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    Question Orion Starshoot Autoguider



    Hey guys, I know Trevor uses the Orion Starshoot Autoguider for autoguiding. Is this a good autoguider (Trevor)?

    Also are there cheaper alternatives (and are these almost as good)? What scope minimum can you use with the Orion Starshoot Autoguider?

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    As to cheaper I don't know 6 months ago you could buy one for $350 now they go for $420-470 depending on where you buy. (anyone else notice Bintel's prices are considerably more expensive than a number of other stores refer latest copy of S & T)

    They work refer link re article by Craig Stark (PHD guiding) on guide camera's that may help.

    http://www.starlight-xpress.co.uk/Lo...iderreview.pdf


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    Hi guys, I too am after an auto guider, I think. I have limited info on how the process works and was wondering if anybody could provide a link that will "enlighten" me as to how the whole process works. I want to be able to lock onto, say a galaxy that I want a photo of. I know that I need a certain amount of time to get the light to the sensor. I also know that If i just leave it pointing at a single spot, it ain't gunna work because of our rotation and our orbit around the sun. Could somebody please provide a link to an explanation (vid would be good). I'm pretty confident that somebody has asked this question before and even more confident somebody has answered it. Regards

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    I know a lot of folks who use Meade DSI's strictly for autoguiding. They can be picked up on places like A-Mart or Cloudy Nights for a couple hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter Saunders View Post
    Hi guys, I too am after an auto guider, I think. I have limited info on how the process works and was wondering if anybody could provide a link that will "enlighten" me as to how the whole process works.
    You probably aren't looking for an autoguider yet. It sounds like you need to familiarize yourself with equatorial mounts first. Check the stickies on the Telescope Mounts Forum for an introduction to the topic.

    An autoguider is an accessory for more advanced astrophotography. You can get quire respectable results without one, if you have a good equatorial mount and some practice aligning it.

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    Hi guys, have just placed my order for a Lodestar Autoguider. It should arrive in a couple of days. My supplier had one in stock, lucky , I think.
    Read a very good report on it (found it on the Starlight express site). It was tested and written by Craig Stark. Quite technical, but also informative. I struggled to find too many reports on Autoguiders (did I look hard enough??). Either way I was won over by its detail. I'm expecting it to be compatible with my HEQ5 Pro mount (please, please, be;-).

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    yes it will work with your eq5 pro - no problem -do you also have a guide scope or off axis guider?
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    you can try using an old DSI but need a shoe string cable. After you factor that cable cost its almost as much as a Orion SSAG. I use a 50mmx8 finder for my guide camera. For the galaxy areas I have about 6-8 stars to pick from. Within the milkyway I have closer to 20 to pick from. Thats a good lil camera!
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    Yes I have a guide scope. It is a Taiwanese made unit. I got it from my TAK supplier. I am currently using a clamshell to carry my TAK. I will make my own set of rings shortly for both units. I presume that To "piggyback" the guide scope is common practice. Or should I mount it off on the side. In which case I will made a plate to mount both. I have already made my own dovetail, because the one supplied with the HEQ5 was was just a cast unit and didn't like the way it was made (cast, Aluminium).

 

 

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