iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package

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About this product

Model:  iop_skyguider_pro
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. 

Supplied with a DEC mounting bracket, counterweight shaft and counterweight that enables you to more easily balance a heavy camera and lens or a compact refractor telescope (does not obstruct the polarscope). 

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. 

FEATURES

  • 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

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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

Specifications

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

Manual: 

Quick Start Guide 

Instruction Manual 

YouTube Assembly Instructions

SkyGuider Pro configuration examples

Customer reviews

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Delivered in record time
Wednesday, 6 April 2022  | 

Not only was it a lot cheaper to purchase this tracker in the UK, than in Australia, I am blown away how quick it arrived!. Ordered on Thursday night, and by Tue morning it was on my doorstep in Canberra, Australia - that's 2 1/2 business days! I've never had anything delivered from overseas this fast, and normally it even takes longer within Australia. It's the FLO and DHL combo (British diligence, German efficiency). I haven't put the SkyGuider to the test yet, but it seems to work. I have also added a QHY Polemaster for easier polar aligning, as manually aligning in the Southern Hemisphere is almost impossible, especially in light polluted skies. Can't wait to start photographing.


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Star tracker
Wednesday, 9 February 2022  | 

Just received my tracker from flo today, which came in a very large box and was well packaged. The tracker looks very well made, with instructions. I look forward to trying it out. The service that I got from flo was again first class.


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Solid accurate tracking
Monday, 10 January 2022  | 

I bought this to get me started during the pandemic when a lot of the large mounts where out of stock, Polar alignment is easy when you use an app to show you where to place Polaris and once setup I was getting very good accuracy tracking the stars with no trails. The camera mounting plate isnt the best when you have to rotate it but once locked in place it is solid.
you do need a good solid tripod though, at first I was using it with a light weight camera tripod which did introduce trails if I went anywhere near it, but once on a solid tripod it was great. I have now managed to get a EQ6R Pro but I still don't want to let this one go, great bit of kit. And as usual great service from FLO


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Quality gear
Tuesday, 4 May 2021  | 

I bought this as the wait for my Celestron 9.25” SCT entered the third month with not even an ETA. It’s a great little tracker and I managed to polar align, track and accurately auto guide (in RA only of course) the first time I’ve tried to do this ever. 3 min images showed no trailing. I was using the unit on an Amazon basics mount without the base unit (so polar alignment was by tiny tweaks to the tripod legs/feet!) I got the best images I’ve taken so far (of M51) and very happy with it - also lots of credit to the ASIair Pro that made it all a lot easier.
When the iOptron tripod (the £139 one) is in stock I will definitely add this and the WO wedge (based on reviews) to make polar alignment simpler and the whole thing more robust/stable.
Great work by FLO by the way, who combined the items that were in stock from various orders and everything arrived within 24 hours.


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Brilliant Service
Monday, 26 April 2021  | 

FLO living up to the good reviews I have seen.

Setting up mount was super easy on my tripod, even for a new to astronomy/astrophotography like me,. Polar aligning will take some practice (and contortions as I am at 56 degrees North). Only downside i found was that, whilst balancing in RA axis was easy, once my DSLR with the 18-55mm lens was positioned aiming at my target and releasing the clutch, i couldnt get it to balance. All in all I am more than happy with this and am looking forward to getting some great results


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Solid and portable
Friday, 12 March 2021  | 

Great service from FLO, as always.
The Skyguider Pro is really neat, compact and easy to set up. On the first clear night after receiving it I was able to take trail-less 2 min exposures of Orion with my Redcar51. Really pleased with this star tracker, and I’m looking forward to taking it on my travels in the (hopefully) near future.


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Sky Guider
Thursday, 11 March 2021  | 

After cancelling 1 order and putting another order in for the IOptron Skyguider Pro, I had a very good service from F.L.O. There was no if or buts it was straight on . The unit itself is well made and robust so now I'm just waiting for starry nights to use it. So its well done to the team at F.L.O.


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Portable guiding at its best
Tuesday, 9 March 2021  | 

I am very happy with the Ioptron skyguider pro. very easy to set up. Has a built in illuminated polar finder is great. The guiding works well- it is only in RA which is just fine on-the-go. Charges using a smartphone plug or PC - this is a nice touch and saves £££ on batteries.
Solid build, sturdy and well made. All in all a very nice piece of kit. If you want a portable tracking mount for your smaller telescope or DSLR this is the one for you - perfect.


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Super monture de voyage
Sunday, 13 December 2020  | 

Super monture de voyage !
Légèreté et autonomie, je ne suis pas arrivé au bout de la batterie après 3 sorties de plus de 3h en plein hiver.
Je l'utilise avec un trépied Benro TMA28A, un renvoi coudé pour le viseur polaire (qui est nettement meilleur que le skywatcher) , un canon 6d et une lunette sharpstar 61epdh + réducteur de focal). Une barre de contre poids supplémentaire (Willian optics) est indispensable pour équilibrer l'ensemble. Le tout rentre dans un sac à dos !
J'obtiens des poses de 2min avec très peu de déchet mais il faut prendre le temps de faire une bonne mise en station. J'ai eu l'occasion de la comparer avec la star adventurer, celle ci ne tenait pas des poses de 1min à 200mm de focal ...
Si je met 4 étoiles c'est parce que son support n'est pas de bonne qualité ce qui oblige à faire la mise en station en 2 fois, car la monture se désaxe lors du serrage de la base. Il existe un support williams optic pour la remplacer mais je le trouve beaucoup trop cher.
Concernant FLO, après plusieurs achats vers la France, aucun problème ! Espérons que cela continu après le Brexit....
Bon ciel !


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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package
Tuesday, 10 November 2020  | 

Very new to astrophotography and following hours of YouTube reviews, I went for this over the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. (it's well worth watching Peter Zelinka's tutorial)
Although I've only used it once as it's been cloudy EVERY night since receiving it two weeks ago, it's simple to set up and easy to use with DSLR and 135mm lens.
Fantastic delivery from FLO in well under 48 hours, will definitely be ordering from them again in the future.


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