Works with most short-medium focal length imaging systems.
Its wide field and fast f/4 focal-ratio ensures you will have no difficulty finding a suitable star to guide by.
|Average Rating (8 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 7 September 2021 | Michael
Looking for a guide camera and scope combination can be daunting. After some research and reviews decided on the Astro Essential 32mm. Not disappointed. A quality made product that does want I wanted. It is light Weight but that does not mean poor quality. All metal construction with reassuring feel and build. I would recommend this to anyone.
Friday, 2 July 2021 | David
I have had this little guide scope for several months now and it has been used on every clear night. The quality of construction and materials is way better than anticipated and leaves little to be desired. It focusses smoothly and locks into position very well. A range of feet are supplied which was great. I use the Arca swiss plate as it is the lightest and allows me swap between scopes easily. I team it with a 120mini and it works really well. I have never failed to get enough stars to make full use of the multy star guiding in PHD2. Top notch 5 minute subs are now routine with my 700mm televue.
A very effective little scope and astonishing value.
Tuesday, 9 March 2021 | Christopher
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised upon receiving this little scope, for the price it is well made, and visually pleasing as it is finished in a gun metal grey. Although I have not had the chance to use this yet due to our rubbish weather, I think it will live up to all expectations. Good clear lens and a fine choice of mountings. Most important of all, very affordable.
Sunday, 16 August 2020 | Udi
The guide scope is well made, the optics' quality is very good, and for £59 it is definitely worth it. Recommended!
Wednesday, 5 August 2020 | Stefan
Small and light guidescope with long focus range. It is a perfect match for any T2 or 1.25" guide camera. Great value for money.
Tuesday, 31 December 2019 | Matthew
Great little scope. I had planned on the ZWO version but really happy with this. Well made and solid. I use with a ZWO120MC-S as a polar alignment scope with sharpcap. Works a treat.
Thursday, 5 December 2019 | David
I bought this to go on my 71mm refractor as I cant fit my OAG between reducer and Canon 6D. It's a well made little scope. Your guide camera seats in the brass compression ring at the back and focus is achieved by unscrewing out the front lens housing. Once focus is reached you lock it in place with the locking collar. It unscrews out quite a bit but I found I had to pull out my ASI120 mini about 5mm from the shoulder at the back to reach focus. The rear shoulder has an M42 male thread for also attaching cameras should you need. You simply remove the 2 brass compression screws and attach your peripheral. I have actually attached a ZWO non rotating helical focuser for fine tuning focus. I've measured the focal length at around 130mm. Apart from guiding, I also use it with a certain software to polar align. No problem at this focal length finding enough stars to platesolve and achieve accurate polar alignment. Great little scope for the price!
Monday, 2 December 2019 | Paul
At £59 I was half expecting some rather cheap feeling, plastic scope, but no, this is a quality piece of equipment that's fully metal and feels very sturdy and well made. The front part of the scope unscrews by quite a bit, allowing you to find focus with your guide cam easily, and without any spacers. You then screw the red collar back down to the main scope body and your focus is locked. I'm using mine with an asi120mc-s which connects directly to the rear of the guidescope using the pre-existing threads in both the camera and scope, without the need for any adapters or anything.
Being used to guide my Evostar72ED Pro on my Star Adventurer Pro using an ASIair, sits in the guidescope shoe easily and I didn't notice any major shift in balance, even though it feels well made and robust, it is still lightweight. I was previously managing 3 min subs unguided with this setup and about half of my exposures were usable. I've only had a single session using autoguiding so far but every single exposure was usable and better quality than any of my previous subs when unguided.
All in all a great mini guide scope at a great price that will easily do the job of guiding more than well enough for any rig, not just portable ones.