Hi everyone. I just finished testing the Star Adventurer Mini this weekend and wrote a review up for it over on Fstoppers.com Please check out the full in depth review if you're interested in a light weight star tracker.
Here is my basic thoughts and experience with it.
What I Liked
Small form factor and weight
Easy set up with few components
Controlled entirely through App
Relatively novice friendly (good results first night out)
Variety of program modes (less gear more functions for travel)
What I Didn't Like
The Latitude Base does not rotate on its own
The GUI could always be prettier (this is the Geek in me nitpicking)
Gun Sight could be better
Illuminator could be brighter
You have to remove the Polar Scope to mount the camera
If you're a novice this is a lightweight easy and quick to set up entry into astrophotgoraphy. If you're experienced and looking for a more mobile kit for traveling or fun weekends with the family then this has tons of great features to make it the go to setup. The images I shot my first night out with the SAM were much better then any I had taken before. While testing my only goal was to get to an area that was as dark as possible and far enough from any city to not get a lot of light pollution. So I really didn't put much thought into compositions or getting creative. After a few nights of use, my mind is full of great ideas of what I could do with the SAM. Wider shots with the Milky Way arching or tighter shots of some of the closer Galaxies would be really interesting to try. Next however I'm going to try out the Lunar and Solar tracking modes in preparation for the Solar Eclipse in August.