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I am looking to purchase a Star Adventurer pack in the near future as my first foray in to tracked shots,  however being a newcomer to AP,  I am struggling to work out if the stock mount sold by Sky-watcher (being bought separately) would be satisfactory in providing a stable base as I have never seen one in the flesh. 

I note that is it is repeated many times that quality polar alignment, counterweight balance, and a stable base are half the battle in getting satisfactory exposure lengths, so I am keen to get it the right first time. I am sure it would be helped with buying a tripod actually fit for purpose! At this time it would just for a Nikon D5300 with a 14mm wide-angle lens, so the total weight load would not be too much. 

https://www.binostore.com/en/accessories/tripod/tripod-for-star-adventurer/

 

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I've tried a couple of different tripods with the star adventurer, and conclude that the best one is the one on FLO from sky watcher, here

main difference is the central brace of the legs which helps a lot with stability

cheers

Mike

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https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-star-adventurer/sky-watcher-38-stainless-steel-tripod.html

This is the one I use for mine. Admittedly I'm pushing mine beyond the recommended performance envelope somewhat, or at least up to its limits, but I've found that this is super stable, and as it's the same set that the HEQ5 sits on, it's something I don't have to worry too much about further down the line

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57 minutes ago, Maxrayne said:

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-star-adventurer/sky-watcher-38-stainless-steel-tripod.html

This is the one I use for mine. Admittedly I'm pushing mine beyond the recommended performance envelope somewhat, or at least up to its limits, but I've found that this is super stable, and as it's the same set that the HEQ5 sits on, it's something I don't have to worry too much about further down the line

true but you cant haul that up a mountain if needed 🤣

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Never having got on with the SA's wedge (mine was very coarse and stiff) I found attaching the SA to one of these (I had an old one in the shed) a boon-https://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-mounts/celestron-heavy-duty-alt-azimuth-mount.html

Very easy to set up and use, reducing the height of the legs to little over half way and adding a 3kg house brick in the eyepiece tray keep everything very stable.

Cheers,

Steve

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3 hours ago, Daniel-K said:

true but you cant haul that up a mountain if needed 🤣

Heh, watch this space 😉

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