Orion can guide you to better quality astrophotos, literally, with our Awesome
AutoGuider Refractor Telescope Package. This affordable and effective autoguiding
solution can be added to virtually any astrophotography system to improve guiding
accuracy so you get awesome astrophotos every time.
No matter what telescope you're using for long-exposure astrophotography, precise
guiding is an absolute requirement to get pinpoint star images. Using both a
dedicated autoguider device and guide scope telescope is arguably the best way
to optimize the accuracy of any astrophotography pursuit. Employing a complete
autoguiding setup is especially useful when going after images of faint deep-sky
objects when multiple lengthy exposures are required.
This complete Orion-exclusive package makes autoguiding easy, and its affordable
price is easy on your wallet. The Awesome AutoGuider package contains everything
you need to obtain precise tracking accuracy for your astrophotography setup.
Let's take a closer look at each of the included items:
Orion ShortTube 80 Refractor Telescope Optical Tube Assembly
The popular Orion ShortTube 80 refractor telescope is included for use as a
guide scope. With a short focal length of 400mm, the ShortTube 80 makes an ideal
guide scope since the fast f/5.0 optical tube provides an expansive wide field-of-view,
making guide star acquisition a breeze. With fully multi-coated optics and a
light weight of 2.4 lbs., the ShortTube 80 refractor has become a popular guide
scope thanks to its versatile design and no-nonsense performance.
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
The Orion 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. The sensor inside
the StarShoot AutoGuider is a high-resolution, 1/2" format 1.3-megapixel
CMOS monochrome chip, with 5.2µ x 5.2µ pixels for highly accurate
guiding. 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. Thanks
to the small pixel size, the highly accurate sensor makes the StarShoot AutoGuider
a perfect match with the short focal length ShortTube 80 refractor guide scope.
Orion 105mm ID Pair of Guide Scope Rings
The included set of two cast-metal rings are designed to hold the ShortTube
80 refractor and provide a wide range of alignment adjustment so the guide scope
can be aligned with your astrophotography telescope easily. Each Guide Scope
Ring features three non-marring nylon alignment screws for precise alignment
of guide scope without scratching.
Orion Guide Scope Ring Mounting Bar
The rigid anodized aluminum Guide Scope Ring Mounting Bar is included to attach
the entire Awesome AutoGuider Package to an astrophotography telescope. Attach
the Guide Scope Rings to the Mounting Bar with the included hardware and then
install the ShortTube 80 refractor into the Guide Scope Rings. Then couple the
entire Awesome AutoGuider package to your astrophotography telescope. Pre-drilled
through-holes allow easy attachment.
1.25" Orion Telescope Eyepiece Extension Tube
An anodized, machined aluminum 1.25" Orion Eyepiece Extension Tube is included
for extra focuser "back travel" on the ShortTube 80 refractor so focus
can be achieved easily.
With its total weight of just 4.5 lbs., the Orion Awesome Autoguider package
can easily be added to virtually any astro-imaging set-up without exceeding
your imaging-capable EQ mount's payload capacity. If you aspire to be an awesome
astrophotographer, get the affordable Orion Awesome AutoGuider Refractor Package
Not compatible with Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from
date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser
only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for
use by a child 12 years of age or younger.