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Orion Adventures in Astrophotography Bundle

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  • Everything you need to take very wide-field astrophotos of the night sky with your own camera (camera not included)
  • A great way to get started in the rewarding hobby of astrophotography without breaking the bank
  • Capture stunning ethereal photos of our own galaxy - the cloudy Milky Way - by mounting your own camera onto the included EQ-1 equatorial mount equipped with a motor drive and 1/4"-20 threaded post
  • Take interesting star-trail photos and impress your friends and family
  • An amazing value - this affordable beginner astrophotography package lets you save big compared to purchasing each included item separately

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  • Brand Name: Orion

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  • ASIN: B003ZDBY36
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,472 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

Product Description

Perhaps you're interested in a hobby of astrophotography, but you are overwhelmed by all the different equipment options. Well you're in luck! Orion has exactly what you're looking for in our Adventures in Astrophotography Bundle. You don't need a lot of fancy gear to start taking shots of the night sky. With just a few key pieces of astronomy equipment, you can capture beautiful wide-field images of starry skies. The Orion Adventures in Astrophotography Bundle lets you take surprisingly detailed pictures of star fields, the Milky Way, or star-trails with a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera (camera not included). All you have to do is attach your camera to the Orion EQ-1 Equatorial mount and tripod with the included 1/4"-20 threaded adapter, align the EQ mount with Polaris (the North star) and start shooting! If you leave the camera shutter open for an extended exposure, you'll be rewarded with stunning star-trail images. If you'd rather capture wide-field shots of starry skies and the Milky Way, you can add electronic tracking to the equation with the included EQ-1M electronic motor drive. The motor drive will slowly rotate your attached camera at the same rate the Earth rotates, so the stars in your image will be points of light instead of curvilinear star-trails.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Thomas Tsikas on March 10, 2012
I have used this kind of mount for about 5 years now. It was very wobbly when carrying a 4.5-inch f/8 Newtonian but it allowed me to take videos of the moon and planets with a webcam and then combine the individual video frames to compose quite sharp images.

In the last couple of months I have been investigating its capability as a widefield astrophotography platform, carrying a DSLR camera and a 135mm or 200mm lens. I was pleasantly surprised, astonished even.

The first thing one needs to get right is polar alignment, that is, make sure that the Right Ascension axis points to the correct bit of sky, wherever it is you are. I developed a method, originally due to David Rowe, that can reliably produce polar alignment errors of less than 5 arcminutes, see [...] for details. That is about 1/6 of the apparent size of the full moon. This process can take about 20-30 minutes and requires a laptop to analyse the camera images.

The second thing that needed addressing is the mount's unsteady rate of rotation when the motor is engaged. There's no escaping the fact that this is a bottom-end mount, mechanically and electronically. I measured its error at around 180 arcseconds over a long exposure of 10 minutes. The standard way to rectify this is to "autoguide" the mount, that is, attach a second imaging system on the mount and take images of a star field every second or so and then use these images to adjust the rate of rotation. The most economical way of providing this facility is to use a 9x50 finderscope mated to a webcam such as the Philips SPC900NC.
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K5GDN on January 26, 2012
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First off, if you just want to photograph star trails, just buy a $35 tripod at WalMart. You don't need this mount for star trails as Orion implies.

The big problem with this "bundle" is that it comes with no instructions regarding its use for astrophotography.

You get three basic items. The equatorial mount, the motor drive, and the camera mount adapter.

The equatorial mount came with some assembly instructions and some minimal use instructions. It gave a polar alignment procedure, but says "More precise alignment is required for astrophotography". It says to look for better methods of alignment in amateur astronomy reference books and astronomy magazines. ???? Not a good sign.

The camera mount came with NO instructions at all. It's all up to you to figure out how to mount it and how to orient your camera. It's not horribly difficult, but c'mon...how hard it it to include a simple picture showing where to mount it and the proper orientation for the camera?

The motor mount came with instructions. They were adequate.

So that's all you get. There's nothing at all to help you get started on your "adventure". There should have been at least some basic instructions with suggested targets and camera settings. There are a few decent books on basic astrophotography with cameras...why not include one of those in the bundle?

I'm not exactly a beginner in astonomy, so I plunged forward.

I couldn't get the mount aligned decently. Tried several methods on the internet, like the drift method, but none seemed to be working for me.

Contacted technical support. They were very unresponsive. After a week, I got a response that said, "just aim the Polar axis at Polaris and take some photos".
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Boston on May 10, 2011
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(this first paragraph is my edit)After being dissapointed with what I thought was a bad call to customer support, I have my foot in my mouth. They have already sent the new, appropriate size adapter for us. I'm looking forward to a clear night, and hopefully will have more positive to say soon. Thanks for quick response Orion.

I rated this product a 2 even though EVENTUALLY I still hope to have some success with it. This is an astrophotograpy item(s). Nowhere in the manual will you see any reference to this. The word camera, or photo is not to be found. It gives instructions on how to mount a telescope. That's like a slap in the face. Our (my dad and I) ran into problem number one when attaching the "improved" accessory tray. This tray mounts to the legs of the tripod. What they fail to mention is there is no possible way to fold the tripod up with that tray attached. Customer service confirmed that with us on the phone. Have you mounted a camera to a "shoe" that fits a tripod? (the piece that screws into the bottom of the camera) If so, you realize that screw coming up from underneath the shoe must be proper length to firmly attach the camera. Well, I have 3 cameras. A nice DSLR, Powershot S3IS, and a small point and shoot. They all (as well as any other camera) have the same depth of hole to screw into your camera. Well, this screw is nearly 1/2" too long. This means the camera accepts for first 3 threads or so, and then just dangles, and wobbles. Well, what it does, is makes this 100% non functional. Yes, it can, and will have to be jury rigged somehow. I'm hoping to find a couple of washers to take up some of the extra length. I'm not furious, even though I think I have every right to be. I'm really upset.
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