iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package
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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package
The iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package is iOptron's answer to the massively popular realm of DSLR astrophotography while still being perfectly equipped to handle smaller telescopes as well. Since its release, this camera tracker has been a favorite among astronomy and astrophotography communities due to its extremely compact size, ease of use, and surprisingly affordable price. All that you need to get started in wide-field astrophotography is a camera, a tripod, and the iOptron SkyGuider Pro.
Redesigned from the original blueprint, the current model of iOptron's SkyGuider Pro is made to fit in the palm of your hand while having better tracking, more precision in alignment, and operate with near silence. This device also has a built-in power source that is rechargeable, a standard ST-4 guiding port, and a camera trigger port to streamline the whole process. Never before has getting into astrophotography been easier than it is now, thanks to iOptron. Just set it up, check your bubble level, align with the smartphone app, and you’re good to go!
Featuring a respectable four tracking rates, the SkyGuider is well-suited to most imaging sessions we could ever want. Each rate also functions in both northern and southern hemispheres with no problems at all, and, to make this even better, a quick slew mode is available for both forward and reverse directions to re-frame without disrupting the camera position.
An Adaptable System
Would you prefer to use a manufacturer's hand controller instead of your phone to control this? That is available. Can you attach your own camera mount head to the SkyGuider Pro? Yes. One of the main qualities of iOptron is their attention to how varied customers’ needs can be. This camera tracker mount is well-adapted to work with nearly every camera setup that an astrophotographer would bring out into the field.
Main Features of the iOptron SkyGuider Pro
- Entirely metal design for sturdiness and reliability.
- Usable in both northern and southern hemispheres.
- Rechargeable battery allows for up to 20 hours of use.
- Maximum payload of 11-pounds.
- Built-in polar scope.
|Head Design||German Equatorial|
|Instrument Capacity||11 lbs|
- iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount.
- AccuAlign Polar Scope.
- Micro USB Charging Cable.
- Padded Carrying Case.
- DEC Mounting Bracket with Camera Mounting Disk.
- 3-pound Counterweight.
- Counterweight Shaft.
- 1 Year Manufacturer Warrant (90 Day on Battery).
Great, im so happy with this product now that I can take really long exposues
Have had the Ioptron Skyguider Pro full package for a couple of years. It does a great job of tracking during photos. The internal battery still takes a charge and lasts a long time.....the battery is replaceable evidently from factory but you can also run from external power supply. You do have to play with the various attachments to balance for each camera/lens combo so plan on doing this during the day to figure it out. The polar alignment scope and ap get an excellent polar alignment quickly. I was impressed that instead of all gear mechanism, they used a cogged belt which is a good way to smooth out bumps when tracking. I haven't tried to do autoguiding via the included guider port even though I have a couple of autoguide cameras and scopes that would work perfectly with this....but I find the tracking is so good you don't need an autoguider. Have used from 20mm 300mm Nikon lens with good results although of course with higher focal lengths the maximum exposure time is more limited. I normally use 152mm and 80mm APO refractors on AP mounts and full frame SBIG cameras for deep sky imaging....but the Skyguider Pro opens up a whole range of wide field imaging. Oh yeah....the only thing additional you will need other than a camera and lens is a STURDY tripod and a really good ball mount . Last thought....make sure you have the right package when you order....there is one version that doesn't have the counterweight and a few other parts that are included in the complete package. It appears that both models are shown here with all accessories of the fancier version. I would confirm with vendor the exact package and what it includes.
The iOptron sky guider performed flawlessly. I checked the web on the best way to set it up and off I was photographing the sky. My camera is Nikon D3 with a 600 mm lens. Recommended!
The skyguider pro is ok, but there are some design challenges with it. The screws in the Dec bracket hit the locking screws, forcing you to do some reconfiguring in the dark when changing Dec. Also, when using a small telescope it is impossible to balance. You can make it work, but it can be frustrating
It works as advertised. I got 5 minute exposure with no star trails using a canon 450d and a rokinon 14mm f2.8 lense
The SGP is the acknowledged best of the camera guiders, and having used it for a couple of weeks, I agree. I considered less expensive options, but am glad that I went with SGP. It’s sturdily constructed but light weight. Does Sidereal tracking, Lunar, Solar and 1/2 Sidereal (for nightscapes with scenery. It’s been 100% accurate. It’s easy to set up, to polar align (has a built in polar scope, but, taking the advice of users on Cloudy Nights, just getting close to polar alignment is fine. Can’t think of anything I don’t like, and OPT was absolutely (as always) the best at getting it to me well packaged and quickly and no charge for shipping. All good!!!