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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Mount Head

Introducing The 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.

As our photo shows, for those who already have a decent tripod and a ball head, and intend to use just a camera with lenses (or any lightweight gear), the SkyGuider™ Pro mount head alone could be sufficient to the task. Lightest weight, compact, and cost effective.

The redesigned SkyGuider™ Pro mount head is more compact; small enough to fit on your palm. It delivers 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 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 SkyGuider™ 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.

The SkyGuider™ Pro is certainly a must have tool for any photographer interested in astroscape or wide field astrophotography.

Features

  • All metal mechanical structure
  • Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
  • Payload 11 lbs (5kg)
  • 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
  • Includes iOptron AccuAlign™ 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
  • Optional alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment (#3327)
  • Optional DEC mounting bracket with counterweight
  • Optional ball heads available separately (#3305A)
  • Optional tripod (#3221)
  • Optional Go2Nova® 8408 hand controller (#8408)
  • Optional DSLR camera shutter trigger cable

Package Contents

  • SkyGuider™ Pro camera mount
  • AccuAlign™ dark field illuminated polar scope (installed)
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Padded carry bag

Not included: Camera, lens, telescope, ballhead and tripod.

Specifications

  • Mount: Compact single axis tracking EQ
  • Payload (Max.): 5kg (11 lbs), balanced
  • Mount weight: 1kg (2.2 lbs) with battery
  • Body material: All metal
  • RA shaft: 35mm diameter, steel
  • Worm wheel: 88mm diameter, 144 teeth aluminum alloy
  • R.A. worm: 15.2mm diameter, 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™ 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: 62mm diameter, 3/8" post thread
  • Body base connection: Vixen dovetail, 3/8” socket (1/4” converter)
  • Alt-Azi adjustable base: Optional
  • Declination assembly: Optional
  • Body dimension: 133mm X 115mm X 95mm (w/o alt-azi base)
  • Firmware upgrade: Yes (via USB port)
  • Operating Temperature: -10°C ~40°C
  • Warranty: One year limited (90 day on battery)