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Orion StarShoot AutoGuider

SKU : OR-52064

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  • The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider has revolutionized autoguiding and the capture of deep-sky images by mechanizing the tedious and tiring method of manually guiding an exposure, which involved staring endlessly into an illuminated reticle eyepiece while tweaking your mount's electronic drive controls by hand to keep the stars pinpoint sharp. Until now, the problem has always been the lack of a simple, affordable autoguider camera to do the job.

    Problem solved. The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider provides a user-friendly, dedicated autoguiding system for long-exposure astrophotography. It's compatible with virtually any mount equipped with an autoguider port and comes with the software and cables needed to work right out of the box!

    The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider sensor is a high-resolution, half-inch format 1.3-megapixel CMOS monochrome chip, with 5.2 micron x 5.2 microns pixels for highly accurate guiding. That high accuracy is due to the small pixel size, and means you can use the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider with a smaller and less-expensive guide scope than is possible with other guide cameras (such as the now-discontinued ST-4). The chip resides in a super-compact, anodized-aluminum housing that measures just 2.5-inches wide by 2.35-inches long and weighs a mere 4.4-ounces. The housing of the StarShoot AutoGuider has a 1.25-inch nosepiece that can be removed to access a T-thread interface. And the AutoGuider's short inward focus requirement of only 15 mm from a typical 1.25-inch Plossl eyepiece makes it compatible with virtually any telescope.

    The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider and its incredible ease-of-use will appeal to beginning and experienced astrophotographers alike. The included software requires no previous knowledge of autoguiding. This software offers automatic calibration and guiding with literally a single mouse click. The camera is powered via your computer's high-speed USB 2.0 connection with the included 10-foot USB cable; no other power source is needed. A 6-foot RJ-12 cable is also included to connect the AutoGuider to the mount without the need for an additional RS-232 adapter.

    Requires PC running Windows 2000, XP ,or Vista 32-bit. Will not run on 64-bit.

    Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Features...


    • An easy-to-use and affordable autoguider for accurate long-exposure astrophotography
    • Orion StarShoot AutoGuider keeps track of a selected guide star and communicates constantly with connected equatorial telescope mount to correct any tracking errors throughout long exposure astrophotography sessions
    • Uses a 1/2" format 1.3MP CMOS chip, with tiny 5.2 x 5.2 micron pixels for highly accurate autoguiding so your astrophotos feature pinpoint star images Included software offers automatic calibration and autoguiding with a single mouse click
    • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Operating Systems
    OPT Product Number: OR-52064



  • specifications

    Accessory TypeAuto Guider
    ADC8 bit
    Color or MonoMonochrome
    Max Frame Rate15fps
    Mega Pixels1.3 MP
    MP2 to 4 MP
    Pixel Array1280 x 1024
    Pixel Size5.2 microns
    PS4 to 6 Microns
    Read Noise12e
    Sensor Diagonal8.5mm
    Sensor TypeCMOS
    SensorMicron MT9M001
    WarrantyOrion Limited Warranty

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3.9 Based on 11 Reviews
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    Bob N.
    United States United States
    Couldn't get to work on Windows 10

    Brand new installation of Windows 10 and could not get the system to recognize the camera. Support didn't help so returned it and looking at ZWO.

    United States United States
    Orion StarShoot AutoGuider

    Excellent product. Simple to use and guides beautifully. Rick Kazmierski

    Rey H.
    United States
    Very good dealer

    They seem to have an accurate stock info unlike other dealer which says in stock but sent you an email that it is back ordered.

    Mediocre image and 2 have failed in 4 years

    I use the StarShoot as my guide camera along with the Orion 90mm scope in the Awesome Autoguide package. I've always been disappointed with the image quality even after performing a simple calibration. It seems to have Lots of hot pixels. I've had 2 units fail within 4 years. I think the cameras can't take the Texas heat. I would not recommend this to a friend.

    Perfect !

    This a perfect guiding camera: easy to use (I use it with MaximDL), solid, never any problem to find a star, calibrate any kind of mount, and guide for long exposures (up to 20 minutes). Why ask for more ?


    It worked wonders with PHD2,but the drivers needed some tinkering to operate over USB 3.0. Its not impossible, if anyone has experience with installing drivers on XP and olders windows versions the manual way then it would be rather straight forward. I would feel it unfair to rate the product less because of this minor issue, which can be solved via a simple google search. Thanks