The Lodestar PRO autoguider / camera.

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The Lodestar PRO is an upgraded version of the very popular Lodestar & Lodestar X2 autoguider. The original Lodestar X2 uses the same ICX829 ExView2 CCD chip from Sony as the Lodestar PRO which offers excellent sensitivity and read noise. With lower readnoise and faster downloads, the effective sensitivity of the new Lodestar PRO makes it even easier to find faint guidestars making this still the best choice Autoguider on the market.

 

The Lodestar PRO specification:

  • CCD - Sony ICX829AL ExView2 monochrome CCD
  • Pixel count - 752(H) x 580(V)
  • Pixel size - 8.6 x 8.3uM
  • Optical size - 6.47 x 4.81 mm
  • Read noise - Typically 5.5 electrons
  • Gain - 0.75 e/ADU
  • Barrel size - 31.75mm dia. x 85mm long (1.25 inch eyepiece push fit size)
  • Barrel thread - 25.4mm x 0.75mm ‘CS’ mount lens thread
  • Input connection - ‘Mini B’ USB socket for USB2.0 
  • Output connection - Standard RJ12 autoguider socket
  • Output type - Opto-isolated 4 lines (N,S,E & W) pull down with common return line
  • Download rate - > 10 frames per second in binned 2x2 mode (recommended)

 

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10 second exposure of M31 with original Lodestar

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10 seconds with Lodestar X2