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    Default Skyguider Pro OR SmartEQ Pro



    Hello everyone,

    I am new to this forum (any forum related to astronomy), and this is my 1st ever post here. I am having having Nikon D5200 and 4" Reflector telescope. I have photographed many pictures of Sunspots, Venus transit, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter moons, Moon craters etc, but at beginner's level. Also I had always wished to photograph milky-way and some deep sky objects using my DSLR. I tried twice to build barn door star tracker but have never been so successful. Now I don't want to wait anymore. I googled out some nice trackers and have found out 2 trackers that fits in my budget. I want something sturdy and with weight bearing capacity, so have excluded iOptron SkyTracker mount.

    iOptron SmartEQ Pro & iOptron Skyguider Pro
    (non-goto camera mount+ star tracker vs goto camera mount+star tracker)

    My question is which one is better, and helpful even for future when I want to use 4"-5" telescope for deep sky objects. SmartEQ Pro (SEQP) is cheaper than Skyguider Pro (SGP), but offers GOTO function, and also it has some clutch mechanism to freely rotate it! Skyguider pro too appeals to me, but lacks GOTO function. Here I am splitted, and need your help/suggestion. If you know any other similar and better mount, please let me know. My budget is around $500.

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    Default Re: Skyguider Pro OR SmartEQ Pro

    Link to both in question above...

    SmartEQ Pro: https://www.ioptron.com/product-p/3200.htm

    Skyguider Pro: SkyGuider<sup>TM</sup> Pro Camera Mount Full Package

    hope it will help you more to help me in choosing my 1st star tracker.

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    Default Re: Skyguider Pro OR SmartEQ Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by pinakoza View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I am new to this forum (any forum related to astronomy), and this is my 1st ever post here. I am having having Nikon D5200 and 4" Reflector telescope. I have photographed many pictures of Sunspots, Venus transit, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter moons, Moon craters etc, but at beginner's level. Also I had always wished to photograph milky-way and some deep sky objects using my DSLR. I tried twice to build barn door star tracker but have never been so successful. Now I don't want to wait anymore. I googled out some nice trackers and have found out 2 trackers that fits in my budget. I want something sturdy and with weight bearing capacity, so have excluded iOptron SkyTracker mount.

    iOptron SmartEQ Pro & iOptron Skyguider Pro
    (non-goto camera mount+ star tracker vs goto camera mount+star tracker)

    My question is which one is better, and helpful even for future when I want to use 4"-5" telescope for deep sky objects. SmartEQ Pro (SEQP) is cheaper than Skyguider Pro (SGP), but offers GOTO function, and also it has some clutch mechanism to freely rotate it! Skyguider pro too appeals to me, but lacks GOTO function. Here I am splitted, and need your help/suggestion. If you know any other similar and better mount, please let me know. My budget is around $500.
    Pinakoza,

    I have both trackers and indeed, both will support up to 5Kg, i.e., more than the SkyTracker. The SmartEQ Pro is actually a full GoTo EQ mount but at a very basic entry level, and I don't think I would want to put your 4" reflector on it. For that matter, in all your solar system photos, did you attach your camera lens to the telescope eyepiece? For DSOs, we normally skip the eyepiece and directly connect the camera body to the focuser tube in prime focus mode. I've never imaged with a Newtonian before, but from what I hear, you might face back-focus issues with it.

    Do note that with trackers, the purpose is to shoot wide field with a camera and a lens rather than with a telescope. This is largely due to low load capacities, and tracking errors that are amplified as your field of view gets narrower, and the subjects are magnified.

    I normally use the SkyGuider Pro with my lenses and only take out the SmartEQ Pro when I want to use a tiny 65mm refractor telescope. The GoTo function is a really nice thing to have when you first start out with practically no knowledge of the night sky, but over time you may or may not depend less on it. The one advantage the SkyGuider Pro has is its internal Li-Ion or Li-Polymer battery that will last easily through the night. The SmartEQ Pro has a battery compartment has well which I don't use - I prefer an external 12V battery pack.

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    Default Re: Skyguider Pro OR SmartEQ Pro

    Skyguider pro all the way. I owned a smart eg pro and it was not good. Stay away from them. My skyguider pro worked perfect right out of the box. It's made very well. Much better than the Skywatcher equivalent. Much less plastic. I'm very happy with it.
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    Thank you Roger for such a detailed answer. I usually use 300mm telephoto lens to shoot larger objects like Sun and Moon, but had photographed planets back in 2004 using webcam attached with my 4" reflector. Recently I have not shot anything with my reflector as it was in India for many years ever since I moved to Toronto.

    2 months ago, I brought it back, when I visited India. But as you said, I understand the limits of both the trackers, so I wish to do photography with DSLR only. With Telescope, I bought telescope adapter for my DSLR camera, but the problem is that focuser is so long that the image from prime mirror focuses much in front of the camera sensor .

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    Yes after looking at so many responses in favor of Skyguider Pro, I am planning to go for it
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    Default Re: Skyguider Pro OR SmartEQ Pro

    Ultimately I bought SKYWATCHER STAR ADVENTURE ASTRO PACKAGE
    Getting delivered soon from Alberta in a week

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    Meanwhile I made my Astro-Webcamera and shot some videos of Saturn and Moon; will share them soon. Here are the pics of my simple 1000mm FL Telescope (100mm mirror/aperture) and webcam attached over 25mm lens through 4x barlow. Webcam used is Logitech C270.
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    Hello,

    I received my Sky Watcher Star Adventure mount 4 days ago . Its really a nice mount, like something that I always wished to buy
    Today I updated it with advanced firmware and also printed+installed new advanced dial in it. 2 days ago, at Lakeshore Toronto, I shot this picture with Moon in the field. I stacked about 5 pics, but failed to produce good result. But then I just tweaked the single jpeg picture and produced this from the original one. Also I compared the same with Stellarium and found that my pic was much better than what Stellarium simulated :-). Sharing all 3 pics. My 1st ever long exposure pic using the tracker mount.
    001.jpg002.jpg003-Stellarium.jpg003-Stellarium.jpg

 

 
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