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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Mount Head with Base

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.

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 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.

We have made big improvements on the SkyGuider™ Pro’s removable alt-azimuth base, which features a precision bubble level, degree markings for the altitude and a built in post for the azimuth control. You can also mount the SkyGuider™ Pro head (without the base) directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4” or 3/8” threads.

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 DEC mounting bracket package 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
  • Alt-azi base (installed)
  • 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
  • Mount weight with base: 1.45kg (3.2 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: Vixen style saddle, 3/8” socket
  • Alt-Azi adjustable base diameter: 80mm diameter
  • Latitude adjustment range: -30° ~ 65° (with alt-azi base)
  • Azimuth adjustment range: ±5°
  • Level indicator: Level bubble
  • 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)