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Model: starlight_xpress_lodestar_x2Part Number: lodestar_x2Brand: Starlight Xpress
The Lodestar X2 is a new and improved version of the highly regarded Lodestar USB2.0 guide camera.
Featuring the Sony ICX829AL EXview II CCD the Lodestar X2 has the same sensor size and resolution as it's predecessor but offers approximately double the sensitivity. This adds almost a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness making it even easier to find a suitable guide star.
It also uses a new RJ12 guide socket which will please those users who found the smaller 'ZH' cable socket on the previous Lodestar too delicate.
As small as a 1.25" eyepiece and weighs considerably less!
Nice good performing guidecamera. Package is lacking good documentation and or info on the website of the manufacturer. Initially it is not that obvious (still isn't) that, for example in my case (comb. Orion guidescope 60mm and PHD2), a binning of 2x2 is preferable/better option. Really hope it will make a difference while being combined with my 8'' SCT and OAG.
Installation required reference to SX website, as suggested, then no problem installing. Camera working ok. SX software straightforward.
I bought this camera specifically to use with an OVL Off-axis Guider on my 6" Ritchey-Chretien telescope. I am delighted with the performance of the Lodestar and have not had any issues finding suitable guide stars through the OAG, despite the relatively small field of view of the scope. The camera is very sensitive and has improved guiding significantly.
I have both old lodestar and new lodestar autoguider CCD. ICX829AL chip is much sensitive then older ICX429AL.
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