- Ideal for wide-field photography, or lightweight celestial viewing.
- Free SAM console app for total control of the Star Adventurer Mini
- Customizable speeds, including sidereal, solar and lunar
- All metal gearing
- 6.6 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 1.5lbs body
- LED lit polar alignment sight for fast general alignments
- ¼-20 adapter
- 3/8 thread panoramic plate
Note: App mode settings are saved for all modes once they're set - to get unlimited tracking afterwards (so that the mount doesn't stop tracking after the previous number of photos specified), make sure you program the app with sidereal rate and the No. of Photos box unchecked before you exit APP mode (and hit run briefly, then stop), which will allow STAR mode to rotate continuously.
Shoot the Milky Way like a Pro!
Meet SAM - the Star Adventurer Mini. A user-friendly and multi-function mount to satisfy all your needs for night-scape and eclipse photography, astrophotography and time-lapse photography.
SAM is a high precision, portable and stable tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with 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 the photographer on the move.
Whether you're looking for a tracking platform to capture wide-field images of the Milky Way, or seeking a compact travel mount, SAM is a necessity for astrophotographers of every skill level. 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, night-scape images or time-lapse photography.
A Mobile Platform
With the free SAM console app (for iOS and Android) you can customize your tracking speeds, photographers can choose between sidereal, solar and lunar, or other custom presets, useful for time-lapse videos. Even for users with no polar alignment experience, the Star Adventurer Mini is easy to setup using the included illuminated polar finderscope. Once aligned, users can attach their camera and activate sidereal tracking to start photographing the Milky way.
Easy Integration with Any Tripod
The declination assembly uses a specialized Vixen-style saddle plate for attaching cameras, tripod heads, or optical tubes. Attaching a ball head to this Vixen style plate provides most users with enough flexibility to slew around the sky freely while maintaining tracking. The Star Adventurer tracking platform can attach to a tripod using a 3.8"-16 thread and includes an adapter for ¼"-20 thread sizes.
Automatic Shutter Release Control
No need for an intervelometer timer with the Star Adventurer! With a completely programmable shutter exposure settings, the Star Adventurer Mini can trigger a DSLR using the auxiliary shutter release cable. Once the camera is plugged into the mount and a shot is fired, it will continually shoot for the programmed exposures until the cable is removed.
With a payload capacity of 3 kg (6.6 lbs), the Star Adventurer Mini is exceptional for night-scape photographers, traveling astronomers and anyone in need of a small tracking mount.
Customize your Setup
In addition to the Star Adventurer Mini mount, several add-on accessories are available. 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 axis also feature clutches, allowing users to aim the Star Adventurer without losing polar alignment. For users photographing night-scapes, the optional ball-head adapter provides more freedom to frame image, while delivering consistent tracking.
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