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iOptron pairs their SkyGuider Equatorial Camera Mount with a tall field tripod to provide you with a complete mount and support system for capturing long-exposure sky-scapes and wide-field astrophotographs. Most DSLR cameras quickly and easily mount to the SkyGuider.
iOptron SkyGuider Equatorial Mount (Head Only)
Designed as an entry-level astrophotography mount, the SkyGuider Equatorial Mount from iOptron provides the beginner imager with a mount that, when properly aligned with the pole star, will accurately track celestial objects for long-exposure imaging techniques. The DC servo motors track across the right ascension to compensate for the Earth's rotation with four selectable speeds. Because the Moon appears to move faster than the Sun, which appears to move faster than planets or deep sky objects, you can choose from Lunar, Solar, 0.5x, and 1x speeds so the mount can track whatever your subject is. A 3/8"‐16 mounting screw accepts saddles for telescope OTAs, or ball heads for cameras. With the counterweight shaft removed, the mount can be configured as a dual-mount. An AccuAligning illuminated polar scope is included to precisely align the mount for optimum tracking accuracy, and a built-in ST-4 autoguiding port accepts compatible equipment for even more accurate tracking over extended periods.
The SkyGuider mount is offered here without a tripod. A padded nylon carrying bag is included to protect the mount during transportation and storage.
Single-axis tracking for wide-field astrophotography
11 lb payload capacity plus 7.7 lb max on the counterweight for a total payload of 18.7 lb
3/8"⿐16 screw for mounting saddles for small to medium weight telescopes or cameras
Dual-mount capability for astrophotography and observation/guiding
AccuAligning dark field illuminated polar scope for faster alignment with pole stars
Four tracking speeds Lunar, Solar, 0.5x and 1x
Useable in the Northern and Southern hemispheres
Built-in ST-4 autoguider port
Built-in bubble level
iOptron Tall SkyGuider Tripod
An upgrade from the tripod typically sold with the SkyGuider equatorial mounts, iOptron's Tall SkyGuider Tripod features a greater maximum height with 1.5" diameter legs, large locking levers, and a triangular accessory tray with a locking leg spreader. Its adjustable height range from 18.1 to 28.3" allows it to be used by most people, and a variety of OTAs from refractors and reflectors to catadioptrics.