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    Default Guide camera to use with Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope



    Hi,

    My main AP rig consists of Stellarvue Nighthawk 80ED with Canon EOS.
    I am considering the Orion Mini 50mm guide scope for guding. As default, Orion suggests the Starshoot Auto Guider as the camera. But this is about 280$.

    I have the Celestron NexImage and this is recognized by PHD Guide.

    Is it possible to use the NexImage with mini 50mm guide scope?
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    in a word - yes - if you can get it to focus on a star and show up in PHD then it's fine
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    I think you would have to shoe string this setup and that cable is $90 last time I checked. The laptop talks to the mount as the middle device.

    Camera -----laptop-----mount

    the Orion autoguider talks straight to the mount
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    If you are referring to GPUSB from Shoestring Astronomy for connection from PC to mount, you could get it for $50 from Astromart.

    SSAG, though it gives direct connectivity from camera to mount is pretty expensive, but before I go with the setup I am considering, I wanted to check whether there was anybody out there who had done something similar.
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    Default Re: Guide camera to use with Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope

    The only issue you might have with the NexImage is its sensitivity. As JenniferChristine said, if you can get it to focus on a star (and it will focus on the brightest ones) then you can use it. However, you may find that the SSAG is able to "see" more stars (especially if you've got light pollution issues) and is easier to use with your mount.

    Try the NexImage and tell us how it works. You can always upgrade later!

    ~~Aaron

 

 

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