iOptron

SkyGuider Pro full package


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SkyGuider Pro -- iOptron’s next generation camera tracking device! Leading the camera tracker market for nearly four years, iOptron's SkyGuider Pro pushes closer to perfection.

The redesigned SkyGuiderTM Pro mount head is more compact, small enough to fit on your palm, better precision, silent tracking, built-in rechargeable power source, ST-4 guiding port and camera trigger port. The improved precision polar scope maintains a fine engraved reticule, now features adjustable illumination with different brightness levels. Using with our iOS app, quick and accurate polar alignment is just a joy. The DEC mounting bracket allows you to balance a heavy camera and/or lens better, or even mount a light telescope. The optional 8408 hand controller allows you to check the Pole Star position for the polar alignment, slew the mount, adjust the guiding rate, change the mount settings and control the camera trigger.

The SkyGuiderTM Pro features four tracking rates, 1X or sidereal, 1/2X for sky and landscape combined, solar and lunar. All 4 tracking rates work in both northern and southern hemispheres. We have also added a quick slew mode with both forward and reverse to help quickly reframing your image without disrupting the cameras position.

We have made big improvements on the SkyGuiderTM Pro’s removable alt-azimuth base, which features a precision bubble level, degree markings for the altitude and a built in post for the azimuth control. You can also mount the SkyGuiderTM Pro head (without the base) directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4” or 3/8” threads.

The DEC mounting bracket package, which includes DEC mounting bracket, counterweight shaft, counterweight and Vixen-type dovetail saddle, makes the SkyGuideTM Pro mount suitable for a heavier camera/lens system, even a lightweight telescope.

The SkyGuiderTM Pro is certainly a must have tool for any photographer interested in astroscape or wide field astrophotography.
  • All metal mechanical structure
  • Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
  • Payload 11 lbs (5kg) (balanced, with DEC mounting bracket, exclude CW)
  • Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures
  • Detachable alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment
  • Includes iOptron AccuAlignTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
  • Adjustable polar scope illumination
  • 4 tracking speed (1X, 1/2X, solar and lunar). 1X celestial tracking for imaging the sky and stars; 1/2X tracking speed for imaging both the starry night and the landscapes at the same time
  • Operation in both northern and southern hemisphere
  • Quick slew (144X) for camera framing adjustment
  • Built-in rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of operation (20°C)
  • Built-in ST-4 autoguiding port
  • HBX port for external hand controller
  • Micro USB port for power, charging and firmware upgrade
  • Built-in shutter triggering port
  • Padded carry bag included
  • DEC mounting bracket
  • Counterweight and CW shaft
  • Vixen dovetail saddle for scope mounting
  • Optional ball heads available separately (#3305A)
  • Optional tripod (#3221)
  • Optional Go2Nova® 8408 hand controller (#8408)
  • Optional DSLR camera shutter trigger cable
Mount Compact single axis tracking EQ
Payload (Max.) 11 lbs (5kg), balanced
Mount weight 2.2 lbs (1kg) with battery
Mount weight with base 3.2 lbs (1.45kg) with battery
Body material All metal
RA shaft Φ35mm, steel
Worm wheel Φ88mm, 144 teeth aluminum alloy
R.A. worm Φ15.2mm, brass
Bearing 4 pieces
Motor drive DC servo motor with optical encoder
Tracking R.A. automatic
Tracking speed Solar, Lunar, Cel, 1/2 Cel, and N/S
Fast slew speed 144X, forward and reverse
Guiding port ST-4 compatible
Polar scope AccuAlign TM dark field illuminated (~6º FOV)
Camera trigger Yes
Hand controller Yes (with optional 8408 HC)
Power Requirement Internal rechargeable battery
Battery type Li-Poly, 3.7V, 2000mAh
Duration of operation Up to 20 hours at 20ºC
Power charge port Micro USB (5V), 80% charge in 5 hours
Camera mounting block Φ62mm, 3/8" post thread
Body base connection Vixen dovetail, 3/8” socket (1/4” converter)
Alt-Azi adjustable base Vixen style saddle, 3/8” socket
Alt-Azi adjustable base diameter Φ80 mm
Latitude adjustment range -30º ~ 65º (with alt-azi base)
Azimuth adjustment range ±5º
Level indicator Level bubble
Body dimension 133x115x95 mm (w/o alt-azi base)
Counterweight shaft Φ20x200 mm w/ 3/8”-16 threads
Counterweight 1.35kg
Firmware upgrade Yes (via USB port)
Operation Temperature -10ºC ~40ºC
Warranty One year limited (90 day on battery)

iOptron's iPolar Electronic Polar Scope

With the iPolar e-Polarscope from iOptron, accurate polar alignment has never been so simple! All you have to do is place the plus symbol over the graphical representation of the celestial pole's location. When these two symbols are aligned they represent a precise polar alignment, allowing you to get the best performance possible from your ZEQ25 or CEM25 equatorial mount.

The iOptron iPolar™ utilizes an electronic camera that is aligned with both the axes of your mount. The downloadable Windows software processes the camera's images to calculate the true location of the celestial pole (north or south) and then guides you through any adjustments needed to align your mount precisely to the pole. Gone are the days of crouching behind a "through the mount" polar scope! Instead, the iPolar™ facilitates making altitude and azimuth adjustments by just glancing at your PC's monitor. This system needs as few as four stars to locate the pole, and can do so even when the pole location itself is blocked by clouds, tree branches or other obstructions.

 iPolar e-PolarScope Features

  • The iPolar is fast and easy to use
  • 30 arcsec precision
  • With iPolar, there is no need to see the Pole Star or rotate the mount during alignment
  • Unique imaging enhancement technique
  • Smart plate solving
  • On screen instruction during alignment

iPolar Specifications

  • Field of View (FOV): ~ 13-degrees
  • Included Adapter: ZEQ25/CEM25
  • Resolution: 30 arcsec approx.
  • Alignment Precision: 30 arcsec
  • Interface: Mini USB2.0
  • Software: iPolar Software, downloadable from Files tab or iOptron website
  • Operation System: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, 32bit or 64bit
PACKAGE CONTENTS
  • SkyGuiderTM Pro camera mount
  • Alt-azi base (installed)
  • Polar Scope:
    • Optical Polar Scope version: AccuAlignTM dark field illuminated polar scope
    • iPolar version: iOptron Electronic Polar Scope (iPolar)
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Padded carry bag
  • DEC mounting bracket w/ camera mounting disk
  • 1.35kg counterweight
  • CW shaft
  • One Year Limited Warranty (90 day on battery)
    SKU: 3550
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