iOptron SkyGuider pro

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DCWZ
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iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by DCWZ » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:40 pm

Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone in Singapore has used an iOptron SkyGuider Pro? Would love to be able to test it out if anyone has them. I'm planning to get a light photography set-up, but that may run me rather close to the theoretical limit of the SGpro, hence it would be nice if I could have a feel of its capabilities. Do let me know if you use one, and please offer your opinions!

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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by IronDad » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:14 pm

Hi. I am considering SkyGuider Pro too. I checked the iOptron SmartEQ Pro+, is basically cheaper with full GOTO & German Equitorial Mount too. Hoping to receive feedback from the forum. Thanks.

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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by PETER LOO » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:38 pm

I just owned a Ioptron SkyGuider Pro recently, measured its Periodic Error at 40 + pk-pk but found it conflicting to my actual test, surprisingly, my actual test on Pollux for 2.5 mins shot at ISO 100 found stars to be as good for mount that is of 20 + pk-pk, don't know what went wrong.

ImagePollux J by Peter Loo, on Flickr

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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by PETER LOO » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:54 pm

No guiding for this, due to weight consideration, Alt Polar alignment done through putting Digital Level Meter on mount top surface, Az polar alignment was done through Meade 12 mm illuminated eyepiece this round (to simulate situation for forgetting to bring guide scope), so it was found to be a little to the West using PHD later. "Goto" using manual computation of Hour Angle and RA position obtained through Wiki for Pollux, Dec set to 28 - 1.35 deg before slewing to target.
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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by PETER LOO » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:00 pm

For EQ mounts that do not come with digital setting circle, an alternative way to search for deep sky object is to use "Digital Level Meter Circle setting". This required manual computation of Hour Angle H.A. in which: ((H.A. = LST - RA of the object)). LST implies Local Sidereal Time, RA implies Right Ascension. There is a hand phone app called "My Sidereal time" that can be downloaded. RA and Dec (Declination) of the object example, M45 is available from wiki. Dec need no computation, it is fixed. Dec Arm setting = Dec of object - current latitude for North Pointing.

Image20190330_235133 by Peter Loo, on Flickr

Image20190330_235909 by Peter Loo, on Flickr

Image20190330_235951 by Peter Loo, on Flickr

ImageOmega Centauri 30 Mar 2019 by Peter Loo, on Flickr

ImageSkyGuider Pro Guided RA by Peter Loo, on Flickr

ImageSkyGuider Pro Guided Dec by Peter Loo, on Flickr
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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by PETER LOO » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:04 pm

The above object is Omega Centauri, RA: 13h 26.43 m, Dec:-47.46 Deg. This time the mount is guided via a lighter guider set up.
SkyGuider Pro Dec arm is too weak for mounting all the above stuff without doing a proper modification, and attached items might just fall off if not careful.

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Re: iOptron SkyGuider pro

Post by PETER LOO » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:40 pm

Used a much heavier mount GPD2 with GOTO to capture Centaurus A from my 9th floor kitchen window facing South

ImageCentaurus A 05 Apr 2019 by Peter Loo, on Flickr

Mount: GPD2 with StarBook-S, guided by ZWO ASI-174M Mini.
Imaging Scope: TS APO Ttiplet 90mm / 600mm
Camera: Canon 500-D Baader Mod, ISO 800, 60s X 40 (with Orion Sky-Glow filter)

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