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Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack

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  • The perfect camera tracker for wide-field and landscape astrophotography.
  • Easy to use for all experience levels.
  • Ultra-compact equatorial tracking mount.
  • 1/4-20 or 3/8 inches mounting threads.
  • The upgraded Star Adventurer 2i now includes built-in WiFi!

Product Details

  • The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack is built around the Star Adventurer 2i mount. The Star Adventurer astrophotography mount is a high precision, portable, and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar, and lunar tracking. It is designed to work with your DSLR camera and includes pre-programmed parameters that will help you create beautiful images and videos. The Star Adventurer Multi-Function Mount also has an automatic DSLR shutter release control built-in.

    Sky-Watcher simplifies the astrophotography process by making the Star Adventurer 2i a complete equatorial mount package that tracks the night sky smoothly. Just align your system and activate the tracking, then you're good to go! Check out our guide on How to Use the Star Adventurer to learn how you can get started. 

    THE SKY-WATCHER STAR ADVENTURER 2i PRO PACK FEATURES

    The included Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Dec Bracket lets you attach a camera or small telescope, which can then be pointed to different Declination angles as you wish. The Dec bracket includes a motion control knob and a Dec axis locking knob. With the Dec Bracket installed, the Star Adventurer 2i becomes a functional equatorial mount, including Dec angle adjustments operating with manual control.

    The Counterweight Kit is an included accessory for the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack. The stainless steel counterweight shaft attaches to the Star Adventurer Dec Bracket very easily, and it is used to counter-balance a heavy payload.

    The Latitude Equatorial Base provides the ability to adjust the latitude and azimuth of the system for correct polar alignment. This Latitude Equatorial Base by Sky-Watcher adjusts from 0-degree latitude to 70-degree latitude. By turning the Horizontal Adjustment knob, you can make adjustments to the azimuth position. There is an included bubble level to assist in leveling the base.

    This Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack can be installed on most standard photo tripods, such as the Star Adventurer Tripod or Radian Carbon Fiber Tripod, that have a 3/8" connection. If you are going to align the Star Adventurer Astro Package to the celestial pole, be sure that your photo head can tilt back far enough so that you can see the celestial pole with the included Polar Scope at your particular latitude.

    New to Astrophotography? Check out our Astrophotography Gear for Beginners page to find out what other gear you'll need to get started, including cameras, lenses, telescopes, filters, and more. You can also check out this helpful video by our team below to learn how to use your Star Adventurer:


    Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack Specifications

    • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, 1/2 Sidereal, Solar, Lunar; Time-lapse Astrophotography: 12 hr, 4 hr, 2 hr rev.
    • It includes a built-in polar scope with illuminator.
    • Power Required: External mini USB power connection or 4 AA batteries.
    • Payload: 11 lb.
    • Built-in auto-guiding interface.
    • External Mini USB power support.
    • Low power consumption for convenient operation.
    • Compatible with 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch camera tripod threads.
    • Lifetime free firmware upgrade.
    • Requires updated app for Android 11 https://inter-static.skywatcher.com/downloads/star_adventurer_console_160_store.apk

  • specifications

    ComputerizedMotorized
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignEquatorial
    Head DesignStar Tracker
    Instrument Capacity11 lb
    Mount Head Weight3.6lb
    Telescope Connection1/4 20
  • included items

    • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Multi-Function Mount.
    • Polar scope with illuminator.
    • Latitude (EQ) base.
    • Counterweight kit.
    • Ball head adapter.
    • Declination bracket.

Product Reviews

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FK
10/08/2021
Francis K.
United States United States
Thoughts on Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro

Due to poor weather and smoky skies opportunities for sky watching have not existed since I purchased the tracker. However, I did assemble it to familiarize myself. I remember Trevor Jones of Astrobackyard saying that the battery cover was weak on the prior model. On my 2I Pro it is the same, almost useless, prone to falling off where it can easily get stepped on.

RM
08/23/2021
Rodney M.
United States United States
Excellent service

This is great stuff!

SD
08/11/2021
Scott D.
United States United States
Easier to use than I thought!

I used the Sky-Watcher Pro last week to take some pictures of the Milkyway in Rocky Mountain National Park. After reading the instructions and doing a dry run at home I thought I was prepare. I was able to do a polar alignment at dusk with NO PROBLEM. It really did only take about 5 minutes once I could see polaris. Very simple to get to the right spot on the reticle. What I wasn’t prepared for was if I needed to move my tripod in the dark. I mean really dark. There were so many stars out at that stage that I honestly couldn’t tell which one was polaris!! Not wanting to waste the evening, I figured, I would just point the thing north and hope for the best. I’m happy to report that for long exposures of the Milkyway, you DO NOT need perfect polar alignment. I was probably way off and I was still getting pin point stars with upt o a 120 second exposure. I’ll use this again for the Milkyway for sure.

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EM
08/04/2021
Elijah M.
United States United States
A great time

Loving this tracker so far Been trying out 1m to 2m subs and getting great results. I tried a single 10m sub and had a little bit of trailing but the 5m subs all looked fine. Running the 1-2m is just personal preference based on my camera so you could probably push to 5m or more with no issues.

NM
07/30/2021
Nick M.
United States United States
Poorly Executed Advanced Features

I am just getting started in this hobby, and I did a ton of research into the Star Adventurer before pulling the trigger on buying one. It seemed to have great reliability with some nice advanced features not typically found on a star tracker at this price. Unfortunately, those advanced features are executed through their app with is absolutely awful, with some mind boggling design choices. I have only been able to get this tracker out twice since purchase because of some exceptionally cloudy nights. The first night was imaging the North America Nebula. Which turned out about how I expected it would given it was my first astrophotography target. The tracker worked pretty great though. With a rough polar alignment, I was able to expose for 45 seconds at 150 mm with just the hint of star trails. I was quite impressed, and I greatly looked forward to my next attempt. Since we had several cloudy nights over the next few weeks, I decided to experiment with the app a bit to see what it could do. Aside from some incredibly frustrating communication errors when trying to use the built in hotspot, I was impressed by the features. I looked forward to trying out the built in intervalometer and the dithering functionality. I finally got to take it out for its second night last night on one of the most clear nights we have had in the past couple of months. Unfortunately, this night was nothing but frustration. I turned on the tracking to sidereal tracking and nailed the polar alignment as well as I ever would without an electronic scope. I framed up my target (the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae at 200 mm) using the new declination scale I attached to the declination bracket (seriously this scale should be a standard feature, and not require aftermarket mods). After achieving the perfect framing, I took my first test exposure at 30 seconds, and surprise there was a lot of star trailing. Ok, I thought, this must be because of the longer focal length. I reduced it to 15 seconds, still star trailing. Now 5 seconds, and still significant start trailing. At this point, I was basically shooting untracked exposure lengths. So I figured it must be my polar alignment. I spent the next hour making sure I had that perfected. I went to shoot again, and nope still the same star trailing. Eventually, I just exposed for 5 second exposures. Over 25 exposures, the nebula drifted out of frame. I did some calculations, and determined that the nebula was moving at the sidereal rate across my field of view, so the Star Adventurer was definitely not tracking. I spent hours in the field trying to figure out what was going on, but I had no luck. After a wasted night I came home feeling defeated, and questioning my enjoyment of this hobby. In the morning, I found this thread on cloudynights which describes my situation exactly https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/737623-sky-adventurer-pro-doesnt-seem-to-be-tracking/. Turns out, the tracker was functioning as intended by Sky Watcher (the first mind boggling design choice). It seems that as I was playing with the app at home, I saved a program that then overrode the base sidereal tracking, even though I wasn't using the app in the field (after 30 minutes of trying, I could not connect to the tracker). It seems this is what they intend to happen. This wouldn't necessarily be a problem; however, when this program is loaded, the tracker DOES NOT TRACK outside of that program. So for example, if I loaded seven 5-second exposures with an interval of 5 seconds, the tracker only tracks for 70 seconds. Once that is complete, the MOTOR TURNS OFF. Who would ever want the tracker to work that way? The whole idea of the tracker is to keep the target in frame. It shouldn't matter if I'm asking the camera to actively take pictures. Maybe I need to stop for a moment and refocus, or grab a drink, or let some wind pass, or any number of reasons to not be actively shooting. Well you have to reframe your target now because the tracker isn't tracking while doing those things. This decision to have the tracker perform this way is incredibly irritating which is further complicated by the fact that the settings override the default settings EVEN WHEN NOT USING THE APP. Those settings should only be used if the switch is set to APP. The other switches should provide default settings in the event that you CANNOT CONNECT TO THE APP in the field. Which is going to happen a lot. The best way to avoid these problems, is to reset the app to default settings, and never touch it. This does mean you won't have the built in intervalometer and you won't be able to use dithering, but you will at least be able to get reliable tracking. I hope this review is helpful for some in avoiding the frustration I experienced last night.

LD
06/15/2021
Lionel D.
Canada Canada
Great for beginners!

If you're starting out in this hobby, a tracker is a must, and really there are only 2 options. Yes, compared to other astro equipment it is relatively cheap, and if you have a DSLR, and a lense you're set. For me not so lucky, still need to afford a good ultra zoom lense for astro to capture thos DSA, or a telescope either way it's an expensive hobby. I would still recommend getting this stacker first, easy to set up, comes with everything you need(minus DSLR, tripod, lense or telescope, and an intervalometer this last one is also important) and if your still unsure there are a lot off YouTubers who are experts on how to get this working easily. clear sky's everyone!