Maybe this would be more appropriate in the "DSLR, Mirrorless & General-Purpose Digital Camera DSO Imaging" forum, dunno, but it's a mount, so...
I'm very interested in the SAM as a tracking mount for basic wide field DSLR astrophotography. For various reasons, I've narrowed down my search to it rather than its larger sibling and other camera trackers (MSM, iOptron, Polarie, Fornax, etc.). They're quality devices but the SAM appears to best fit price and other requirements. I have a Canon T8i with Sigma 17-70 and Canon 70-300 lenses. I'm interested in the shorter end of that focal range, easy portability and the use of my existing Bogen / Manfrotto tripod (rated for 13 lbs). Hence, SAM.
- Is WiFI / app required to use it? Or is it just for remote control, SNAP, etc.?
- There's apparently an issue with the app and Android 11, but an alternate APK is available direct from Sky-Watcher. Is this a real issue?
- Is there more than one 'historical' model of the SAM on the market? I've seen photos of a solid black unit with red graphics and of a black & white unit with white and green graphics. I'm not asking just out of cosmetic curiosity: Sky-Watcher has been using white and green on newer products, so I'm wondering if those are (relatively) older / newer updated models.
I have no plans to get heavily into astro-imaging (famous last words, I know) so I'm not as concerned about an unobstructed path forward, as it were.
Thanks for any info!