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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount With iPolar PolarScope - 3550A

iOptron   ——   SKU: IOP-3550A
$786.00 CAD
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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount
With iPolar PolarScope

The SkyGuider Pro is iOptron’s next generation camera tracking mount! iOptron has been in the forefront of the camera tracker market for nearly four years, but now, iOptron's SkyGuider Pro pushes performance to near perfection.

The redesigned SkyGuider Pro mount head is more compact, small enough to fit on your palm, has better precision, with silent tracking, has a built-in rechargeable power source, plus it has a ST-4 guiding port and camera trigger port. The improved precision polar scope maintains a fine engraved reticle, now features adjustable illumination with different brightness levels. The iOS app provides you with quick and accurate polar alignment operation and it is just easy to use. The DEC mounting bracket allows you to balance a heavy camera and/or lens better, or even mount a light telescope. The optional 8408 hand controller (which is NOT included) will allow 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. This Optional Purchase 8408 hand controller is highly recommended for its features!

NOTE: Tripod is NOT Included; Ball Head NOT Included; Camera NOT included. These are shown for illustration purposes, only.

This iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount With iPolar PolarScope has an integrated electronic polar finder scope known as the iPolar. This tool ensures the accurate alignment of a telescope, even when the pole star is obscured! There are large levers on the quick-lock drive engagement system; these large levers make it easy to snap the gears into place. The SkyGuider Pro features four tracking rates, 1X or sidereal, 1/2X for sky and landscape combined, solar rate, and lunar rate. All 4 tracking rates work in both northern and southern hemispheres. There is also a quick slew mode with both forward and reverse to help quickly reframing your image without disrupting the camera's position.

iOptron has improved 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 choose to mount the SkyGuider Pro head (without the base) directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4” or 3/8” threads.

The DEC mounting bracket package, which is included with this mount, includes DEC mounting bracket, counterweight shaft, counterweight and Vixen-type dovetail saddle, and this mechanism when installed makes the SkyGuideTM Pro mount suitable for a heavier camera/lens system, even a lightweight telescope. The SkyGuider Pro is an amazing tool for any photographer who is interested in doing astroscape or wide field astrophotography. Once you use the iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount With iPolar for your first photo application, you will appreciate its design and features and it will become a standard tool for all your astroscape or wide field astrophotography.

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount With iPolar Features:

  • All metal mechanical structure
  • Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
  • Payload 11 lb (5kg) (balanced, with DEC mounting bracket, exclude CW)
  • Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures
  • Detachable alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment
  • Includes iOptron iPolar electronic polar scope
  • 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
  • Micro USB Charging Cable included
  • Built-in shutter triggering port
  • Padded carry bag included
  • DEC mounting bracket
  • Counterweight and CW shaft
  • Vixen dovetail saddle for scope mounting
  • Optional Purchase: ball heads available separately (#3305A)
  • Optional Purchase: tripod (#3221)
  • Optional Purchase: Go2Nova® 8408 hand controller (#8408)
  • Optional Purchase: DSLR camera shutter trigger cable

Specifications:

Mount Compact single axis tracking EQ
Payload (Max.) 11 lb (5 kg), balanced
Mount weight 2.2 lb (1 kg) with battery
Mount weight with base 3.2 lb (1.45 kg) with battery
Alt-Azimuth Base Installed
Dec Mounting Bracket w/ Camera Mounting Disk
Body material All metal
RA shaft Φ35 mm, steel
Worm wheel Φ88 mm, 144 teeth aluminum alloy
R.A. worm Φ15.2 mm, 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 TM dark field illuminated (~6º FOV)
Camera trigger Yes
Hand controller Yes (with optional 8408 HC)
Power Requirement Internal rechargeable battery
Battery type Li-Poly, 3.7 Volts, 2000 mAh
Duration of operation Up to 20 hours at 20ºC
Power charge port Micro USB (5V), 80% charge in 5 hours
Camera mounting block Φ62 mm, 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 Φ80 mm
Latitude adjustment range -30º ~ 65º (with alt-azi base)
Azimuth adjustment range ±5º
Level indicator Level bubble
Body dimension 133x115x95 mm (w/o alt-azi base)
Counterweight shaft Φ20x200 mm w/ 3/8”-16 threads
Counterweight 1.35 kg
Firmware upgrade Yes (via USB port)
Operation Temperature -10ºC ~40ºC
Warranty One year limited (90 day on battery)
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