Orion Mini Deluxe Pro AutoGuider Package
Orion's latest autoguiding resolution designed to enhance the precision and sharpness of your astro-images is the new Mini Deluxe Pro AutoGuider Package. Compatible with telescopes that have up to 1500mm of focal length, installing this complete autoguiding package is a simple task. It's compact yet includes all that is necessary to guarantee the optimal tracking accuracy required to achieve sharp, high quality images from your astrophotography system.
Employing a dedicated autoguider as well as a guide scope is considered to be the most efficient way to advance the tracking accuracy of any astrophotography system. Tracking with exacting accuracy is required for capturing crisp, well-defined astro-images. In the not too distant past, this advanced imaging precision would have come with a robust price tag. Only a few years ago, one could easily find many astrograph-quality telescopes at a price lower than that of a dedicated autoguider. Furthermore, most guide scopes of recent vintage have been overly long, cumbersome, and hard to align with consistent accuracy. Recently, due to technological advancements and the availability of the highly sensitive yet economical Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Camera, astrophotographers can now enjoy the benefits of highly accurate images without breaking the bank. Astrophotographers equipped with a highly sensitive Orion StarShoot AutoGuider can have auto-guided tracking precision capability at their fingertips by using a small aperture guide scope with a significantly shorter focal length than that of some awkward instruments of the past. Considering this, Orion is pleased to announce its new accurate yet affordable autoguiding solution - the Mini Deluxe Pro AutoGuider Package! It includes not only the Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope outfitted with a precise helical focuser, but also Orion's StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Monochrome Camera, dovetail mounting base, and a small adapter plate. The entire package connects to your telescope in a similar fashion as a finder for simple, convenient installation.
The StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Camera included in this package is a thin, compact, highly sensitive monochrome guide camera with strong 75% quantum efficiency to assist in guiding for higher quality astro-images. Incorporates an ST-4 port for easy linkage to motorized equatorial mounts. The camera has a thin, compact design that provides enhanced back focus range and superior compatibility with guiding and other imaging accessories such as off-axis guiders. While this monochrome imaging camera has been chiefly designed for exact autoguiding, it also functions as a high-caliber astrophotography imaging device. Includes Orion AstroCap software loaded with capture features like focus aids, histogram, exposure and gain settings, auto dark frame removal, and more. Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 compatible (32 & 64 bit). Comes with ASCOM driver.
The Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope included with this package has 162mm focal length (f/3.2) to go along with its 50mm aperture. It features fully multi-coated achromatic optics and an easy machined focus adjustment instrument for quicker, more accurate focusing of possible guide stars. The machined and anodized helical focuser features a fixed-orientation design and will not rotate the installed StarShoot AutoGuider Pro while the focus is being adjusted. This eliminates the inconvenience of having rotating fields of possible guide stars when focus adjustments are taking place. Potential guide stars can be easily located due to the Guide Scope's wide, highly illuminated field-of-view. The helical focuser features a 12.5mm travel range as well as a rigid thread resistance which provides zero backlash and replaces flexure-inducing "play" for solid, durable functioning on a consistent basis. Easy-grip machined helical focuser ring has a handy thumbscrew lock that maintains placement once ideal focus has been obtained.
The aluminum machined 1.25" adapter found the 50mm Guide Scope has three thumbscrews that serve to keep the StarShoot AutoGuider secure during extended imaging sessions. Dovetail bracket adapts to any standard Orion dovetail finderscope base and eliminates the need for a piggyback oriented guide scope system which is known for being difficult to install and balance. The bracket has three adjustment thumbscrews allowing for easy and precise targeting of the Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope. Comes with a dovetail mounting base and attachment hardware that allows for installation on any optical tube for those who may want to install it on a telescope that doesn't have a dovetail base or already has a finderscope. An aluminum adapter plate permits the mounting of the dovetail base to nearly all standard dovetail telescope attachment plates for piggybacking atop your scope's tube rings, or for incorporation in a side-by-side plate or saddle.
At a total weight of only 21.2 oz., the Orion Mini Deluxe Pro AutoGuider Package will provide advanced autoguiding accuracy for your astro-images without contributing the bulk you'd get with older, larger guide scopes. This inexpensive package could be yours today!
Orion Mini Deluxe Pro AutoGuider Package Specifications...
- Best for imaging: Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
- Imaging sensor: 0.3MP Color CMOS sensor
- Imaging sensor size: 1/3"
- Pixel array: 1280 x 960
- Pixel size: 3.75 x 3.75
- Imaging chip: Monochrome
- Video frame rate: Up to 200 fps
- Autoguider capability: Yes
- Exposure range: 0.00002s to 600s
- A/D conversion: 8 bit
- Thermoelectric cooling: No
- IR filter: No
- Mounting: 1.25" nosepiece
- USB connection: High speed 2.0
- Software compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
- Binning: 1x1, 2x2
- Weight: 21 oz.
Orion Product Number: 20011