The SkyGuider Pro is a must have tool for any photographer interested in astroscape or wide field astrophotography, allowing you to take long exposures with almost any digital camera, to capture stunning images of the night sky.
Usually, the rotation of the earth makes stars appear as long streaks in long exposure photographs of the night sky, however the SkyGuider PRO tracks apparent sky-movement, eliminating star-trailing.
Four years ago, iOptron introduced the SkyGuider TM. It quickly became the tool of choice for serious astroscape and wide-field astro imaging. Since then there's been an explosion of interest in this popular genre of outdoor photography. As users' imagination pushed existing tracking devices to their limits, iOptron designers recognized it was time for the next generation camera-tracker.
The iOptron SkyGuider PRO TM offers high precision silent tracking, a built-in rechargeable power source and ST4 guiding. The improved precision polar scope has a dark-field illumination, fine engraved reticule and adjustable brightness. This gives optimal visibility under all conditions.
iOptron smartphone app shows you quick and accurate placement of the pole star for quick and accurate polar alignment (see below for links).
The DEC mounting bracket package, which includes DEC mounting bracket, counterweight shaft, counterweight and Vixen-type dovetail saddle, makes the SkyGuideTM Pro mount suitable for a heavier camera/lens system, even a lightweight telescope like the Altair Starwave 70mm ED.
For more advanced users who want extra-long exposures and or have longer focal length lenses, the built-in autoguiding port allows even more accurate tracking with an external guide camera such as the popular Altair GPCAM2 Mono.
Small enough to fit in your hand, the SkyTracker Pro is easily transported most anywhere. Under the skin it maintains the precision and mechanical quality synonymous with iOptron products. It has a unique bi-directional rapid slew function enabling the user to reframe without disturbing the camera.
A rechargeable on-board power source was added, capable of over 24 hours of continuous operation on any of The SkyTracker Pro mounts 4 tracking speeds (1x, 1/2x, lunar, solar).
iOptron also made a few changes to the alt azimuth base standard with the SkyTracker Pro. Firstly it's removable, allowing the mount head to fit directly on any standard photographic tripod with 1/4 or 3/8 threads, a nice feature especially when portability is a priority. If the user chooses to use the compact base, they will immediately appreciate the accuracy of movement in pointing provided by the fine adjustments in both the altitude and azimuth planes.
The base also has a precision bubble level, a degree scale on the altitude adjustment, and a built in center post providing a stanchion for the azimuth controls to oppose. .
Skytracker PRO features:
All metal structure
Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8 or 1/4 threads
Payload 11 lbs (5kg) (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 TM 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
Why buy the Sky Guider instead of similarly priced DSLR tracking mounts?
The SkyGuider PRO is probably the most compact and lightest product even with the included micro-adjustable AZ base.
It's rechargeable with a standard micro USB charger.
You can polar-align the Sky Guider with the illuminated reticule switched on, whilst the mount is loaded with equipment. There is no need to remove the camera or ball-head to polar align. The polar scope is not obstructed and can be viewed through, because the DEC axis doesn't obstruct it. The illuminator is built-in and you do not need to detach it after alignment. These features allow for quick, easy setup.
One travel case is included for the mount head and counterweight.
The SkyGuider has a high quality worm gear for good tracking out of the box.
The Skyguider can be auto-guided for very long exposures.
You can use a good quality pro ball-head to help polar align.
In the box:
SkyGuiderTM Pro camera mount
Alt-azi base (installed)
AccuAlignTM dark field illuminated polar scope (installed)
Micro USB charging cable
Padded carry bag
DEC mounting bracket w/ camera mounting disk
Stainless steel CW shaft
One Year Limited Warranty (90 day on battery)
Very impressed Superb quality, quick setup and after aligning with Polaris which took a few minutes, first exposure of 30 sec's, the stars were pin sharp. 2nd attempt with a 200mm lens pointed towards Andromeda. Again, pin sharp stars. Rapid delivery and great customer service. (07/09/2018) Rob - Cambs
Our standard delivery charge for most of the UK is £2.95. All orders are shipped promptly, lower value items are sent Royal Mail 1st class and higher value or larger goods are shipped via reputable courier. All goods are shipped fully insured with FEDEX, UPS, DPD and Royal Mail, we do not use budget courier services, please note we can only ship to UK mainland addresses. We are not able to ship to forwarding agents or PO boxes.
Our Order Lookup system (see very top of each page for the icon and link) updates the order status in real time for you - simply by entering your order number and postcode..
We hold stock, dozens of telescopes and literally thousands of accessories that we ship out each business day, normally orders received before lunch are shipped that business day. We also direct ship from our UK suppliers, this means we have access to thousands of products that can ship fast to our customers.
Deliveries to UK mainland addresses are all shipped with fully insured premium services for £2.95, *some exceptions apply including many AB, FK, HS, IV, KA, KW, PA, PH, ZE postcodes. We will quote delivery charges to these areas where applicable prior to shipping (this does not normally affect lower value items shipped by Royal Mail).
You must inform us within one working day if the goods are lost or damaged in transit so that we can make a prompt claim against the delivery company and correct the problem. Please ensure all address details are accurate, we cannot be responsible for failed deliveries or losses arising from incorrect delivery addresses.
You agree that proof of delivery supplied by our delivery company is sufficient evidence to establish that goods have been received.
If your product is sent by Courier they will attempt delivery twice and a signature will be required. If they are unable to deliver because you are not available and after 5 days you have not contacted them to re-arrange. the goods will be returned to us and the return delivery costs may be charged to you