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Orion SteadyStar Adaptive Optics Guider for DSLR/CCD Cameras

SKU: ONSAOG MFR: 53076
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The Orion SteadyStar Adaptive Optics Guider for DSLR/CCD Cameras makes any imaging-capable mount, even a modest one, perform more effectively. Precise tracking is one of the most critical facets of astrophotography and this tracking is limited to the accuracy of your mount, plus external factors like wind and atmospheric seeing conditions. The SteadyStar AO Guider overcomes these limitations and challenges and takes control with super fast and accurate guiding.

Traditional autoguiding involves moving the mount and telescope, along with all of your attached imaging accessories to correct tracking errors. Autoguiding can typically only make a single correction every couple of seconds or so; during that time your tracking is vulnerable to periodic error from your mount, wind and atmospheric seeing conditions.

The SteadyStar AO Guider can easily make several tracking corrections in one second without lugging the weight and inertia of the whole telescope. Rather than move all that weight, the SteadyStar AO Guider makes guiding corrections by tilting its on-board optical window, allowing for quick and precise movements several times faster than any traditional autoguider could ever hope to correct.

A slight tilt of the optical window actually moves the imaging plane in your camera. This refractive correction, while different than the adaptive optics used in professional observatories, is capable of making extremely fast movements to overcome even the most severe tracking errors. Even though most tracking errors can be compensated by tilting the optical window, the SteadyStar can still send corrections to your mount like a traditional autoguider if the optical window's tilt range is exceeded.

What's Included With This Item

  • Orion SteadyStar Adaptive Optics Guider
  • Built-in Off-Axis Guider
  • 2" Nosepiece
  • Fine-Focus Guiding Adapter
  • 48mm Threads to Male T-Thread Adapter & Rotation Lock Ring (for back side)
  • 48mm Thread to Female T-Thread Adapter (for front side)
  • Three T-Adapter Extensions: (30mm, 17mm, 7mm)
  • Hard Carry Case
  • 10' USB Cable
  • 10' Autoguiding Cable
  • 12' 12 V DC Cable
  • Software CD-Rom
  • Hex Key
  • Orion 1 Year Limited Warranty

Key Features

  • High-speed refractive correction eliminates tracking errors far more effectively than regular autoguiding, resulting in better astrophotos with rounder and more pinpoint stars
  • Overcome your mount's periodic error, combat wind-induced vibration and even compensate for some of the negative effects of turbulent seeing
  • Makes your imaging mount, even if a modest one, perform more effectively Broad compatibility - works with any Orion CCD camera and most other imagers including DSLRs and works with the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider as well as most other autoguiders
  • Fastest adaptive optics guider (used for amateur astrophotography) on the market today! Capable of making more than 40 corrections per second, depending on guide star brightness and computer speed
  • SteadyStar software is included for full guiding control to both your mount and the AO Guider
  • Communicates with MaxIm DL to enable advanced imaging features such as exposure sequences and dithering
  • The 40mm diameter on-board lens supports APS-C format sensors including DSLRs and amply-sized CCD cameras without any vignetting

Technical Specs

Compatible With Windows XP, Vista 32 and 64-bit and Windows 7 Operating Systems/ASCOM
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