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Last Updated: 01/19/2019

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  #1

Celestron Wedge with HD Pro for CPC 8/9/11, Black (93664)

Model: 93664   |    Mpn: 93664   |    Ean: 0050234936644   |    PartNumber: 93664   |   Asin: B0040GXO8K

Celestron's HD Pro WEDGE is designed to support our fork mounted Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes up to 11". the HD Pro WEDGE provides a heavy duty, stable platform that is perfect for astroimaging and guarantees minimal vibration. A low latitude range of 0-90 Degree makes this WEDGE functional for use at the equatorial built-in features include altitude/azimuth adjustment controls with oversized knobs attached for easy polar alignment, a hand control holder that provides the option of placing on the WEDGE or the fork arm

Features

  • Celestron's HD Pro WEDGE is designed to Support our Fork mounted Schmidt cassegrain telescopes up to 11"
  • The HD Pro WEDGE provides a heavy duty, stable platform that is perfect for astroimaging and guarantees Minimal vibration
  • Heavy duty side plates - more Rigid with more material provides less vibration while Imaging.
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron Acquisition LLC

Item Dimensions: 17 x 12 x 25 inches (43.2 x 30.5 x 63.5 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 11.7 x 16.9 x 24.7 inches (29.7 x 42.9 x 62.7 cm)

Amazon Price: $349.95 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #2

Celestron Wedge with NexStar Evolution/SE, Black (93665)

Model: 93665   |    Mpn: 93665   |    Ean: 0050234936651   |    PartNumber: 93665   |   Asin: B018T2D2BY

The new WEDGE for nexstar evolution and SE 6/8 mounts turns our venerable single fork arm telescopes into portable astroimaging powerhouses. Our popular nexstar SE and our new nexstar evolution telescopes are great for astrophotography, however an EQ WEDGE is necessary to take longer exposure images, or to advance further and use an auto guider. Alta-az tracking keeps objects centered, but a long enough exposure will reveal they rotate in the field of view. Adding a WEDGE allows the mount to track equatorially, thereby eliminating field rotation. This WEDGE was re engineered from the ground-up, specifically tailored to the nexstar evolution and se s size and styling. Weight is minimal to keep the whole setup light and portable, yet the platform is sturdy to support taking long exposure astrophotos. Unlock the full imaging potential from your nexstar evolution or SE 6/8 mount with this new WEDGE!

Features

  • Equatorial WEDGE for Celestron nexstar 6/8sec and evolution alt-az mounted computerized telescopes
  • Enables long exposure astrophotography and auto guiding by tilting the telescope azimuth into an Equatorial platform allowing it to track an arc around the Polar axis.
  • For beginners to intermediate planetary and deep space Imagers
  • Captive hardware, tool-less operation, easily adjusts under Load
  • All new hefty yet portable design
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron Acquisition LLC

Item Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 24 inches (43.2 x 27.9 x 61.0 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 11.02 x 16.57 x 23.46 inches (28.0 x 42.1 x 59.6 cm)

Amazon Price: $279.00 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #3

Orion Magnificent Mini AutoGuider Package

Model: 24781   |    Mpn: 24781   |    Ean: 0759270247812   |    PartNumber: 24781   |   Asin: B00QAAZLMQ

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!

Features

  • Complete, compact, and easy-to-operate autoguiding system designed for precise astrophotographic guiding with instruments up to 1500mm focal length
  • Mini 50mm guide scope with bright, wide-field optics puts numerous potential guide stars in view so you'll never have to search for one!
  • Package includes the popular and easy to use Orion StarShoot AutoGuider - capable of subpixel guiding accuracy!
  • Adjustable-aim dovetail guide scope bracket installs on virtually any astrophotography telescope quickly and easily
  • Very small and compact autoguiding system adds hardly any weight to an astrophotography setup and can conveniently be stashed in an accessory case between uses
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Brand: ORION   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Amazon Price: $314.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #4

Orion 7381 105mm ID Pair of Guide Scope Rings

Model: 7381   |    Mpn: 7381   |    Ean: 0759270073817   |    PartNumber: 7381   |   Asin: B0000XMVOK

This pair of cast-metal rings of 105mm inner diameter attach to a mounting plate for use with Orion guide scopes of up to 80mm aperture. Each ring has three black nylon alignment screws, which will not scratch guide scope finish. Rings attach to mounting plate with two 1/4"-20 hex-head cap screws (included). A small wrench is also included.

Features

  • Two cast-metal rings designed to hold dedicated guide scopes up to 80mm in aperture for guided astrophotography pursuits
  • Each ring features three alignment screws for precise alignment of guide scope with telescope used for astrophotography
  • Interior diameter of each guide scope ring is 105mm - using with guide scopes up to 80mm provides ample alignment adjustment range
  • Non-marring nylon alignment screws will not scratch guide scope finish during alignment adjustments
  • Rings attach to guide scope ring mounting plate (sold separately) with two 1/4-20 hex-head cap screws (included)
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Package Dimensions: 3.5 x 7 x 7.5 inches (8.9 x 17.8 x 19.1 cm)

Amazon Price: $24.29 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #5

Celestron 93648 Deluxe Off-Axis Guider (Black)

Model: 93648   |    Mpn: 93648   |    Ean: 0050234936484   |    PartNumber: 93648   |   Asin: B00DSXW5OU

The Off-Axis Guider is an essential astroimaging accessory for long focal length telescopes that require the most accurate guiding possible. The Celestron Off-Axis Guider uses a prism to intercept a small portion of the telescope s focal plane (outside the field of view of the main imaging camera) to locate a guide star. Any movement seen by the guide star will be the exact same movement seen by the imaging camera. Guiding this way will correct for tracking errors, as well as opto-mechanical errors or flexure. The result: better astroimages with pinpoint round stars.

Features

  • Most accurate way to guide - improved accuracy compared to using a separate guide scope
  • 12.5mm multi-coated prism with aluminized backing for maximum reflectivity and illumination to the auto guider
  • Fixed-orientation helical focuser for easy, smooth and accurate auto guider focus
  • 48mm clear aperture supports full frame cameras without vignetting
  • Includes adapters with the correct spacing for DSLR cameras, Nightscape CCD and other popular astroimaging cameras
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 9 x 16 x 16 inches (22.9 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 3.9 x 7.6 x 7.7 inches (9.9 x 19.3 x 19.6 cm)

Amazon Price: $219.94 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #6

Orion Magnificent Mini Deluxe AutoGuider Package

Model: 24437   |    Mpn: 24437   |    Ean: 0759270244378   |    PartNumber: 24437   |   Asin: B004SFQ9QM

This complete, compact, and convenient autoguiding solution will help you acquire accurate astrophotos easily. Our compact, all-in-one autoguiding solution includes everything you need to enjoy enhanced accuracy in all your astrophotographs. Designed for use with imaging instruments up to 1500mm in focal length, the Magnificent Mini Deluxe AutoGuider package includes a 50mm guide scope featuring a precise helical focuser, StarShoot AutoGuider, dovetail mounting base, and a small adapter plate. The 50mm aperture, 162mm focal length (f/3.2) Deluxe Mini Guide Scope features fully multi-coated achromatic optics and a precise, machined helical focus mechanism to allow for faster, more precise focusing of potential guide stars. The Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope's machined and anodized helical focuser has a fixed-orientation design that will not rotate the installed StarShoot AutoGuider or similar device during focus adjustments. This ensures the field of potential guide stars will not rotate when focus adjustments are made. You'll never have to search for potential guide stars thanks to the Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope's bright and wide field-of-view. Our popular StarShoot AutoGuider features a 1.2" format 1.3MP CMOS sensor with 5.2 x 5.2 micron sized pixels for accurate guiding performance. The dovetail guide scope bracket omits the need for a piggyback oriented guide scope system which can be a hassle to install and balance.

Features

  • Complete, compact, and easy-to-operate autoguiding system designed for precise astrophotographic guiding with instruments up to 1500mm focal length
  • Included Deluxe Mini 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser allows you to focus guide stars precisely for optimal results
  • This complete autoguiding solution includes the popular and easy to use Orion StarShoot AutoGuider - capable of subpixel guiding accuracy!
  • Adjustable-aim dovetail guide scope bracket installs on virtually any astrophotography telescope quickly and easily
  • Very small and compact autoguiding system adds hardly any weight to an astrophotography setup and can conveniently be stashed in an accessory case between uses
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Brand: ORION   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Amazon Price: $341.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #7

Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Astro Package with Free Star Adventurer Counterweight Kit

Model: Star Adventurer Astro   |    Mpn: S20510 KIT   |    Ean: 0192223042261   |    PartNumber: S20510 KIT   |   Asin: B07FP2FGFL

The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is a user-friendly and multi-function mount to satisfy all your needs for astronomy, astrophotography and time-lapse photography. It is a high precision, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control. Also, it contains preprogrammed parameters assisting you to create interesting time-lapse videos with your DSLR. The Astro Package includes the Star Adventurer mount, polar scope illuminator, and dec bracket. Optional EQ base is available. OTA, Tripod are not included Star Adventurer Counterweight Kit For those looking to mount heavier cameras, lenses or telescopes the Star Adventurer counter weight kit is a must. In order to provide smooth tracking and less stress on the mount's motor the counter weight kit allows you to counter balance your payload. With the counter weight kit you can take the Star Adventurer to its maximum payload of 11lbs. For those using heavy full frame camera with popular 200, 300 or 400mm lenses the counter weight kit is a must.

Features

  • Star Adventurer multi-function mount - Polar scope illuminator - Dec bracket - Star Adventurer Counterweight Kit
  • Multiple preprogrammed speeds - Perfect for time-lapse photography, wide-angle astrophotography and astronomical tracking
  • Tracking rate selectable between Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Built in polar scope with illuminator - For exceptionally accurate tracking and long-exposure astrophotography
  • Ultimate Portability - A compact system that easily converts from a tracking photo mount to a grab-and-go EQ astronomical mount
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Brand: Sky Watcher   |   Manufacturer: Sky-Watcher

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  #8

Orion 52064 StarShoot AutoGuider

Model: 52064   |    Mpn: 52064   |    Ean: 0759270520649   |    PartNumber: 52064   |   Asin: B001EPND18

The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider's sensor is a high-resolution, 1/2" format 1.3-megapixel CMOS monochrome chip, with 5.2 micro x 5.2 micro pixels for highly accurate guiding. That high accuracy due to the small pixel size means you can use the AutoGuider with smaller, less expensive guide scopes than is possible with other guide cameras. The chip resides in a super-compact, anodized aluminum housing that measures just 2.5" wide by 2.35" long and weighs a mere 4.4 oz. It has a 1.25" nosepiece that can be removed to access a T-thread interface. The AutoGuider's short inward focus requirement of only 15mm from a typical 1.25" Plossl eyepiece makes it compatible with virtually any telescope. The incredible ease of use will appeal to beginning and experienced astrophotographers alike. The included software requires no previous knowledge of autoguiding. It offers automatic calibration and guiding with literally a single mouse click. The camera is powered via your computer's high-speed USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 connection with the included 10' USB cable; no other power source is needed. A 6' RJ-12 cable is also included to connect the AutoGuider to the mount without the need for an additional RS-232 adapter. With the StarShoot AutoGuider, precision autoguiding for deep-sky astrophotography is now easier and more economical than ever. Get one today for your imaging setup! One-year limited warranty. Requires PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or Windows 10 Operating Systems.

Features

  • A refreshingly easy-to-use and affordable autoguider for accurate long-exposure astrophotography. Now Mac compatible with Intel-based Mac computers!
  • StarShoot AutoGuider keeps track of a selected guide star and communicates constantly with connected equatorial telescope mount to correct any tracking errors throughout long exposure astrophotography sessions
  • Uses a 1/2 format 1.3MP CMOS chip, with tiny 5.2 x 5.2 micron pixels for highly accurate autoguiding so your astrophotos feature pinpoint star images
  • Included software offers automatic calibration and autoguiding with a single mouse click
  • Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8 Operating Systems. Not compatible with Windows 10.
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Package Dimensions: 4.7 x 6.4 x 6.4 inches (11.9 x 16.3 x 16.3 cm)

Amazon Price: $269.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #9

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope, Mount Only

Model: SkyTracker Pro   |    Mpn: 3322   |    PartNumber: 3322   |   Asin: B07MDXJ4X8

Introducing The Skytracker Pro - iOptron's Next Generation Camera Tracking Device! Upgraded from SkyTracker, the Pro is more compact, small enough to fit on your palm, better precision, silent tracking, it even has a built-in rechargeable power source that runs for up to 24 hours of continuous operation. The improved precision polar scope maintains a fine engraved reticule, now features adjustable illumination with eight brightness levels. Using with iOptron smart phone app, quick and accurate polar alignment is just a joy. The SkyTracker Pro features four tracking rates, 1X or sidereal, 1/2X for sky and landscape, solar and lunar. All 4 tracking rates work in both northern and southern hemispheres. All metal structure with ABS covers Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8" or 1/4" threads Accepts cameras weighing up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs) Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures Detachable alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment Reversible mounting post for both 3/8" and 1/4" threaded ball head mounting Includes iOptron AccuAlign dark-field illuminated polar scope Adjustable polar scope illumination with eight brightness levels 4 tracking speed (1X, 1/2X, solar and lunar). 1X celestial tracking for imaging the sky and stars; 1/2X tracking speed for imaging both the starry night and the landscapes at the same time Quick sle

Features

  • iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount with Polar Scope - Alt-azi Base (Installed) - AccuAlign Dark Field Illuminated Polar Scope - Brass 3/8" and 1/4" Threaded Ball Head Mounting Post (Installed) - Padded Carry Bag - Micro USB Charging Cable - (Ballhead Not Included 3305A) - iOptron 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Mount: Ultra compact single axis EQ
  • Body material: Die-cast aluminum with ABS cover
  • RA shaft: 25mm dia., steel
  • Worm wheel: 74mm dia., 144 teeth aluminum alloy
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Brand: iOptron   |   Manufacturer: iOptron

Amazon Price: $299.00 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #10

iOptron 1kg (2.2lbs) Counterweight for SmartEQ and SmartEQ Pro Mounts, White

Model: 4332013247   |    Mpn: 3106-02   |    PartNumber: 3106-02   |   Asin: B00TRS0K56

The iOptron 1kg (2.2lbs) White Counterweight is ideal for SmartEQ and SmartEQ Pro mounts. Once a counterweight shaft is attached to mount the counterweight can be moved and locked in place for optimal telescope balance. It will also fit onto a counterweight shaft with a diameter of 16mm.

Features

  • iOptron 1kg (2.2lbs) Counterweight - iOptron 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Compatibility: SmartEQ and SmartEQ Pro Mounts
  • Diameter: Outer: 3 / 76.2mmInner: 0.63 / 16mm
  • Height: 1 / 25.4mm
  • Weight: 1kg / 2.2lbs
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Brand: iOptron   |   Manufacturer: iOptron

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  #11

LPI-G Advanced Lunar Planetary Imager and Guider - Color

Model: 645003   |    Mpn: 645003   |    Ean: 0709942999419   |    PartNumber: 645003   |   Asin: B07BFH1DRR

The LPI-G advanced allows the user to experience Our universe on a whole new level with meade's advanced solar, lunar, and planetary guide camera.

Features

  • Cmos-sony IMX178 image sensor
  • 6.3 megapixels (3072x2048)
  • 1.25 Nosepiece, C-mount
  • Can be Used for auto-guiding, or astrophotography of solar system objects
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 2.36 x 5.91 x 6.5 inches (6.0 x 15.0 x 16.5 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 2.36 x 5.91 x 6.5 inches (6.0 x 15.0 x 16.5 cm)

First Available: 2019-01-16

Amazon Price: $379.00 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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Warranty: N/A

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  #12

Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base Combo Kit with Counterweight

Model: Latitude (EQ) Base   |    Mpn: S20530 K   |    PartNumber: S20530 K   |   Asin: B075V719WY

The Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base provides a smooth and reliable way to polar align your mount. With internal gearing the Latitude Base makes aligning to the north celestial pole easy and repeatable. The Latitude Base features a V-style dovetail system and mounting block. The mounting block threads on the Star Adventurer and allows you to quickly mount or dismount your Star Adventurer to the Latitude Base. The Base also features latitude degree markers to easily adjust the Star Adventurer to the correct placement. Underneath the Base is a 3/8 thread which can mount to many of todays popular photo tripods. Star Adventurer Counterweight Kit For those looking to mount heavier cameras, lenses or telescopes the Star Adventurer counter weight kit is a must. In order to provide smooth tracking and less stress on the mount's motor the counter weight kit allows you to counter balance your payload. With the counter weight kit you can take the Star Adventurer to its maximum payload of 11lbs. For those using heavy full frame camera with popular 200, 300 or 400mm lenses the counter weight kit is a must.

Features

  • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base - Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Counterweight Kit
  • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base Combo Kit with Counterweight
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Brand: Sky Watcher   |   Manufacturer: Sky-Watcher

Amazon Price: $89.95 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #13

Orion 5521 Deluxe Off-Axis Guider for Astrophotography

Model: 5521   |    Mpn: 5521   |    Ean: 7044447838256   |    PartNumber: 5521   |   Asin: B001JTW1QW

Designed for deep-sky imaging with Schmidt-Cassegrain and refractor telescopes, the Orion Deluxe Off-Axis Guider lets you image and guide simultaneously through a single telescope. This also eliminates tracking problems such as differential flexure and mirror shift that commonly occur when using a separate guide scope. The imaging camera sees the same movement the autoguider sees, resulting in highly accurate tracking for pinpoint stars. Prism tilt adjustment with captive thumbscrew and more than 100 degrees of radial movement allow for easy guide star acquisition. Coarse and helical fine focus adjustments make focusing easy and accurate. The Orion Deluxe Off-Axis Guider can be used with most imaging cameras, including DSLRs, and telescopes with sufficient inward focus travel (requires 59mm). Three different lengths of threaded T-extensions are included (7mm, 17mm, 30mm) to accomodate different camera/guider combinations. Not recommended for use with Newtonian reflectors due to their limited focus travel. One-year warranty.

Features

  • Orion's Deluxe Off-Axis Guider lets you image and guide simultaneously through the same astrophotography telescope, eliminating the need for a separate guide scope
  • Eliminates tracking problems caused by using a separate guide scope such as differential flexure and mirror shift, and also helps reduce imaging setup time and overall weight
  • Compatible with astrophotography autoguiders that feature T-threads or a 1.25 nosepiece, as well as 1.25 illuminated reticle eyepieces
  • Attaches to any 2 telescope focuser via the included 2 nosepiece, or onto any T-thread equipped rear-cell. Includes T-extensions of three different lengths (7mm, 17mm, and 30mm) to accommodate different camera/guider combinations
  • Features prism tilt adjustment and more than 100 degrees of radial adjustment for easy guide star location. Requires a minimum of 59mm inward focus travel
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Item Dimensions: 3 x 5.8 x 6.7 inches (7.6 x 14.7 x 17.0 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 3 x 5.8 x 6.7 inches (7.6 x 14.7 x 17.0 cm)

Amazon Price: $49.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #14

Meade Instruments 8-Inch Equatorial Wedge for 8-Inch LX200-Series Telescope

Model: 7002   |    Mpn: 7002   |    Ean: 0709942000108   |    PartNumber: 7002   |   Asin: B0001DZ8U8

For 8-Inch LX200-Series. A long exposure necessity. An Equatorial Wedge is for exposures longer than about 5 minutes (under 5 minutes, a wedge is not necessary). A wedge permits precise polar alignment of your telescope in equatorial mode (compared to Alt/Az mode). This eliminates field rotation in long-exposure photographs by allowing you to align the telescope s axis of rotation with the Earth s axis of rotation. Die cast aluminum wedges include fine adjusters, no-tool knobs, and a compass for faster aligning on the pole. Choose the appropriate 8-Inch EQ Wedge or our extra heavy duty Ultra-Wedge.

Features

  • Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge for LX200 / LX200GPS Series, and LX10, LX50 & 2080 Scopes.
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.9 x 8 inches (31.8 x 25.1 x 20.3 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 14.02 x 14.29 x 14.41 inches (35.6 x 36.3 x 36.6 cm)

First Available: 2018-12-10

Amazon Price: $189.00 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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List Price: $222.00

Warranty: Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

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  #15

Orion 05531 Thin Off-Axis Guider for Astrophotography (Black)

Model: 5531   |    Mpn: 5531   |    Ean: 7337331795736   |    PartNumber: 5531   |   Asin: B00E4F36AS

Add auto guiding accuracy to any astrophotography setup with the affordable Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider. This versatile accessory lets you image and guide through a single telescope without the need for a separate guide scope! Its thin, 10.5mm profile makes the Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider a unique and versatile offering to today's astrophotographers. It's ideal for use with Newtonian reflector telescopes which have limited back focus travel. Until now, astrophotographers who used Newtonian reflector telescopes had to use a separate guide scope to add auto guiding accuracy to their images. With the convenient Thin Off-Axis Guider, you can guide and capture astrophotos using one telescope - no guide scope required! Using the Thin Off-Axis Guider for Astrophotography will help you save time and reduce the weight and bulk of your imaging system while eliminating pesky tracking errors. Designed for use with the Orion Star Shoot Auto Guider (sold separately) and similar small-chip auto guiding devices, the Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider features lateral adjustment capability which can effectively double the prism's width for increased versatility. This handy astrophotography accessory comes with a host of useful adapters including a C-mount to T-threads adapter, Canon DSLR bayonet adapter, Camera T-adapter, ultra-thin M48 male to T-adapter female adapter, 3mm Coma-Corrector spacer, 18mm spacer, and a 2 inch nosepiece. Thanks to these included adapters, the Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider for Astrophotography will work with many imaging systems right out of the box. Whether you use a Newtonian astrograph, Schmidt-Cassegrain, or other telescope for your astrophotographic pursuits, get the Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider for Astrophotography and start enjoying increased accuracy in your photos of the cosmos!

Features

  • Delightfully thin off-axis guider ideal for use with Newtonian reflector telescopes and DSLR cameras
  • Lets you guide and capture astrophotos simultaneously through one telescope. No guide scope required!
  • 10.5mm thickness perfect for use with Newtonian reflectors which have limited back focus travel
  • Will not interfere with the use of coma correctors thanks to its thin profile
  • Compensates for any existing flexures that may interfere with accurate guiding and tracking
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Optronic Technologies, Inc

Item Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.75 x 3 inches (8.9 x 4.4 x 7.6 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 2.9 x 5.3 x 5.9 inches (7.4 x 13.5 x 15.0 cm)

Amazon Price: $116.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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List Price: $129.99

Warranty: One year

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  #16

Olivon Off-Axis Guider, Black

Model: OLOAG-US   |    Mpn: GUIDER   |    Ean: 7340076992049   |    PartNumber: GUIDER   |   Asin: B00CHGMIEQ

Olivon Off-Axis Guider. Ultra-low profile - only 15mm thick. The new Olivon Off-Axis Guider is one of the lowest profile off-axis guiders. Despite this, no compromise has been made between the function and operating comfort of this versatile off-axis guider. There is no mechanical flexure. The mount load is dramatically reduced. There is no need for a guide scope and the setup remains very compact. You work with the main telescope's resolution and focal length, not with the typically lower resolution of a guide scope. The ultra-low profile design and the various available adaptations offer many unique advantages. The Olivon Off-Axis Guider can be used with correctors, DSLR and CCD cameras without losing tolerance for the distance between camera and corrector. The Olivon Off-Axis Guider also provides enough space for filter wheels or filter drawers.

Features

  • Unique design
  • Ultra-low profile - only 15mm thick
  • No mechanical flexure
  • Wide variety of adaptation options on either side
  • Adjustable prism position
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Brand: Olivon   |   Manufacturer: Olivon

Item Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 12 inches (12.7 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 2 x 3.9 x 6.9 inches (5.1 x 9.9 x 17.5 cm)

Amazon Price: $103.24 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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  #17

iOptron 9.5kg Counterweight for iEQ45 and CEM60

 Ean: 0680666154820   |    PartNumber: 7226   |   Asin: B07KYVWB5V

Weight: 9.5 kg (21 lbs.) Outer diameter: 5.78" (147 mm) Inner diameter: 1.11" (28.28 mm) Height: 2.95" (75mm)

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Brand: iOptron   |   Manufacturer: iOptron

Package Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 10 inches (12.7 x 22.9 x 25.4 cm)

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  #18

iOptron CEM25P Center-Balanced GoTo Equatorial Mount with 2" Tripod and Hard Case

Model: CEM25P with Tripod & Case   |    Mpn: 7102P-HC   |    Ean: 0192223068247   |    PartNumber: 7102P-HC   |   Asin: B07KQP1MF4

The next step up of CEM25 - Low Periodic Error CEM25P! The CEM25P has all of the features of the CEM25 and now has a guaranteed low periodic error of approx. +/- 10 Arc seconds or less. The improved tracking accuracy is a product of tighter production tolerances. It also features larger gear switches on both axes, making access and adjustment easier especially with light gloves on.The Center-balanced Equatorial Mount (CEM), a mount whisper quiet and light weight, uses up to 60% less GOTO power consumption than other mounts in category.The "Z" design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the "Z" designed mount is unusually light, a nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft.The CEM25P is equipped with the latest advanced GOTONOVA GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 150,000+ objects. The Go2Nova Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.

Features

  • CEM25P Mount - Hand controller (HC) Go2Nova 8408 - 2" Tripod with Accessory Tray - Counterweight (10.4 lbs/4.7 kg) - Counterweight Shaft - Polar Scope LED Cable - 2 x Controller Cables - RS232-RJ9 Serial Cable - AC Adapter (100-240V) - Hard Case - iOptron 2 Year Limited Warranty
  • A new design Center-Balanced equatorial mount for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
  • Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate Astro-photographers
  • Low periodic error (+/- 10 arc seconds)
  • Payload of 27 lbs (12.3 kg) with the mount-only weight of 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
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Brand: iOptron   |   Manufacturer: iOptron

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Meade Instruments Lunar Planetary Imager - Guider, Monochrome (645002)

Model: 645002   |    Mpn: 645002   |    Ean: 0709942997798   |    PartNumber: 645002   |   Asin: B01IA6LACC

Let the Monochrome Lunar, Planetary Imager and Guider (LPI-G) unleash the inner astrophotographer in you The LPI-G is an excellent camera for auto-guiding and solar system astrophotography. With their solar, lunar and planetary guide camera, experience the universe on a whole new level. Lightweight and portable, LPI-G comes with a1280 x 960 pixel CMOS sensor with the ability of capturing 28 frames per second at full resolution. This camera has a USB 2.0 connection and ST-4 guider port for easy connection to the mount. CMOS - AR130 Monochrome Image Sensor Can be used for auto-guiding or astrophotography of solar system objects 1.25" Nosepiece and C-mount 1.2 Mega pixels (1280x960) 3.75 x 3.75 micron pixel sizeThe LPI-G also includes USB cable, software drivers, ASCOM drivers and image capture and processing software. The LPI-G has a CMOS AR 130 monochrome image sensor with 3.75 x 3.75 micron pixel size. Has 28 frames per second at 1280x960 and 30 frames per second at 640x480. Accessories include USB 2.0 cable, ST-4 guide cable (2.0m) and a C-mount and a 1.25" nosepiece. Also includes the Meade Sky Capture software CD. Minimum requirements for Sky Capture Operating System: Windows (32 & 64 bit) Vista/XP/7/8/10 Processor: Intel Core2 2.8 GHz equivalent or higher Memory: 2GB or highe

Features

  • CMOS - AR130 Monochrome Image Sensor
  • Can be used for auto-guiding, or astrophotography of solar system objects
  • 1.25-Inch Nosepiece and C-mount
  • 1.2 Mega pixels (1280x960)
  • 3.75 x 3.75 micron pixel size
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches (7.1 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 2.36 x 6.5 x 9.91 inches (6.0 x 16.5 x 25.2 cm)

First Available: 2018-12-10

Amazon Price: $149.00 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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List Price: $199.95 | Used Price: $112.70

Warranty: One Year

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Astromania Off-Axis Guider with Micro-Focusing - for Successful Astronomy Photos Without A Guide Scope

Model: SKU_AM_ZGHDO   |    Mpn: SKU_AM_ZGHDO   |    Ean: 6970019292380   |    PartNumber: SKU_AM_ZGHDO   |   Asin: B01B2OR8QG

Astromania Off-Axis Guider with Micro-Focusing - For Successful Astronomy Photos without A Guide Scope

Why it is sometimes better to take pictures with an off-axis guider?
With an off-axis guider, perfect astrophotography is virtually in your grasp. Long exposure photos require precise tracking, which is the specialty of this guider, making it one of the necessary tools for astrophotography. You will soon have the most beautiful astronomy photos in the bag!

The connections:
Easy to adapt - the Omegon off-axis guider has an M48 thread on the telescope side and an additional socket for 2 inch eyepieces. The accessory has three screws and a flat M48 adapter for connecting your camera. The advantage - you can rotate your camera at any time and find the optimum orientation for the astronomical object you are exposing.

Exact micro-focusing with 10mm travel - for auto-guider or crosshair eyepiece:
A small prism directs light into the control unit of your guider- into a 1.25-inch helical focuser. Now insert your auto-guider (an automatic tracking camera) or a crosshair eyepiece. With the generous 10mm of travel allows you will find the optimum sharpness for your guide star. Impressive - this special helical focuser can be adjusted to 0.05mm using the super fine scale. So you can always find the precise focus point very quickly.

Guide scope or off-axis guider?
For many, this is a matter of preference. But there is actually more to it than that. For longer exposures, the movement of the guide scope and telescope optics can be minimized - especially with mirror telescopes. An off-axis guider elegantly solves this task - as there is only one beam path and therefore no offset involved.

Features

  • An off-axis guider is a brilliant invention. This device sits in the 2-inch focuser in front of the camera. A small prism directs a little light from the telescope into a separate tube - where your guide camera or crosshair eyepiece is attached. This makes it possible to instantly correcting any tracking errors during the extended period over which your camera is exposing the image - for perfectly round stars!
  • The advantages: 1) lets you take beautiful astronomy photos with round stars. 2) for refractors, SCs, MAKs and RC telescopes. 3) off-axis guider only 24mm in overall length - very compact. 4) robust yet light. 5) 45mm optical transmission - full illumination, even with large chips. 6) micro-focusing - especially smooth helical focusing with 0.05mm accuracy. 7) 75mm of back focus.
  • The connections: Easy to adapt - the Astromania off-axis guider has an M48 thread on the telescope side and an additional socket for 2 inch eyepieces. The accessory has three screws and a flat M48 adapter for connecting your camera. The advantage - you can rotate your camera at any time and find the optimum orientation for the astronomical object you are exposing.
  • Exact micro-focusing with 10mm travel - for auto-guider or crosshair eyepiece: A small prism directs light into the control unit of your guider- into a 1.25-inch helical focuser. Now insert your auto-guider or a crosshair eyepiece. With the generous 10mm of travel allows you will find the optimum sharpness for your guide star. Impressive - this special helical focuser can be adjusted to 0.05mm using the super fine scale. So you can always find the precise focus point very quickly.
  • With an off-axis guider, perfect astrophotography is virtually in your grasp. Long exposure photos require precise tracking, which is the specialty of this guider, making it one of the necessary tools for astrophotography. You will soon have the most beautiful astronomy photos in the bag!
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Brand: Astromania   |   Manufacturer: Astromania

Item Dimensions: 3.33 x 3.57 x 6.02 inches (8.5 x 9.1 x 15.3 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 3.19 x 3.5 x 5.98 inches (8.1 x 8.9 x 15.2 cm)

Amazon Price: $209.99 | as of 01/19/2019(3:00pm pst)
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