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QHY5-II Mono Planetary / Guide Camera - 199.00

QHY5-II Planetary / Guide Camera

Format: 1/2 inch, 6.66mm x 5.32mm
Pixel Size: 5.2um x 5.2um (1280 x 1024) 1.3 Mega Pixels
30fps @ 1280 x 1024 to 170fps @ 400 x 400
ADC: On Chip 10 bit ( 8 bit output)
QE: 56% Mono only
Telescope Interface: 1.25" Eyepiece Format
USB Bus Powered with ST4 Port
Weight: 45g without parfocalising ring

QHY5-II SmallThe QHY5-II improves on the original QHY5 for guiding and planetary imaging applications. Unlike the older camera the QHY5-II has reduced banding and improved high FPS performance: up to 170fps @ 400 x 400 with a quantum efficiency (QE) of 56%. Low weight and compact size makes the new QHY5-II the ideal guide camera with useful planetary imaging capability. Camera is 1.25" EP diameter and now has a native C mount as standard.

Supplied in a handy storage box with USB & ST4 Cables, 1.25" Extension (threaded for filters), 1.25" Parfocalising Ring, Windows (XP and onwards) drivers and capture software. The camera is also supported by PHD, MetaGuide, Firecapture, SharpCap and software using the ASCOM platform.

The Premium Upgrade Pack contains the following items:

1. C/CS-mount adapter ring
2. Tripod adapter
3. Mini Tripod for use as a webcam
4. 8mm CS lens for Electronic Finder use
5. CS Fish-Eye lens for (nearly) All Sky Camera use

All QHY5-II camera prices include free World Wide delivery!

QHY5L-II Planetary / Guide Camera - From 184.00 - Standard, Ultra Wide & Premium Packages Now Available

QHY5L-II small

Format: 1/3inch, 4.83mm x 3.63mm
Pixel Size: 3.75um x 3.75um (1280 x 960) 1.2 Mega Pixels
30fps @ 1280 x 1024 to 200fps @ 320 x 240
ADC: On Chip 14bit ( 8 bit output)
QE: Mono = 75%, Colour = Blue 52%, Green 62%, Red 58%
Telescope Interface: 1.25" Eyepiece Format
IR Block / Plain Glass Filter -(Colour / Mono)
USB Bus Powered with ST4 Port
Weight: 45g without parfocalising ring - lightest camera in its class

The QHY5L-II is a new QHY CMOS camera for auto-guiding which can also be used for planetary imaging applications . Unlike older CMOS technologies the QHY5L-II has no fixed pattern noise, and there's no random horizontal noise. This camera has high FPS performance: up to 200fps @ 320 x 240 and the Mono version has a quantum efficiency (QE) of 75%, making basic deep sky imaging possible. Camera is 1.25" EP diameter and now has a native C or CS mount as standard. Choose this camera if you require an all in one camera with planetary, guiding & basic deep sky capabilities.

Available as a basic kit in handy storage box with USB & ST4 Cables, 1.25" Extension (threaded for filters), 1.25" Parfocalising Ring, Windows (XP, 7 & 8) drivers and it's own capture software. The camera is directly supported by PHD, MetaGuide, Firecapture, SharpCap and software using the ASCOM platform. UFOCapture or HandyAvi can automatically capture images of meteor trails, while you sleep! Lenses and a tripod adapter are available in the Premium package or separately.

Detailed Study comparing the Lodestar and QHY5L-II Mono as guiders

Offered as a basic kit, with "Ultra Wide" lens or Premium Package containing the items below.

The Premium Package contains the following items:

1. QHY5L-II Camera with C and CS-mount adapters
2. USB and ST4 Cables
3. 1.25" Nosepiece / Extension (threaded for filters)
4. 1.25" Parfocalising Ring
5. 8mm CS lens for E-Finder use
6. 180 degree CS Fish-Eye lens for All Sky Camera use
7. Tripod adapter
8. Mini Tripod
9. CD with Drivers, software and Instructions
10. Handy Storage Tin

The Premium Upgrade Pack is still available to past purchasers of standard camera kits who want to upgrade to the full Premium Package.

All QHY5L-II camera prices include free World Wide delivery!

QHY6 - High Sensitivity Guide / Deep Sky Imaging Camera - 339


A cooled 16 bit camera with a highly sensitive 1/3" Mono Exview CCD, which offers excellent guiding performance and entry level deep sky imaging.

The QHY6 is exceptional in that it can be used either without external power, for guiding, or with an external 12 volt power source for cooled long exposure imaging. It's equipped with an ST4 Opto Isolated guide port.

Package includes camera, 1.25" nosepiece, dust cap, quickstart guide, USB2 & ST4 cables and software.


System driver, ASCOM driver & capture application (XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8 32/64 bit)

ASCOM driver works with PHD Guiding, Maxim, AstroArt, CCDSoft, Nebulosity and all other software that can use the ASCOM V6 platform.

Tech Specs:

Sony ICX259AL, Total pixels: 795x596, Active pixels:752x582 (440k pixels), Pixel Size: 6.5m x 6.25m, 1/3 inch Mono Exview CCD, Readout noise: 7 -10 e @600 Kpixel/s, QE: 65% at 580nm, Microlensing on chip, ABG: -115dB, Low noise 16bit ADC with CDS and Preamp.
USB2.0 High Speed interface, Built in 6pin Guide Port, One stage Peltier cooled.

QHY IMGOH Guide / Planetary / Deep Sky camera - from 399.00

IMGOH Camera

Planetary / Guide / Deep Sky camera with high frame rates, guide port and cooling!

The IMG0H is a versatile new camera using the latest SONY EXview ICX618AL CCD sensor and a 14bit high speed AD converter. The IMG0H has high QE (almost 70%) making it a sensitive guide and planetary camera. With it's inbuilt cooling, the IMG0H can also be used for deep sky imaging, especially for smaller objects like planetary nebula and smaller galaxies.

The IMG0H has a built in guide port, 14bit high speed AD converter and cooling, making it a true all round camera and an ideal first choice for beginners. Requires regulated 12 volts @ 2Amps.


System driver, ASCOM driver & capture application (Win 2K, XP, Vista, Windows 7 32/64 bit). ASCOM driver works with PHD Guiding, Maxim, AstroArt, CCDSoft, Nebulosity and other software that connects using the ASCOM platform.

What's Provided: Camera, USB, ST4 & DIN cables, DC201V power controller, 1.25? telescope adapter + software/drivers/manual on CD.

Optional Extras: 12 Volt 2A PSU, Battery Cable, C Mount Flange

Tech Specs:

CCD size: Typical 1/4inch
Effective pixel: 640*480
Pixel size: 5.6um*5.6um
CCD readout type: Progressive scan
Peak QE: More than 68%
Anti-blooming: Yes,-110dB
56FPS @ 640*480 - 8bit: 30FPS @ 14bit
78FPS @ 500*300 - 8bit.
Readout: 24Mpixel/s?High), 12Mpixel/s?Low?
Readout noise: Typical 8e-
System gain: Adjustable
AD converter: 14bit
Cooling: Single stage, Max delta T: 30
Power consumption: Minimum (TEC OFF) 2 Watt
Maximum: (TEC ON) 10 Watt
Input voltage range: DC 12V (Input to DC201 adapter)
Safe Range: (11V-13.8V)
Telescope interface: 1.25" nosepiece (C Mount is optional extra)
Camera size & weight: (w/o cable or DC201v) 70*70*25mm, 200g
Guide port: Standard: RJ12 6pin guide port

Starlight Xpress Lodestar & Lodestar x2 - Highly Sensitive Guiders 399 / 449 delivered (All In Stock)

Starlight Xpress lodestar

The Lodestar & Lodestar x2 guiders are compact auto-guiders from Starlight Xpress. They feature sensitive 1/2" Sony ICX429 Mono and ICX829 Mono and Colour EXview CCDs making guide star acquisition relatively easy. They're compatible with most mounts equipped with standard auto-guider ports.

The Lodestar x2 is, as the name suggests, about twice as sensitive as the standard camera and comes into its own with long focal length OAG systems.

Package includes case, camera, dust cap, user guide, software & drivers on CD, USB & guide cables.

Tech Specs:

  • CCD type: Lodestar - ICX429AL, Lodestar x2 - ICX829 Sony EXview interline CCDs.
  • CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2M x 8.4M, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 1
  • Spectral Response: Lodestar QE max at 620nM (~65%), 35% at 400nM and 770nM (mono)
  • Spectral Response: Lodestar x2 QE max at 620nM (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM (mono)
  • Readout Noise: Less than 15 electrons RMS - typically only 10 electrons (Lodestar) or 6 electrons (Lodestar x2).
  • Full-well capacity: Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)
  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
  • Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.
  • Data format: 16 bits.
  • System gain: 0.9 electrons per ADU (Lodestar), 0.4 electrons per ADU (Lodestar x2)
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
  • Image download time: Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
  • Power requirements: USB powered.
  • Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.
  • Size: 32 x 72mm anodised Aluminium barrel with front 25 x 0.75mm 'C mount' thread & input/output plugs at rear.
  • Weight: approx. 50g.

LVI Smartguider 2 - 416LVI Smartguider

The LVI SmartGuider 2 Imaging Control System (SG 2) goes way beyond the simple concept of mere autoguiding. All Astrophotographers know that perfect autoguiding is vital for achieving pinpoint stars in spite of the many hours required for collecting light with various filters and modern CCDs and DSLR-cameras. But that?s not all. Successful imaging is the result of a complex process that requires various electronical components to flawlessly cooperate in unison.

The LVI SmartGuider 2 Imaging Control System constitues an integrated solution which governs the whole process required to produce unparalleled astrophotos with the least amount of effort and in a fun and easy way. No laptop required! No problems in the field! Perfect imaging control is performed with the help of the matured SG2 guiding camera, the SG 2-REFLEX remote control software for DSLR-cameras, Feathertouch(TM) and Baader-Steeldrive(TM) focus control software and the MGA adapt-all mount relay box with additional remote thermo probe.

The LVI SmartGuider 2 comes complete with the dedicated MGA opto-relay box which connects all of your imaging equipment (mount, DSLR, focuser).

Brightstar Mammut - a Sensitive Multi Purpose Camera for Just 399! Discontinued

Brightstar Mammut camera L429

Mammut is the new Autoguider / Imager / Real Time Camera from Brightstar. It features the sensitive Sony ICX429 Exview CCD that's used in the Lodestar and Mintrons, making guide star acquisition extremely easy. It's compatible with mounts that use an ST4 autoguider port and other methods too.

This premium performance camera is probably the most sensitive guide camera generally available to the amateur today, and can operate with or without cooling enabled.

The package includes camera with ST4 port and T thread, 1.25" nosepiece, dust cap, CD with drivers, capture software and quick start guide, as well as ST4, USB and 12V power cables.

Software: Windows drivers, ASCOM driver and "Night Watch Studio" capture software. Works well with the popular and free PHD Guiding software.

  • CCD type: Sony ICX429 Exview CCD.
  • CCD Pixel data: Pixel size 8.3M x 8.6M,
  • Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Size: 7.40mm (Horizontal) x 5.95mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 1
  • Spectral Response: Maximum QE of about 70%
  • Data format: 16 bits.
  • System gain: Adjustable default is approx 0.8 electrons per ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
  • Image download time: From 50ns (using ROI) to .8 sec (full frame and fast download mode) using USB 2.0.
  • Power requirements: USB bus powered for guiding, 12 volts < 1A when cooling is required for imaging.
  • Cooling system: Peltier & fan (12 volt power) or ambient air cooling (USB bus power).
  • Humidity Control: Molecular sieve desiccant with external plug for easy replacement
  • Size: 97 x 97 x 49mm.
  • Weight: Approx 318g body only.

Brightstar Camera Rotator - 399 - Discontinued

Brightstar Rotator

At last an Affordable Field Rotator!

Useful for Field De-Rotation for AltAzimuth Imaging, Guide Star Finding with an Off Axis Guider and Precise Object Framing.


  • Lightweight - 400g
  • Slim - 21mm Optical Depth
  • High Load Capacity - Up to 2.5kg
  • Holds Position Even When Not Powered
  • Speedy - 30 Seconds to Make a 360 degree Turn at Full Speed
  • M48 Female Threads at Both Ends - Supplied with 2" Nosepiece and T Thread Camera Adapter
  • Low Power - Requires approx 500mA @ 12v
  • Self Calibration on Power Up
  • PC Saved Last Known Position
  • No Windows Driver Required
  • ASCOM Driver Supplied
  • Windows XP, Vista & W7 x32/x64 Support

Skywatcher Guidescope Mount - 124.50 delivered

Guidescope Mount

Features full alt-azimuth control for quick and precise alignment of guidescope.

Standard Sky-Watcher/Vixen dovetail saddle plate.

Fits onto Sky-Watcher tube ring via camera mounting bracket.

An extremely robust and practical unit.

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ST4 compatible autoguider cable (1.5m) - 10

Finder/Guider Adapters - from 28


finderguider Connects QHY5, QHY5v & QHY6 cameras, via the T Thread adapter, and Lodestar, Mintron Watec & DMK cameras, via the C mount adapter to Skywatcher, Celestron and Orion 8 x 50 and 9 x 50 straight through and right angled finders. Focusing is accomplished by adjusting the objective. SPC900 / SPC800 to Skywatcher and GSO to C & T adapters are now available.

Other T thread guide cameras will be compatible if their sensors are around 10mm - 15mm below the front surface of the camera.

Tests have confirmed that guiding is successful at focal lengths of up to 1500mm and more. Stability is excellent if screws are tightened firmly and cables tied up so they don't drag.

Using the finder as a guidescope reduces the weight and complexity of your imaging setup and the wide field of view virtually guarantees aquisition of a guide star.

Please contact us prior to purchase if you need any info regarding compatability or suitability. Adapters are now black anodised and near parfocal with visual focus of the finder. Image shows a QHY5 connected to a Skywatcher 8 x 50 finder using our T Thread adapter.

Skywatcher 9 x 50 Finder & Bracket - 49.99

SW 9 x 50 Finder

A high quality 50mm optical finder fitted with crosshairs and supplied with bracket. Compatible with most SkyWatcher, Orion USA and many Celestron Telescopes. Colour may vary.

Makes an effective & lightweight guidescope when used with our adapter and QHY5 camera.

NB: This is the latest version with White bracket and Black tube.

Hitec Astro USB Guider - 54.00

Hitec Astro USB Guider

Enables you to use a DMK, Webcam or AstroVideo camera to guide via any standard ST4 port.

  • All outputs are optically isolated to ensure that your mount and PC do not interfere with each other.
  • A diagnostic mode allows you to see what the device is actually doing.

  • Includes a 2m ST4 compatible cable, Manual and ASCOM driver are downloadable.