Nov 16

Illuminator Adapter

I got a new 3D printed polar scope illuminator adapter for my Star Adventurer (Thank you, Stefan!!!).

It should be delivered with the Star Adventurer… IMO it’s absolutely neccessary to be able checking polar alignment with all equipment mounted, or simply to check polaris position during a session.



And this is the new, 3D printed adapter (with illuminator):

This was my old self-made adapter.

7 comments

  1. David

    Hi! Thanks for showing us this wonderful solution for the illumator problem with the Star Adventurer. Is it possible to also get this adapter? Where can I buy it in Switzerland?

  2. Sascha

    Ich wäre auch an so einem Adapter interessiert, sofern es noch eine weitere Serie gibt. Gruss Sascha

  3. Russell

    Hi!
    Are you doing your polar alignment manually? Or do you use some kind of routine/aid -drift alignment or qhy polemaster? I’m shooting at~ 350mm focal length with a portable mount -ioptron skyguider pro and so far haven’t had any problems but I’ve only been shooting 75sec subs because I am unguided…soon i would like to guide to get longer subexposures (perhaps using the mgen autoguider as you do) but I am concerned that the accuracy of my polar alignment may not be sufficient at longer subexposures. Any thoughts?
    Thanks for sharing your experience in astrophotography!
    Russell

    • star-watcher

      Hi. I do the polar alignment always manually. If I shoot at 400mm I do it as carefully as possible and the result were good enough in my opinion. I was able to go up to 180seconds at 400mm with acceptable results 🙂
      I would try it doing manually, and if you’re not satisfied, then you can align with helping tools. But thats much more time consuming than only manually alignment…
      Clear Skies
      Karol

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