About this product
Part Number: HSG-1
The AstroHutech Hinode Solar Guider is the first autoguider designed for casual solar observing as well as photography.
Using an integrated sensor and onboard computing, the Hinode Solar Guider provides precise tracking on the sun for long periods of time.
It does not require precise polar alignment so is quick to setup and convenient to use. Ideal for public outreach or quick viewing with a grab-&-go solar scope.
When used for photography, the reliable and continuous autoguiding simplifies post-processing for projects such as time-lapse movies.
NOTE: The Hinode Solar Guider is available with a choice of mounting bases (Universal dovetail bar, Lunt mount base or Coronado mount base). Please choose from the drop down box when ordering.
- Quick setup -- precise polar alignment is not required.
- Built-in coarse finder makes lining up with the sun easy and safe.
- Guides on the solar disk -- No requirements for sunspots to be used for tracking.
- Optics, filter, and sensor are integrated in a single package along with guide electronics. No additional guide scope, filter, or computer required.
- One-time easy calibration with no additional calibration necessary for a fixed setup. Just select AM or PM tracking.
- No PC required. All functions are controlled through the attached hand controller.
- Universal mounting block allows attachment to virtually any telescope. Compatible with conventional finder dovetail bases available in the market.
- Audible cues and hand controller LEDs eliminate the need to exactly center the sun with an eyepiece or PC monitor.
- 5V DC operation via USB mini-B cable. When used with a PC no power supply is necessary
- Compact and lightweight at 106mm x 67mm x 28mm, 270g, and compatible with a grab-n-go solar viewing setup.
- User-friendly PC interface, including upgradeable firmware.
- NEW - Windows PC Software for monitor and control of the Hinode Guider
- Compatible with any mount with ST-4 / Losmandy-type autoguider input port.
- Made in USA.
While guiding effectiveness is dependent on the entire telescope and mount system, plus external factors such as atmospheric effects, the Hinode guider can detect position errors on the order of 1 arc second with a lab light source, and the smallest correction it will make is 100ms (programmed into firmware with typical mount electronic and mechanical limitations in mind). This corresponds to 1.5 arcseconds at 1x guide rate (correction speed at 1x sidereal drift) and .75 arcseconds at 0.5x guide rate.
This high-resolution time-lapse video clip demonstrates the accuracy of the Hinode solar guider. This video was taken over a 3-hour time period and spans 10 arc-minutes from top to bottom of the frame. The mount used was a stock Celestron AVX mount, aligned approximately to north.
What's in the box
- Hinode Solar Guider
- Hand Controller
- USB Cable
- Hand Controller Cable
- Autoguider Cable
- Mounting Base (Choose when ordering)
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Hutech Hinode Solar Guider Manual (PDF)
Hutech Hinode Solar Guider Software & Firmware
|Average Rating (3 Reviews): |Hangs on to your target like a limpet on a ships hull
Saturday, 26 March 2022 | John
I thought long and hard about purchasing the solar guider. The ‘cons’ were that I had pretty good polar alignment on my EQ6R-Pro mount so why did I need another gadget and more cables plus fork out the cash. The ‘pro’s were that because I live at the bottom of a hill which rises to the South, the Sun can be out of view for me at my home location and this would allow me to go mobile with my lighter Celestron AVX mount. So, I bit the bullet.
Wow, I am so glad I did. Firstly, this things hangs on to your target like a limpet on a ships hull, but let's not get too carried just yet.
The guider comes in a hard plastic carry case with foam inserts/cutaways to protect the guider, handset and cables. It is professionally presented. The guider itself is contained within a metal box that looks robust and gives the impression it could survive a few dings (not that I would want to throw it around). The cables are of a reasonable length and easily reached the guide port on my AVX mount and USB port on my laptop. They are not overly long so tripping over or catching cables is not going to be an issue. I haven’t tried the handset, but it is a nice size, clearly marked and with sizeable buttons, so nothing fiddly to work with. You can also control the software from a laptop so the handset isn’t mandatory.
The software downloaded without any issues and whilst it looks basic in appearance it does exactly what you want it to do. You hit ‘Finder’ to activate the finder, press ‘Set' to set the finder to the centre of the Sun, then ‘Calibrate’ to allow the guider to figure out the RA/Dec directions then ‘Guide’. What could be simpler? In a matter of minutes you are up and running. You also need to calibrate for AM and PM settings and each can be stored on the guider (not your laptop) by the press of a button. If you switch laptops, calibration isn’t required as it is stored on the guider.
As to the results, well I set my AVX mount up using a compass and inclinometer, not ideal conditions and having calibrated the solar guider, the reticule on SharpCap Pro has been locked on to AR12976 for the last hour and has barely changed position.
If you enjoy your solar imaging or observing and want some of the hard work taken away by making manual adjustments to the tracking then this is for you and well worth the price.
Saturday, 5 June 2021 | Rodger
I have had this for some time now and wouldn't be without it. Alignment can be very rough, clouds can move through and the wind may blow but this will always keep on target.
I have not used the hand controller as the computer software works without issue plugged directly into the Hinode without affecting camera speed. I also use an NEQ5 with direct PC control only; no hand controller.
All through one laptop and seamless.
If you like solar time lapse this is certainly worth serious consideration.
I have only given 4 stars as it is very expensive and there is no ASCOM driver at present so the ST4 port is essential.
Otherwise a brilliant and pixel perfect product.
Friday, 26 January 2018 | Ian
Works incredibly well! Very easy to set up. I elected to use the downloadable software so I could see the drive corrections, and that was easy to use as well.
I use it with an Ioptron ZEQ25 mount through its standard ST4 interface.
The mount is only roughly aligned to the polar axis, but the Hinode "grabs" the Sun fine.
Highly recommended for serious Sun observers.
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