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#1 ratcals

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 11:44 AM

New guy here and I have a question regarding auto guider compatibility. I'm in the process of narrowing down which tracker I want to go with for my camera. It's either going to be the Star Adventurer 2i or the iOptron SkyGuider Pro. I see that both of them have a standard jack for an auto guider. My question is this; I have an auto guider from my Celestron 6SE. Will this be compatible with these two units?

 

 

Edited to say I might be using the wrong terminology and I don't mean auto guider, but hand controller.


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:17 PM

Moving this from EAA to Equipment for a better fit. 



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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:33 PM

What is the "auto guider from my Celestron 6SE?"  Does this auto guider have a model number or name?

I ask because the 6SE is a telescope (a 6" SCT) on a mount (the Celestron SE single-arm mount).  There's no auto guider inherent in that setup...

 

Any of the readily-available "mini" cameras (they're basically in a 1.25" eyepiece format) that has an ST-4 cable output will work for what you're proposing.

If what you have is one of those, you're all set.

 

edit: oh, I see.  As I was typing you edited your post.  No, your hand controller will not work.  You need an auto-guider, not a hand controller. Neither of those trackers take hand controllers.

Something like this:

 

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#4 ratcals

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:43 PM

edit: oh, I see.  As I was typing you edited your post.  No, your hand controller will not work.  You need an auto-guider, not a hand controller. Neither of those trackers take hand controllers.

Something like this:

 

 

Thank you sir for your quick reply and information. I don't mean to be argumentative, but I've downloaded the manual for the iOptron model and it mentions a Go2Nova 8408 Hand Controller. Implying it will work with a hand controller. 



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Posted 22 September 2021 - 09:26 PM

The ioptron at least takes the 8408 (may be an extra buy depending on the package you get).

Hand controller circuitry and software is manufacturer / model specific. The celestron HC will not work in another brand's model, even if the jack accepts it.

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 10:18 PM

Thank you sir for your quick reply and information. I don't mean to be argumentative, but I've downloaded the manual for the iOptron model and it mentions a Go2Nova 8408 Hand Controller. Implying it will work with a hand controller. 

Yes, but a) that doesn’t provide guiding and b) it won’t work with your hand controller. :)




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