The crew at Orion are obviously feeling awesome about this new product as they have announced, “We’ve got a new, better solution for your deep space astrophotography autoguiding needs: the Orion Awesome Autoguider Deluxe Refractor Telescope Package!”
The recently introduced package combines the newly reissued Orion ShortTube 80 refractor with the StarShoot AutoGuider and new Orion 120mm Guide Scope Rings and Dual-Width Clamps system. This autoguiding package will ensure you get pinpoint stars in your long-exposure astrophotographs every time.
This is a great autoguiding solution for deep sky imaging, whether your main imaging instrument is a refractor, reflector, or Cassegrain. Here is a breakdown of what’s included with the Orion Awesome Autoguider Deluxe Refractor Telescope Package:
– Orion ShortTube 80 Refractor Telescope Optical Tube Assembly: Orion’s popular ShortTube 80 has been brought back. With a focal length of 400mm (f/5), it provides a wide field-of-view, for easy guide star acquisition. Its all-metal focuser with drawtube lock provides rigid support for the autoguider camera. A dovetail shoe molded into the focuser accepts optional Orion finder scopes.
– Orion StarShoot AutoGuider: The Orion StarShoot AutoGuider tracks selected guide stars and communicates with your equatorial mount to keep stars pinpoint sharp during long exposures. Its 1/2″ format CMOS monochrome chip has 5.2µ square pixels for excellent sensitivity and highly accurate guiding. For an additional fee you can upgrade to the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono which offers a high quantum efficiently of 74%, offering an ultra-sensitive autoguider with a 1/3″ format CMOS monochrome chip which has 1.2MP resolution and a frame rate of up to 200 FPS.
– Orion 120mm Guide Scope Rings with Dual-Width Clamps: This solid guide scope mounting system features a pair of aluminum rings with a 120mm (4.7″) inside diameter, each outfitted with three plastic-tipped metal thumbscrews for adjusting the aim of the guide scope. Each ring is mounted on a machined aluminum dovetail clamp that sports two grooves to accommodate either Vixen or Losmandy style dovetail plates (sold separately).
– 1.25″ Orion Extension Tube: An anodized aluminum extension tube provides the needed back focus distance for focus of guide stars. An anodized aluminum extension tube provides the needed back focus distance for focus of guide stars.
You can learn more about the Orion Awesome Autoguider Deluxe Refractor Telescope Package here.
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