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SX Lodestar X2 Autoguider

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider - Monochrome - LXLODESTAR-M

SKU: SLX-LXLODESTAR-M
  • Color or Monochrome Camera: Monochrome
  • Cooled or Uncooled: Uncooled
  • Pixel Array & Resolution: 752 x 582 (0.4 MP)
  • Pixel Size in Microns: 8.2
  • Sensor Model: ICX829 EXview HAD
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$625.00
SX Lodestar X2 Autoguider

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider - Color - X2LODESTAR-C

SKU: SLX-X2LODESTAR-C
  • Color or Monochrome Camera: Color
  • Cooled or Uncooled: Uncooled
  • Pixel Array & Resolution: 795 x 596 (0.47 MP)
  • Pixel Size in Microns: 8.4
  • Sensor Model: ICX829 EXview HAD
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$625.00
Starlight Xpress AO-LF Active Optics - Side View

Starlight Xpress Large Format Active Optics Guiding System with OAG - SXV-AO-LF

SKU: SLX-SXV-AO-LF
  • The Starlight Xpress Large Format Adaptive Optics Guiding System enhances CCD images by efficiently correcting for rapid gear errors common to all but the most expensive mounts.
  • Image tracking and stabilization are enabled via a high speed tip-tilt optical window.
  • Offers fast 5mS per increment tracking speed.
  • Mount control output fixes large drive errors while preserving AO stabilization.
  • Image shift factor is separate from both the optical system and the back focal spacing.
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$1,700.00
Starlight Xpress AOQSI Active Optics - Shows Optional OAG

Starlight Xpress Large Format Active Optics Guiding System without OAG - SXV-AOQSI

SKU: SLX-SXV-AOQSI
  • Starlight Xpress Large Format Adaptive Optics Guiding System with no Off-Axis Guider for QSI WSG cameras which have an already built-in OAG.
  • Stabilizes even the most troublesome mounts by correcting rapid gear errors.
  • Image tracking and stabilization are enabled via a high speed tip-tilt optical window.
  • Offers fast 5mS per increment tracking speed.
  • Mount control output fixes large drive errors while preserving AO stabilization.
  • Image shift factor is separate from both the optical system and the back focal spacing.
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$1,400.00
Starlight Xpress SuperStar - Front

Starlight Xpress SuperStar High Res Autoguider & CCD Camera - Color

SKU: SLX-SUPERSTAR-C
  • Color or Monochrome Camera: Color
  • Cooled or Uncooled: Uncooled
  • Pixel Array & Resolution: 1392 x 1040 (1.4 MP)
  • Pixel Size in Microns: 4.65
  • Sensor Model: ICX205AL
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$645.00 $516.00

Orion StarShoot Auto Guider - 52064

SKU: ORI-52064
  • Color or Monochrome Camera: Monochrome
  • Cooled or Uncooled: Uncooled
  • Pixel Array & Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (1.3 MP)
  • Pixel Size in Microns: 5.2
  • Sensor Model: MT9M001
$299.99
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider with 60 mm Guide Scope

Orion StarShoot AutoGuider and 60mm Guide Scope Package - 21404

SKU: ORI-21404
  • Color or Monochrome Camera: Monochrome
  • Cooled or Uncooled: Uncooled
  • Pixel Array & Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (1.3 MP)
  • Pixel Size in Microns: 5.2
  • Sensor Model: MT9M001
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$429.99

Guiding can be a daunting task for the new astrophotographer, but it doesn’t have to be. An equatorial mount is a must-have for anyone interested in imaging celestial objects. An equatorial mount compensates for the Earth’s rotation to help your setup stay fixed on a guide star. However, there are many more accessories that can help you guide easily and hassle-free. The three basic tools that astrophotographers use are an off-axis guider, auto-guider, and a guidescope.


An off-axis guider (OAG) connects to your main optical train and typically uses a prism to redirect a small pathway of light to a separate guiding camera. This way, you can do short exposures, detect stars, and calculate guiding errors. This setup is a lightweight option and, in most cases, will not add flexure to your imaging setup. Also, an OAG is typically a cost-effective option: all you need is an OAG and a guiding camera. However, an OAG will add extra length to your imaging train, so it may be cumbersome to obtain focus. We recommend OAGs for new amateur astrophotographers because it is a straightforward and inexpensive guiding system.


If you are looking for a more advanced guiding system, then a guidescope is the way to go. These scopes are typically small refractors that you mount on top of your main imaging system. This is a great option for astrophotographers who prefer to image through a smaller aperture and slower telescope because this is when stars are more difficult to see through an OAG. However, piggybacking a guidescope adds significant weight to your setup and can cause flexure or extra strain on the mount.


An autoguider is an excellent choice for astrophotographers looking to take long exposures. This high-tech camera sits on the back of your guidescope or OAG. The autoguider is then connected to your mount to keep your setup continuously tracking the guide star throughout your imaging session. This dramatically reduces tracking errors and eliminates drift, which can cause oblong stars to appear in your image. Autoguiding is perfect for deep-space imaging, where it is crucial to be precise when guiding.

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