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iOptron SkyGuider Portable DSLR Imaging Mount w Standard Tripod

iOptron SkyGuider Portable DSLR Imaging Mount w Standard Tripod
iOptron Sky Guider portable DSLR imaging mount iOptron Sky Guider Sidereal rate Lunar Solar Switches iOptron Polar Scope Dark Field Illuminated Reticule Alignment Sky Guider Padded Travel Case Sky Guider Tripod Padded Travel Case Skyguider optional dual ball head with counterweight Skyguider optional dual ball head iOptron PowerWeight on SkyGuider mount battery pack tracer
Price: £539.99
Incl. VAT 20% ( £90.00 )
Optional Ball Head
Product code: 3500-
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The Sky Guider allows you to take long exposures with almost any digital camera, to capture stunning images of the night sky.
Usually, the rotation of the earth makes stars appear as long streaks in long exposure photographs of the night sky, however the SkyGuider tracks apparent sky-movement, eliminating star-trailing.
The SkyGuider mount is simple to set up. Just attach the unit to a standard camera tripod. Mount your digital camera or a lightweight refractor telescope onto the mount.
The next step is to align the mount to the Pole Star using the included AccuAligning dark field illuminated polar scope, and the powerful, accurate iOptron smart phone App, which takes mere minutes:
Then, frame an area of the sky to image with the ball-head, turn on the mount motors, and it will keep your camera tracking at the same speed the earth rotates!
With the same gears and motors as the ZEQ25, the SkyGuider keeps your camera in motion to avoid star trails and allows you to take long exposures for beautiful images of the night sky. 
For more advanced users who want extra-long exposures and or have longer focal length lenses, the built-in autoguiding port allows even more accurate tracking.
Power requirements for field-use: The Sky Guider runs off a 12v-13.8v 1.25A DC power supply and a 1.25A AC Car lighter socket Power Adapter (product code 8417) is included with SkyGuiders distributed by Altair Astro.
For a portable power source in the field, consider the optional iOptron PowerWeight rechargeable battery pack (Product code: 8128), which not only supplies plenty of power, but doubles as a 3.2kg counterweight.
Note: The SkyGuider distributed by Altair Astro does not include a mains adapter at this time.
Reviews & Communities: 
Click here to read the Cloudy Nights Review of the iOptron SkyGuider (new window)
Click here to read the Sky at Night Magazine iOptron SkyGuider review (new window)
iOptron Sky Guider review vs Sky Adventurer Polarie SkyTracker
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To find out more about astro photography with the SkyGuider as well as it's larger siblings, the iEQ30 and iEQ45 mounts, we suggest joining the existing iOptron Imaging Yahoo User Group: Click here to join the iOptron Imaging Mount User Group
What's included in this Sky Guider package?
  • The Sky Guider mount head, plus padded travel case
  • The sturdy Sky Guider steel tripod with spreader, plus padded travel case
  • Note: The #3305 ball-head is not included, but available separately (choose option on ordering), or you can use a good quality pro ball-head with large 3/8" format photo-tripod thread in the base.
Why buy the Sky Guider instead of similarly priced DSLR tracking mounts?
  • You can polar-align the Sky Guider with the illuminated reticule switched on, whilst the mount is loaded with equipment. There is no need to remove the camera or ball-head to polar align. The polar scope is not obstructed and can be viewed through because the DEC axis doesn't obstruct it like an EQ format mount. Check carefully for this feature on any product you consider because portable imaging mounts should be quick to set up.
  • The mount has a minimal number of components to attach to begin imaging. Fast setup again!
  • The Sky Guider package includes a tripod which is more sturdy than some video tripods costing around £250
  • Two padded travel cases are included, one for the tripod and one for the mount head and counterweight.
  • The SkyGuider has the same high quality worm gear system found in the ZEQ25.
  • The Skyguider can be auto-guided for very long exposures.
  • The SkyGuider worm gear backlash can be adjusted from outside the mount while it is operating. If you're autoguiding, you can get a very smooth graph with this feature.
  • No other product we know of has all these features in one unit.
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  • Capable for dual mount application up to 11lbs (5kg) + 7.7lbs (3.5kg), when correctly balanced
  • Auto-tracking for smooth camera motion perfect for long-term exposures
  • Four pre-set tracking speeds with northern/southern hemisphere selection
  • AccuAligningTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
  • Built-in autoguiding port
  • Attaches to any standard camera tripod with 3/8-16 threads
  • Optional ball head available separately


iOptron Sky Guider Technical Specifications 



Single Axis Computerized EQ

Payload (MAX)

5kg+3.5kg when correctly balanced


2.6 kg w/o CW shaft

Worm Wheel

88mm, 144 teeth Aluminum Alloy


DC servo motor with optical encoder


R.A. auto

Tracking Speed

Cel, 1/2Cel, Solar, Lunar, N/S

Guiding Port

ST-4 compatible

Latitude Adjust Range

0 ~ 70 degree

Polar Scope

6 degree FOV with dark field illuminated

Counterweight Shaft

Φ 20 x 200 mm,stainless steel with 3/8-16 threads


3.5 lbs

Power Consumption

DC 12V, 0.05A at Max. load

Power Requirement

DC 10 ~ 14V, 1.25A

Operating temperature


Base Connect




















Altair Astro's tips for better imaging with the Sky Guider (and Skytracker): 

You can use the timer delay or a remote control on your DSLR to eliminate vibration. Anti-vibration pads help reduce vibration dampening times caused by wind and ambient vibration by up to 50%, for a small outlay. For best results, use a Bahtinov-Mask on the lens or telescope, along with the live-view on your DSLR to achieve the sharpest possible focus. Some cameras allow you to zoom in on the live-preview image of a star, so try zooming in on a reasonably bright star-point for more accurate focusing. Most modern autofocus camera lenses go slightly past the infinity focus point (shown on most lenses as a numeral "8" lying on it's side), hence need a little manual focusing by hand with the live-preview feature switched on. If you use a camera lens with multiple elements, you can try stopping it down slightly for sharper, more even star-points across the field. An F2.8 lens often performs better at, say F4 than it does wide-open (experiment as this isn't always true of all lenses!). Small telescopes are easier to focus and generally produce better star-images than camera lenses. You can connect them to a ball-head using the Starwave Mini-Vixen dovetail clamp. Avoid low quality ball-heads with a spring loaded quick release, they're seldom stable enough. Ball-heads with a strong dovetail-style clamp are best. Polar alignment is quick and easy, especially with the iOptron Smartphone Apps. Don't use a super-high ISO setting on the camera because it can create "noise" in the image during long exposures. Instead try about 800 ISO for medium price cameras, and for high end DLSRs use up to ISO 1600 and try experimenting with noise reduction features. Once you've captured a few images, you can improve them to bring out more details. To reduce noise and improve image quality, try taking multiple exposures (called sub-frames) and stack and combine these using astronomy software (sometimes free!) which can be downloaded online. Join an imaging group online and compare notes with others. Above all, remember that no matter what your results are like, you can have great fun exploring the universe with even the humblest DSLR, which can easily reveal light which has taken millions of years to reach you!


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Where to buy iOptron products:

European orders:

  • Order direct, shipping approx. £17.50
Warranty note: We have recently become aware of UK companies and inviduals purporting to offer "hypertune" modifications, servicing and repair for iOptron products. We have recently had mounts back in for servicing after they have been modified with incorrect parts, lubrication, and internal adjustments. We will do our best to help reverse these changes at a reasonable price to get you going again. Any work which is not performed by Altair Astro (official iOptron agents) will invalidate your warranty. If you require servicing or spares from Altair Astro, please contact us, or ask your official dealer to contact us on your behalf.
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Customer feedback

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Afonso Neves
    Shipping to Portugal takes 3 days no problem. First test run was good, everything works and easy to set. Polar aligne 5 minute. Tracking very smooth no problems in my 200m lens.

    Every frame good about 300 secs with no guide. recommend iPhone ap for alignment and it stayed correct the whole night.

    I like the tripod to extend higher but if its windy then its more stable low and anyway it's better than my EQ tripod. Next I try autoguiding with the new adapter.

    Very good no problems 5 star from me with quick order!

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