ZWO 30 mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
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ZWO 30 mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
Once attached to your ASI astro-imaging camera and a computerized mount controller, you will be able to guide your telescope to a desired area of the sky and lock it onto a specific star to hold your images stable.
The optical lens is made of two simple lenses paired together to bring your images to focus and reduce chromatic aberrations.
The aperture of this mini-guide scope is only 30 mm (1.18-inches), the focal length is 120 mm, making this a fast focal ratio of f/4. The tube can travel 20 mm, and the back focus is also adjustable from 0 to 20 mm. The overall tube length is 122.5 mm, with the final 3.5 mm being the length from where the camera connection threads begin. The inside diameter of the tube is 30.5 mm. The outside diameter is 44 mm. Your camera connection will be M42*0.75.
Total weight including the guider ring and dovetail: 250 g (0.55 pounds).
|Aperture||30 mm (1.18")|
|Back Focus||0 to 20mm|
|Dawes Limit||3.87 arcseconds|
|Focal Length||120 mm|
|Light Gathering Power||18x|
|Optical Design OLD STYLE||Doublet|
|Weight||0.55 lb (250 g)|
- 30 mm mini guide scope.
- Dovetail with mounting ring (one-fourth-inch screw hole).
Cheap piece of equipment, with only one adjustable screw to lock it in the hot shoe of any camera is a laugh, too much play. The mount should be of Arca Swiss Fitting so it will fit in the newer style plates and not to have to piggy back an L plate and an additional quick release plate by Neewer Casey D
Admittedly, this is my first guide scope, but I’ve never had any difficulty focusing a cheap finder scope. This one drives me nuts. Hard to find focus in the first place—if you’re using an ASI290 mini you’ll need to screw on the extension tube—and then tightening the keeper ring knocks it out of focus again. Hard to get an HFM below 4. Yeah, it’s light but. . . . There’s no way to adjust the aim of it, either. Some people say it’s not important to align a guidescope with the main but I want it in the ballpark. I jammed a washer into the bracket to jimmy it into place. It fogs up like any other lens, so you’ll need a heater on it. With the 290 in place it’s doing an OK job with my 101mm refractor, though I don’t know how much better my guiding would be with a different scope; this is my first. Now that I have it I’ll keep it, but for my next scope I’ll look for something different.
I got this to fit in the shoe on the original model WO White Cat. It works very well and is a nice set up.
This shipment was fine but my next purchase I am still waiting for items that were on back order, it has been three weeks.
I’ve only just mounted this guiding system on my William Optics Z61 telescope & could not be happier with the quality of manufacture, & the way that it integrates with my small, portable telescope that I use for astrophotography. I hope by the end of the week to get it working, as I’ve been unable to set it up in the daylight & suspect that it will only be possible to do this when it is dark & outside my house.
Excellent Very light Great for autoguiding I use it for Sharpcap polar alignment, which is a great quick way to get polar alignment in under 10 min.