Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini (SAM) Mount
- All metal gearing
- 6.6 pound payload capacity
- Built in WiFi control
- Free SAM Console control app (for iOS and Android)
- Complete customizable control for photographing the night sky
- Compatible with all Star Adventurer accessories
- 24 hours of continuous use with 2 AA batteries
- Can also be power via 5V mini USB
- Built in SNAP port for camera control
- Ultra-light 1.5 lb body
- LED lit polar alignment sight for fast general alignments
- ¼-20 adapter
- 3/8 thread panoramic plate
- Polar finderscope with illuminator for easy alignment with Polaris
- DSLR camera interface with automatic shutter control
- V-style dovetail saddle, with ability to mount ball head for easier camera movement
The Star Adventurer Mini Mount (SAM) from Sky-Watcher is a user-friendly and multi-function mount to satisfy all your needs for nightscape and eclipse photography, astrophotography and time-lapse photography. You will find that this mount is ideal for wide-field photography, or lightweight celestial viewing. It includes a Free SAM console app for total control of the Star Adventurer Mini. The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini (SAM) Mount has customizable speeds, including sidereal, solar, and lunar, for tracking convenience. SAM is a high precision, portable and stable tracking platform. It includes an automatic DSLR shutter release control. It is small and light enough to easily fit into a camera bag or backpack, making it an ideal mount for any photographer on the go and doing field work.
This high precision, portable celestial tracking platform can transform almost any tripod into an equatorial mount, assisting photographers with long exposures of the night sky. SAM breaks from the mold of traditional equatorial mounts with an abundance of add on accessories to complement wide-field astrophotography, nightscape images or time-lapse photography. Shoot great wide field images of our Milky Way Galaxy.
The declination assembly uses a specialized Vixen-style saddle plate for attaching cameras, tripod heads, or optical tubes. If you then attach a ball head to this Vixen style plate, most users will have enough flexibility to slew around the sky freely while maintaining tracking. The Star Adventurer Mini (SAM) tracking platform can attach to a tripod using a 3.8”-16 thread and includes an adapter for ¼”-20 thread sizes.
For those users who wish to use this Star Adventurer Mini mount for more demanding applications, several add-on accessories are available as optional purchases. The Equatorial base allows this platform to polar align and track in the RA axis, turning a conventional photo tripod into an important astrophotography tool. Both axes also feature clutches, allowing users to aim the Star Adventurer without losing polar alignment. A ball head adapter is also included with this mount.
|Payload Capacity (lb)||6.6 pounds|
|Mount Head Weight (lb)||1.6|
|Fully Assembled Weight (w/weights)||1.6|
|Mounting Saddle Type||V-type|
|Power Type||AA batteries/5V|
|Polar Align Assist||No|
|Permanent Periodic Correction||No|