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Is the Star Adventurer worth buying now?

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#1 Boven

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 12:02 AM

I'm trying to save money for a bigger mount, but for this summer (full of dark-sky trips) should I get a SA? I have a 14mm 2.8 and 24-70mm 4.0. I remember when SA went for 300-350 euro but now most online shops that I browse either don't have it or charge 400-480 euro. Should I just wait for the autumn/winter and see if the prices drop? The only place I found it was on ebay. I also searched in used sites but nothing...



#2 Hesiod

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 11:50 AM

At 400€ I would pass.

If can not find anything second hand I suggest to check Skypoint for a Polarie unit

At such focals do not need the polarscope (which would be quite expensive, but way better than the skywatcher unit) and could use the built-in compass/bubble level; optionally can add the "improved" version for roughly 50€, which is very handy.

As for the wedge, beside Vixen one (tiny but not especially strong) could use a 2d, 3d or even ballhead: in the last case the improved compass/level is very nice to have but absolutely not mandatory given your focals.

 

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