About this product
Part Number: 3550
A premium ultra-portable mount for astrophotography.
Features include all-metal structure, 5kg payload, near silent tracking, illuminated polarscope (also compatible with iOptron iPolar) and an integrated Lithium-Ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand yet offers high precision tracking.
The polar scope has been improved with a fine engraved reticule and adjustable illumination. Using iOptron's iOS app, quick and accurate polar alignment is a breeze.
Other features include an ST-4 guiding port and camera trigger port.
The DEC mounting bracket allows you to more easily balance a heavy camera and/or lens. It can also be used with a compact refractor telescope.
The optional iOptron 8408 hand controller enables you to check the Pole Star position for polar alignment, slew the mount, adjust the guiding rate, change the mount settings and control the camera trigger.
The SkyGuider Pro features four tracking rates, 1x or sidereal, 1/2x for sky and landscape combined, solar and lunar. All four work in both northern and southern hemispheres. IOptron have also added a quick slew mode with both forward and reverse to help you quickly reframe your image without disrupting the cameras position.
Significant improvements have been made to the removable alt-azimuth base, which features a convenient bubble level, degree markings for altitude and a built in post for 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.
Note: The camera, tripod and ball head pictured above are for illustration purposes only. They are not included.
- All metal mechanical structure
- Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
- Payload 5kg / 11lbs (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 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
- DEC mounting bracket
- Counterweight and CW shaft
- Vixen dovetail saddle for scope mounting
- Optional ball heads available separately (#3305A)
- Optional tripod (#3221)
- Optional Go2Nova® 8408 hand controller (#8408)
- Optional DSLR camera shutter trigger cable
What's in the box
- SkyGuider Pro camera mount
- Alt-azi base (installed)
- AccuAlign dark field illuminated polar scope (installed)
- Micro USB charging cable
- Padded carry bag
- Vixen-style saddle
- DEC mounting bracket w/ camera mounting disk
- 1.35kg counterweight
- CW shaft
|Mount ||Compact single axis tracking EQ |
|Payload (Max.) ||5kg / 11lbs, balanced |
|Mount weight ||1kg / 2.2lbs with battery |
|Mount weight with base ||1.45kg / 3.2lbs with battery |
|Body material ||All metal |
|RA shaft ||Φ35mm, steel |
|Worm wheel ||Φ88mm, 144 teeth Aluminium alloy |
|R.A. worm ||Φ15.2mm, 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, 3.7V, 2000mAh |
|Duration of operation ||Up to 20 hours at 20ºC |
|Power charge port ||Micro USB (5V), 80% charge in 5 hours |
|Camera mounting block ||Φ62mm, 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 ||1.35kg |
|Firmware upgrade ||Yes (via USB port) |
|Operation Temperature ||-10ºC ~40ºC |
|Warranty ||One year limited (90 day on battery) |
Downloads / Manuals
Quick Start Guide
YouTube Assembly Instructions
SkyGuider Pro configuration examples
|Average Rating (4 Reviews): |Essential for night time photography
Thursday, 14 May 2020 | Richard
This is my first step into astro photography, have been out about 3 times since purchase and extremely impressed with its ease of use and set up. I have managed to get sharp images of nebulae and the whirlpool galaxy using a 200mm telephoto lens and standard camera. Highly recommend.
Thursday, 14 May 2020 | Kanchanaphum
I received the product a few days ago. It was great. Delivery is fast in this situation. The product looks strong. I have tried to assemble and prepare for use but at this time there was no opportunity to go outside because of a curfew situation. When actually used, I will update again. Thank you.
Thursday, 14 May 2020 | Per
Had ordered another tracker, which showed up to be delayed.
FLO offered a better one to a discounted price.
iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount
Friday, 3 May 2019 | Richard
From the moment I opened the box I could tell it was value for money, it was built so well so I know it will last a long time especially when I'm out and about in different locations, it was very easy to assemble, however the instructions were not really the easiest to follow so I did have to check on the internet for an instructional video of which there are loads. Also I found First Light Optics service to be superb, it was outstanding how they managed to dispatch and deliver the item to me over 3000 miles away in a matter of 2 days, I am so coming back to buy more from them.
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