iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount with iPolar

Brand: iOptron

SKU : IO-3550A

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  • Portable camera tracker for long-exposure Milky Way photography.
  • Built-in iPolar electronic polarscope for precise polar alignment.
  • Accurate tracking to eliminate star trails.
  • Maximum payload of 11-pounds.
  • Image note: DSLR Camera, Lens, Tripod, Ball-head, and Telescope for use example only. (They are not Included, but may be purchased additionally.)
  • iOptron has updated the color of this mount to black. 

Product Details


    This is a top-notch camera-tracker and camera-mount that boasts high portability and high effectiveness, perfect for the amateur astronomer getting started or those already in the hobby!

    With an 11-pound weight capacity, the SkyGuider Pro from iOptron is small enough to fit in your hand, precise enough to track any target reliably, virtually silent, and totally rechargeable. It has both an ST-4 guiding port and a camera trigger port and includes an inbuilt high precision polar scope with a finely engraved reticle and adjustable illumination. With the assistance of iOptron's iOS app, polar alignment becomes a quick, easy, efficient process using the included iPolar.

    The DEC mounting bracket of this camera mount makes it possible to balance a heavy camera with a hefty lens even better than prior models, and even grants this camera mount the potential to mount a light telescope.

    Tracking and Mounting Features

    The SkyGuider Pro from iOptron features four tracking rates, 1x/ Sidereal, 1/2x for sky and landscape combined, solar, and lunar. These four tracking rates work anywhere in the world, in either hemisphere. The SkyGuider Pro also features a quick slew mode with both forward and reverse movement to help you quickly adjust or de-frame your image without disrupting the camera's position. It makes use of a high quality removable alt-azimuth base that features a precision bubble level, degree markings for the altitude, and a built-in post for the azimuth control. The SkyGuider Pro can be mounted directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4 Inch or 3/8 Inch threads.

    Built-in iPolar for Polar Alignment

    This mount has an integrated electronic polar finder scope known as the iPolar. This tool ensures accurate alignment even when the pole star is obscured. There are large levers on the quick-lock drive engagement system which make it easy to snap the gears into place.

    Optional Hand Controller

    There is an optional 8404 hand controller that you can use to check the Pole Star position for polar alignment, slew the mount, adjust the guiding rate, change the mount settings, and even control the camera trigger, should you choose to invest in the compatible hand controller separately.

    OPT Product Number: IO-3550A

    Highlighted Design Features

    • All metal mechanical structure.
    • Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads.
    • Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures.
    • Detachable Alt-Az base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment.
    • 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.
  • specifications

    DEC Worm Wheel74mm Diameter 144 Teeth
    Drive TypeDC Servo
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignAltitude Azimuth
    Head DesignStar Tracker
    Instrument Capacity6.6 lb
    Latitude RangeMinus 30 to 65 Degrees
    Mount Head Weight2.5lb
    RA Worm Wheel74mm Diameter 144 Teeth
    Slew Speed180
    Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
    Tracking Rates1
  • included items

    • SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount with iPolar installed.
    • Alt-Az base (installed).
    • Built-in iPolar (installed).
    • Micro USB charging cable.
    • Built in battery
    • Padded carry bag.
    • DEC mounting bracket w/ camera mounting disk.
    • 1.35 kg counterweight.
    • CW shaft.
    • One Year Limited Warranty (90-day on battery).
    • DSLR Camera, Lens, Tripod, Ball-head, and Telescope Not Included.

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