iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package

£375.00
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About this product

Model:  iop_skyguider_pro
Part Number:  3550

Note: Photos show red body colour but around October iOptron changed the colour to black, we will update our photos soon. 

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. 

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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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package
Sunday, 25 October 2020  | 

We bought the iOptron SkyGuider Pro as part of a portable rig that included the William Optics RedCat v1.5, the ZWO ASIair Pro, iOptron Ball Head, iOptron tripod and the ZWO mini Finder guider and ASI120mm - mini bundle and ZWO ASIair Pro. We ordered all at the same time but were aware that some had a longer lead time than others. Throughout FLO were brilliant at keeping us informed and shipped some items earlier than agreed because we were still waiting for the tripod. Previously we have only used a GoTo Celestron 8SE so getting used to the small rig has required some effort but there are some great YouTube videos out there to help and we now we feel we can write a review of the components.

This is a great solid little tracker. The battery lasts well and it performs well with our heavyish rig using all of the new items and a Canon 80D. However, we have needed to purchase the William Optics extension to balance it all with the counterweight. It appears to work well with the guide scope but we haven't used this a lot. It performs great with the ball head and camera mounting disk. Just one small niggle has been that the charging cable appears to work only intermittently. When adjusting the light on the eyepiece to polar align it can be fiddly to switch back from Southern Hemisphere to Northern hemisphere. As a beginners we think it would be difficult to get an accurate Polar alignment without the use of the ZWO ASIair polar align. Adjusting the Alt-Az mount is awkward but is holding up for now. There is an alternative base available from William Optics but this is quite expensive, however, this actually comes with the extension bar so it might be worth thinking about this extra expense if you are going to be using this tracker with the Redcat.
https://www.firstlightoptics.com/william-optics-mounts/william-optics-wedge-and-extension-bar-for-skywatcher-star-adventurer-and-ioptron-skyguider-pro.html.


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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Full Package
Thursday, 17 September 2020  | 

This review is based on owning the device for a couple of weeks. Build quality can't be faulted, it's quite sturdy. But there are a few niggles, the biggest by far is keeping the unit on the 'Northern Hemisphere', a toggle button would be infinitely more easy than trying to press a button for a difficult to determine length of time. Another mild inconvenience is alignment. You get your tripod level and then screw on the unit only to find it at 90 degrees to where you want so you have to move the whole thing and then it's not level! A rotating base would be a great addition rather than have to source a swivel base later. And lastly, if you increase the light on the reticle display, it's tonight to see Polaris! But, once you get past these niggles the unit performed well, four five minute exposures lined up perfectly. Finally, a dslr plus long lens is too heavy for the counter-balance, you will need extra weight and or an extension rod. So 4.5 stars from me, just need clear nights now!


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Ioptron Sky Guider Pro
Tuesday, 8 September 2020  | 

New to Astro Photography I am just using a Canon SLR and lens at the moment

First try with a tracker very solid comes complete and seems to work well but I still have to really get to grips with it not had one really clear night since buying
I looked at a number of reviews between this and the Star adventurer, as usual you cannot get one with all the option you want, however, this seems to come out in the reviews as good

the only thing so far I don't like but have found a solution is the polar align as I am in North Scotland I have to get on my knees (nearly but its awkward) to look through the scope even with the tripod on max height

However, I found a company that 3d prints an adapter for a 90 degree eyepiece only arrived today and it all cloudy so will try it out, but it sorts that issue

just discovered this is an a expensive hobby 😀😀


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Unit performs as specified
Tuesday, 8 September 2020  | 

A good solid unit.Rapid delivery


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Unheard of
Tuesday, 1 September 2020  | 

Skyguider Pro came in perfect shape across the pond. Shipped and delivered internationally within 24 hours. I don't even get that kind of service from B&H and I live in New York. Will be utilizing FLO more often going forward.


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Super fast delivery, out of this world customer service. Highly recommended!
Wednesday, 5 August 2020  | 

These guys would go to the moon and back to ensure you are happy with your purchase. I am really pleased with the customer service from this company and would highly recommend them.


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SkyGuider Pro - solid and straightforward
Tuesday, 28 July 2020  | 

Ordered from FLO, arrived the next day and the following day had a sufficiently clear night to use it. Studied set up from the excellent video tutorial by Peter Zelinka, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jssf2ffHYbc. Link also available from iOptron website. First use went well and did exactly what it was supposed to do. There is a wide variety of setup options and the kit contains all you need. At some point I will test with the counter weight and telescopic lens, hopefully before end of UK summer, but clear nights are few and far between at present.
The build quality seems excellent, very solid, but compact enough for easy transportation. I had some difficulty getting the scope aligned with Polaris, but that was me rather than the kit, and will improve with practice (I'm new to astrophotography). Very impressed so far, and very impressed with the service from FLO.


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Essential for night time photography
Thursday, 14 May 2020  | 

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.


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Successfully Received
Thursday, 14 May 2020  | 

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.


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Satisfied
Thursday, 14 May 2020  | 

Had ordered another tracker, which showed up to be delayed.
FLO offered a better one to a discounted price.
Good initiative.


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