally back here in Scotland I thought Id share some of the DSOs I managed to capture back in Feb-April just before the light nights rolled in at the start of May.
These were all stacked and edited in PixInsight.
1. The Running Man and Orion Nebula - less than an hour of integration time (SA pro + fuji 55-200mm lens).
2. Bodes and Cigar Galaxy - Less than an hour of integration time ( SA pro + SW 72 ED telescope).
3. Flame, Horsehead, Running Man and Orion Nebula - Less than an hour of integration time (SA pro + fuji 55-200mm lens).
4. Pinwheel Galaxy - 35 mins integration time (SA pro + SW 72 ED telescope).
5 Whirlpool Galaxy - 21 mins integration time (SA pro + SW 72 ED telescope).
6. Andromeda Galaxy - 1.5 minutes integration time (Move Shoot Move + fuji 55-200mm lens).