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iOptronMountiOptron unveils the SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Package ($428), a complete, ultra-portable mount for wide-field astrophotography. The SkyGuider is a compact single-axis drive for cameras. The unit can sturdily bear a load of up to 11 pounds (5 kg) and has 4 tracking rates for nightscape or deep-sky astrophotography. The SkyGuider Pro package is powered by an internal rechargeable battery and also has a removable counterweight shaft and 3.3-pound counterweight that can be replaced with an additional ball head for dual-camera operation. A declination mounting bracket and polar scope with a variable-brightness illuminator come with each purchase. Additional options are a hand-paddle controller, a tripod, and ball head with a quick-release dovetail system.'s New Product Showcase is a reader service featuring innovative equipment and software of interest to amateur astronomers. The descriptions are based largely on information supplied by the manufacturers or distributors. Sky & Telescope assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of vendors statements. For further information contact the manufacturer or distributor. Announcements should be sent to Not all announcements will be listed.


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