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    Default 80mm guidscope for an 80mm telescope??



    Does that sound odd to anyone else?

    I've pretty much settled on purchasing the Orion ED80T with a decent mount, and since my focus will be AP, I've been looking at auto guiding solutions. I've recently come across the LVI SmartGuider 2, and it appears to be exactly what I need. However, from what I've read here and elsewhere, it needs at least an 8th magnitude star to guide from, and a 1.25" eyepiece holder to attach to. To me that means I need another telescope to guide from. Am I wrong in thinking this? Is there a finderscope out there that would work for this guiding solution?

    I'm just imagining a ED80T guided by a ShortTube 80, and how weird that would look...

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    I'm actually going to be running the exact same setup. I have the LVI camera currently connected to a 50mm finder as a guidescope, however the limited range of motion available to find a suitable guidestar makes it a bit of a pain to use sometimes. I'm going to order the orion 80mm short refractor and mount it on my Vixen and use that as a guidescope.
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    At least I'm not being silly. That's quite comforting. How are you planning to mount both scopes on the Atlas?

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    I'm just going to piggyback the guidescope on an additional rail I'm going to add ontop of the Vixen. For now I'm going to go cheap and use the adjustable guidescope rings, however next month I plan to upgrade to the Skywatcher guidescope mount so I can use rigid rings and as well as use it as a piggyback mount for my DSLR.
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    You need either an additional telescope------ or a much more expensive CCD camera with two CCD chips -- one of them is used to guide using only one telescope.

    Orion sells an 80mm scope and a guide camera and mount as a special deal--
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    That's probably what I'm going to do too Jason. Thanks for the link Joe. After seeing that setup at Orion I was able to find the rail and the rings I'll need for the ST80. I'd go with Orion's guiding solution, but I'd rather not take my laptop out in the field, so I've been looking at other solutions. The Celestron Nexguide looked like a winner, until I read the forums, and realized some people were having problems with it, and it didn't seem to be very user friendly. The LVI SmartGuider 2 appears to be a better solution for me.

 

 

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