iOptron SkyGuider Pro EQ Camera Mount

BH #IO3550 • MFR #3550
iOptron
iOptron SkyGuider Pro EQ Camera Mount
Key Features
  • Equatorial Camera Tracking System
  • 11-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Right Ascension Tracking Motor
  • Tracking Rates: Solar/Lunar/Celestial/Half-Celestial
Building on the success of their previous systems, the iOptron SkyGuider Pro EQ Camera Mount increases the precision and payload capacity while reducing the form factor to produce an imaging support system to track celestial bodies and capture images of the sun and moon, or for wide-field astrophotography star-scapes shooting techniques. This versatile tracking system can be configured in multiple ways including single or double-camera mounting, or even mounting smaller telescope optical tubes.
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iOptron SkyGuider Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Tracking Head
  • 3Alt-Az Base
  • 4Camera Attachment

Building on the success of their previous systems, the iOptron SkyGuider Pro EQ Camera Mount increases the precision and payload capacity while reducing the form factor to produce an imaging support system to track celestial bodies and capture images of the sun and moon, or for wide-field astrophotography star-scapes shooting techniques. This versatile tracking system can be configured in multiple ways including single or double-camera mounting, or even mounting smaller telescope optical tubes.

The system functions as an equatorial mount, with a Right Ascension (RA) tracking motor to compensate for the apparent movement of celestial objects across the sky. An integrated polar axis alignment scope aids in accurate set up to improve tracking accuracy for long-exposure photography. A Declination mounting bracket allows the use of the counterweight kit to balance heavier imaging rigs, and limit vibration and strain on the motor and gears — or for double-mounting cameras, or OTAs. The tracking head runs on a factory-installed rechargeable battery with a 20-hour runtime. iOptron offers the SkyGuider here with just the tracking head and alt-az base for users with a reliable support system. The tracking head can be mounted on a tripod by itself using a conventional 1/4"-20 photo ball-head, or the head/base can be mounted together on most astronomical, photo, video, or field tripod using the 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20 mount on the bottom of the base.

Tracking Head

  • 11-pound max payload capacity when properly balanced
  • Tracking rates: Solar, Lunar, Celestial, and Half-celestial (for sky-scape photography)
  • 144x forward/reverse fast slew speed helps to find and frame shots
  • Integrated AutoAlign illuminated polar axis scope allows for precise alignment to improve tracking accuracy; 6° field of view for easier alignment; adjustable illumination intensity
  • Counterweight shaft and 3-pound weight are included to properly balance heavier cameras and lenses
  • Ports: ST-4 Autoguider; Shutter release; Micro-USB charging; Optional Go2Nova hand controller
  • Runs on one internal rechargeable LiPo battery; up to 20-hour runtime
    Mounting:
  • Mounts to alt-az base via Vixen-style dovetail
  • 1/4"-20 socket enables mounting to a photo, video, field tripod using an optional ball-head
    Motor and Gears:
  • Right Ascension DC servo provides smooth tracking with limited vibration, and optical encoder improves tracking accuracy
  • Right Ascension clutch disk enables manual movement
  • 35mm steel Right Ascension shaft
  • 88mm, 144-tooth aluminum alloy worm wheel
  • 15.2mm, brass worm gear
  • Four-piece roller bearing provides smooth movement with reduced vibration

Alt-Az Base

  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle accepts the tracking head without tools for attachment
  • -30° to 65° latitude adjustment range
  • ±5° azimuth adjustment range
  • "Bull's eye" bubble level
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"20 socket for attachment onto most astronomical, photo, video, or field tripods

Camera Attachment

  • 3/8"-16 camera mounting block to mounts camera directly onto tracking head or dual-mount on Declination bracket
  • Mount a camera onto head using a ball-head for smaller cameras
  • Use included Declination bracket for heavier rigs with included counterweight assembly, for dual-camera mounting, or smaller telescope OTAs
  • Dual camera mount payload of 11-pound + 7.7-pounds

iOptron SkyGuider Specs

Mount
Mount TypeGerman Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityNo
Payload Capacity11 lb / 5 kg
MotorSingle Axis
Counterweight3.0 lb / 1.4 kg
Polar Axis ScopeYes (Built In)
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
General
Power SourceBattery (Built-In)
Battery1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Polymer
 • Up to 20-Hour Runtime at 68°F / 20°C
PortsUSB Micro-B
MountingTo Camera: 1/4"-20 Male
To Tripod/Base: 3/8"-16 Female (1/4"-20 Female with Included Adapter), Vixen-Type Plate
Wi-FiNo
Dimensions5.2 x 4.5 x 3.7" / 13.3 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm (without Alt-Az Base)
Weight2.2 lb / 1 kg (with Battery)
3.2 lb / 1.5 kg (with Battery and Alt-Az Base)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.09 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.55 x 11.55 x 5.75"

iOptron SkyGuider Reviews

Awesome astrophotographic tool

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

Well made, good price point. Three minute exposures with a 50mm or one minute with a 200mm give excellent results. Whether a serious astrophotographer who will stack and process or a photographer looking to expand their field of opportunities/ creativeness, you won't be disappointed. This easy to use, well made tracker is a charm.

Super Astrophotography Tracker

By Wayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-25

I previously had a different brand tracker that died afted 3 months, plus I could only get 1.5 minutes of exposure with it. With the iOptron Skyguider Pro I can get up to 5 minutes of exposure time tracking targets. I also have a ZWO ASIAir and guide camera that I use with it. If I make an accurate polar alignment the ZWO after calibrating tells me the stars haven't moved enough to require guiding. I use this with a Rokinon 135mm and Radian Raptor 61. I do recommend getting a different ALT/AZ mount though as some others recommend.

What a difference.

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-09

Now I can get even longer exposures. Works Great. Had to make some changes to allow for heavier lens that the 3lb counterweight was not enough for. Found video that suggests changing the cw bar to opposite side.

Great tool to facilitate my intro to astrophotography

By Jeff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-28

The SkyGuider is my first specialty tool as I explore astrophotography. There is a learning curve with this, but patience pays off. A bit overwhelming at first, but after a couple of outings I'm comfortable getting set up and having fun exploring the night skies. Well built and sturdy.

Newest version a tiny bit different than before

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-14

I'm mostly writing this review to clarify something about this tracker, which I had to confirm by emailing iOptron directly. All of the online materials say that this tracker uses a micro-USB charging port. But when mine arrived, it has the larger (and older) mini-USB connector. Worried that I was sent some knock-off, or perhaps a much older unit, I reached out and was told that, yes, the newest units are indeed using mini-USB now instead. Apparently mini-USB is more reliable, and they also wanted to unify it with their iPolar USB connector. They also went on to tell me that they'll update all of their marketing materials after the new version has been out for 3 months (giving retailers time to clear out old inventory). So don't be surprised or worried if yours comes with micro-USB. As for my review ... in my very first-ever attempt at astrophotography, this tracker absolutely nailed it! My polar alignment was probably good but not perfect, but nonetheless I got pinpoint stars at 30s subs. The reason for 4 stars - as others have said, the alt-az base is very cheap, and thus has a lot of wiggle when tightening down the locking nuts. Consequently, even though you might think you're polar aligned, the second that you tighten down and lock in your alignment, it'll push you way off. It then becomes a process of trial-and-error, where you must purposely misalign to some degree, and then see what happens when you tighten and lock. This was frustrating enough after just 2 astrophoto sessions that I decided to plunk down another $200 on an improved base (from William Optics).

Nice tracker

By Susan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

I wanted to photograph the recent lunar eclipse. There is very limited information available on tracking the moon. Using what I could find, it boils down to find Polaris, line it up in the scope, mount and balance your camera, find and focus on the moon (all while not moving the base to avoid misaligning Polaris) Turn on the power and let it track. It did a great job and the moon remained in focus and on the screen the entire 5 hours of shooting. I can't wait to try it in stars.

Highly recommended for first real dive into astro

By Kyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-22

This was my first star tracking purchase. I can say that it has fully met my expectations and am more than pleased with my purchase. For my first alignment out of the box, I was able to get about 25s of solid tracking at 250mm. A few uses later and my exposure times are now 60s-90s without star trailing. Would definitely recommend getting a more sturdy tripod and not use a lightweight travel tripod. As with other reviews of this tracker, I agree that the alt mount is not the best design. The adjustment screws are a bit annoying to deal with at times. This device has brought the sky closer to my backyard, and I feel motivated to use it every clear night.

A very capable and affordable star tracker

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-12

I really love iOptron SkyGuider Pro star tracker. It's easy to use and has provided great tracking for me so far, giving sharp stars using my DSLR. I wish the polar scope light would stay on all the time, rather than the declination bracket having to be in a certain position before the light comes on. But, it's a small inconvenience and I think it's outweighed by all its positive points. All-in-all, a great little tracker that's portable, affordable, and very capable.

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