Starwave 50mm Guide Scope & GPCAM Mono Guide Camera Kit
Product code: AF50STR-2HF-OTA-GPCAMMONO
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Compatible with the latest SharpCap release - Guide and Polar Align all from one camera using this high quality guiding bundle!
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Starwave 50mm Guide Scope & GPCAM Mono Guide Camera KitThis kit enables you to autoguide with the extremely sensitive Altair GPCAM and the Starwave 50mm Guide Scope. It is small compact and light enough for travel to remote locations and has the required focal length to utilise the Polar align feature in the Current SharpCap software release.
You can find out how the polar align feature works on the link below;
How does SharpCap Polar Alignment Work
And you can get a copy of the Free software from Here --> Download Latest SharpCap Beta
There are many autoguiding kits out there but nothing we know of with such a sensitive camera and such a high quality guide scope with all-metal mounting.
There are no plastic parts in this kit for good reason.
This combo includes two kits!
Kit 1: The Altair GPCAM Mono Guide Camera kit, which includes:
- Altair GPCAM AR0130 MONO Guide Camera with ST4 Port
- Clear & UV IR Blocking Optical windows (switchable)
- 1.25" Nosepiece/Barrel with 1.25" Filter thread on front
- 5mm C-Lens adapter
- ST4 Cable
- USB Cable
- The GPCAM Meteor LENS is not included but can be ordered separately.
NOTE: GPCAM Camera is compatible with Windows PCs only. Software and drivers are not included in the box and must be downloaded and installed before operating the camera from www.cameras.altairastro.com
Kit 2: The Starwave 50mm Guide Scope kit, which includes:
- 50mm F4 Optical Tube with 1.25" non-rotating Micro focuser
- Adjustable rings
- Finder Stalk
- Universal Finder Scope Base Code: UNIFBR
The focuser has a 1.25" ID push-fit adapter with brass compression ring, allowing use of auto-guiding cameras or 1.25" eyepieces.
The indexed micro-focuser can be locked, enabling the eyepiece or camera to set at the correct focus-point.
Because the focuser does not rotate, the guide camera is easier to focus and maintain alignment on-target.
The rear of the focuser also includes a T2 thread to allow the addition of extensions.
The finder stalk is compatible with most finder scope brackets on the market, but also includes a universal finder bracket (product code UNIFBR), with a cross-slotted hole pattern to fit most telescopes.
Convert into a finder scope with the Altair 1.25" Illuminated Reticule Eyepiece (product code: 125-EP23-IR)
Altair staff comments:
Caveat Emptor - cheap "guidescope" packages: We recently became aware of cheap guidescope packages on the market. This kit is lighter and better than the cheap large 80mm visual achromat telescopes with wobbly rack and pinion focusers, which are often repurposed as guide scopes and sold as "guide scope packages". This is because you are required to fully extend the focuser to get it to focus with your camera without a diagonal and of course the focuser is very wobbly even partially extended. We feel the mechanics on these scopes are barely acceptable enough for wide field visual observing, let alone adequate enough for auto-guiding. The Starwave package is also better than the re-purposed 50mm finder scopes with the plastic screws (seriously?), the rubber o-ring at the front and the single "springy screw" at the back. These finder scopes are barely able to stay pointed in one direction, let along capable of guiding. Please don't be fooled by inferior products.
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