Polar alignment of Star Adventurer

Started 10 months ago | Questions thread
tradesmith45 Senior Member • Posts: 1,484
Re: Polar alignment of Star Adventurer

betelgeuse91 wrote:

Hi, I am considering buying a tracker for my 200 mm lens and looking at Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. I am wondering if PA with this is that difficult. I've heard people talking about how bad polar illuminator is, and how polar alighment goes off after mounting the camera.

Regarding that, I see that Ioptron Skytracker Pro seems better for polar alignment, although it's lighter and less sturdy.

What do you think? Which one would you recommend? Any comments or advises will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Two separate issues here PA & keeping PA after mounting a camera. I owned the SA & hoped to use it for the eclipse but it was just too susceptible to wind. There's lots of loose places. I also owned an original iOptron SkyTracker- same problem. But at least I could PA w/ the camera on depending on orientation. Unless your cam+200mm is pretty heavy, I'd suggest the iOptron will be easier to use. Others here are being successful w/ it w/ a 300mm. There's lots of successful users of both these mounts but I felt the SA is more $$ than its worth compared to the ST Pro.

Which ever you get, search this forum for adapting a cheap angle finder to a polar scope so you can PA w/o getting an aching neck.

 tradesmith45's gear list:tradesmith45's gear list
Fujifilm X-T2 Olympus E-M1 II Fujifilm X-T20 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R +8 more
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow