Employing the use of both a dedicated autoguider and guide scope is arguably the best way to optimize the accuracy of any astrophotography pursuit. In the recent past however, this enhanced imaging precision came with a very hefty price tag. Just a few short years ago, a dedicated autoguider could easily cost more than many astrograph-quality telescopes. To make matters worse, most guide scopes of the recent past were prohibitively long, bulky, and difficult to align with repeatable accuracy. Today, thanks to technological progress and the availability of the highly sensitive yet affordable Orion StarShoot AutoGuider, astrophotographers can enjoy accurate imaging results without emptying their pockets. With a sensitive autoguider like the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider, any astrophotographer can enjoy optimized imaging precision by using a small-aperture guide scope with a much shorter focal length than the unwieldy instruments of the past. Along these lines, Orion is proud to announce our latest affordable autoguiding innovation - the Magnificent Mini AutoGuider!... Learn MoreModel#: 24781
Autoguiding has revolutionized the capture of deep-sky images by mechanizing the tedious and tiring method of "manually" guiding an exposure, which involved staring endlessly into an illuminated reticle eyepiece while tweaking your mount's electronic drive controls by hand to keep the stars pinpoint sharp. Until now, the problem has always been the lack of a simple, affordable autoguider camera to do the job. Problem solved.... Learn MoreModel#: 52064
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With the Orion X-Y Guidestar Finder you won't have to. It enables you to move the autoguider (or guiding telescope eyepiece) around within the guide telescope's focal plane, bringing more potential guide stars into view and speeding up the process of guide star acquisition. In fact, it obviates the need for adjustable tube rings altogether, eliminating a potential source of image-ruining flexure. With the Orion X-Y Guidestar Finder, you can use fixed tube rings for your guide scope instead — a much more secure configuration.
Anyone who uses a separate guide scope in their imaging setup will benefit from the Orion X-Y Guidestar Finder. Its precision X-Y fine-adjustment knobs provide lateral travel of up to 1.1 inches. The unit's 1.25" barrel fits into the guide scope's focuser. An optional 2" barrel is also available (#5270), which allows a wider range of adjustment. The guide camera nosepiece or guiding telescope eyepiece attaches via a 1.25" barrel with a thumbscrew lock.... Learn MoreModel#: 52061