About this product
Part Number: ZWO-60280
Latest Version with Finder Shoe & Vixen-Style Dovetails
The ZWO finder-guider scope has a faster f/ratio than 50mm finder-guiders and 1.44x more light gathering ability!
Features include a multicoated 60mm f4.67 objective lens and rotating helical focuser.
Includes a Vixen-Style dovetail so can be easily mounted onto a suitable side-by-side bar or, if you prefer to piggy back it atop your existing scope, you could use a female to female dovetail adapter.
Also includes a removable finder shoe dovetail.
15mm back focus.
Objective diameter: 60mm
Focal length: 280mm
Focuser: rotating helical focuser
Focus travel: 30mm
Back focus: 15mm
Weight: 474g (604g with tube rings and dovetail bar)
|Average Rating (4 Reviews): |Not great value for money
Thursday, 29 November 2018 | Samuel
This scope does the job, but the build quality seems a little flimsy for the price, considering you can get an ST80 and a load of accessories for only a fraction more. One of the screws was broken on arrival but thankfully I had suitable steel screws as replacements. Dew shield is very short so this misted over within about 45 minutes on the first night out (although it continued to guide fine). The dovetail that comes with the scope doesn't have m6 threads that would match Skywatcher or William optics tube rings, so this had to be modified to mount in directly onto my scope.
Quality guide scope with hidden features and quirky focus.
Tuesday, 2 October 2018 | Peter
I purchased this guide scope primarily to use with a ZWO 224MC which works really well. However I do have a collection of web cam based gadgets that I wanted try for guiding with the ZWO as the main imager. At first I struggled to get focus with these other web cams but then I noticed you can reduce the length of the main tube by 35mm which when combined with some extension tubes brought these other web cams into focus.
I say quirky focus because you have to rotate the 1.25" eyepiece barrel around a helical screw which means the camera rotates also, yes you can loosen the eyepiece screw that prevents the camera rotating but you need two hands, one to focus and one to hold the camera in place and stop it falling out.
Monday, 26 February 2018 | Graeme
Very good value guide scope. Added to my William Optics 73 APO on a Celestron AVX mount.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 | Iain
I have an HEQ5 mount with a 200P so weight was a factor when choosing a guide scope for me and this was the factor which made me choose it.
Eight months on and I couldn't be happier with this scope. I use it with a Loadstar X2 and even with a 2 second exposure time have yet to fail to get and hold a guide star. The FOV is nice and wide so you have plenty of choice.
Get some neoprene foam and make a dew shield and you'll not even have to worry about it dewing up either.
An excellent lightweight scope that I would recommend to anyone.
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