The Sky-Watcher AllView Mount lets you shoot for the stars or create astronomical panoramas with its computerised mount. Is this the perfect camera mount for night photography? Find out in our Sky-Watcher AllView Mount review.
Space, the final frontier… of photography. Apart from photographing the moon, it’s hard enough track down celestial objects of choice, let alone photograph them.
At least now you don’t have to visually trek for stars: this motorised platform directs itself to any one of over 42,990 pre-programmed points of celestial interest. The system just requires you to enter some location, time and alignment parameters before it sets off on a planetary pursuit.
Of course, this is only a self-guided platform. You’ll still require a telescope, as well as a T-adapter to connect it to your camera.
But with a little patience, you can be snapping shots that are out of this world.
If you’d rather keep things more down to earth, this versatile mount can also be used for automatically capturing multi-image panoramas. It’ll take some time to set this up, but the results are worth it.
Huge multi-shot panoramas with total pixel counts heading toward the gigapixel mark (1,000 megapixels) are possible, albeit with the aid of additional stitching software and a powerful computer.
Even factoring the cost of extra software, the Sky-Watcher set-up costs significantly less than an equivalent GigaPan Epic Pro panorama mount.
That said, its rugged tripod legs do make it considerably heavier, tipping the scales at a hefty 9.5kg.
Combine it with Sky-Watcher’s optional Power Tank rechargeable battery pack and the bulk is only increased, but the mount can also be powered by 10 AA cells.
Buy it: www.opticalvision.co.uk
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