StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision B

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StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision B

# 1485001

€ 890.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 747.90

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  • Stand-alone lightweight autoguider with AI-powered automatic polar alignment and built-in plate solving, now available in Revision B with new features
    • camera control with dithering
    • comet tracking
    • USB-C Port with USB (5.0 V) instead of a DC Port (12V). The USB-C Port is both on the splitter, and on the StarAid
    • Shorter housing, only 6,3 cm long
  • StarAid automatically monitors the seeing conditions and the mount response
  • No laptop is needed – control and troubleshoot with your smartphone
  • Focusing via Live View function
  • Starts guiding your mobile setup immediately when powered up - no user interaction is needed
  • With built-in WiFi
  • Multi-Star Guiding
  • High Quality – improves image quality by up to 30% due to faster and multi-star guiding
  • Polar alignment in 30 seconds – High accuracy: typically ~30” within about 2 minutes
  • 2 LED lights indicate status of guiding
  • Automatic platesolving within 2 seconds
  • Powered via USB or a USB power bank
  • Only one cable for easier set-up and less flexure
  • 1¼ fitting, optional CS mount
  • Antidust, no-fingerprint housing
  • All mounts with an ST-4 compatible guide port and adjustable screws or knobs are supported (even single-axis tracking platforms)

Product Questions

Does I need to buy an adpater (like 1"1/4 - C-mount adapter) between my QHY miniGuideScope and Staraid Revolution B (my last order) ?
Thanks in advance for your response
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Question by: Georges Carletti on Mar 27, 2021 6:40:00 PM | 3 Answer(s)
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StarAid Revolution Product Features

Features StarAid Revolution Revision B

Stand-alone autoguiding revolutionised

No configuration

  • Autoguiding starts automatically as soon as you power on your StarAid.  Point your telescope anywhere in the sky, and StarAid will find multiple guide stars. Even under a full moon or in a rich star cloud in the milky way under pristine skies.
  • No laptop or any other device needed
  • Guiding automatically resumes when clouds pass by or when you move your mount to a new location

Accurate and fast tracking for the best image quality

Accurate:

Fast:
  • Recognises and tracks 1 to 20 stars simultaneously
  • Advanced, high performance proprietary star recognition and centering algorithm
  • Guiding accuracy not affected by mount backlash
  • Up to 30% sharper photos due to faster and multi-star guiding
    • automatically handles meridian flips
    • less image waste due to more images being useful
  • Sends up to 5 corrections per second (5Hz) to the mount to minimise drift effects and correct some of the seeing (5Hz)
  • Finishes mount calibration in 4-30 seconds

Automatically optimised guiding parameters

  • StarAid automatically monitors the seeing conditions and the mount response
  • It uses Artificial Intelligence to find the optimal guide parameters

Live LED status feedback

  • LEDs indicate the status of guiding, warnings or errors
  • Different patterns for specific actions
  • No need to connect your laptop or phone
  • Adjust their brightness or turn them off completely from the StarAid App

Comet guiding

  • Image comets with long exposures. StarAid provides a well maintained catalogue of interesting comets. Simply select a comet from object guiding and point your main telescope at the comet. StarAid tracks and keeps the comet stationary so you can confidently take long exposures for crisp comet images.
  • Once object guiding is enabled, no laptop or any other device is needed.

No laptop needed

Free built-in StarAid App to access extras

Even though StarAid autoguiding is fully autonomous, and requires no additional device, there is a handy StarAid App available to access advanced functionality:

  • Monitor the status of autoguiding.
  • Super eas, AI-powered polar alignment.
  • Automatic plate-solving (“Sky Recognition”)
  • Live view to help you focus your StarAid.

Use it with any device

  • Access and use the app on your smartphone, computer or tablet
  • Works without Internet
  • Connect your device via StarAid’s built-in wifi or the USB cable

Accurate polar alignment within 30 seconds with a tap in your app

  • Just point your telescope anywhere in the sky. No need to see the celestial pole from your location.
  • StarAid will tell you how to set your mount.
  • Works equally well in the Southern hemisphere, Northern hemisphere and at the equator.
  • Works well for apartment windows or balconies where the celestial pole is obscured.
  • Choose fast or high accuracy: typically 30″ within 2 minutes (good enough for guiding), 10″ within 4 minutes (accurate), or 1″ within 12 minutes (precise).
  • Intuitive guidance with real-time visual feedback while making adjustments.
  • All mounts with adjustable screws or knobs are supported (even single-axis tracking mounts).
  • Polar alignment also works without a connection to the guide port.

Automatic platesolving within 2 seconds

Die Geschwindigkeiten der Sternfelderkennung von StarAid mit einem 200mm-Leitrohr. Die Farben zeigen die benötigte Zeit in Sekunden an. Die dunkelblauen, ungelösten Felder liegen entlang der Ebene der Milchstraße. In den meisten Fällen wird sogar weniger als eine Sekunde benötigt.

Star field recognition speeds of StarAid with a 200mm guide scope. The colors denote solution time in seconds. The dark blue, unsolved areas align with the plane of the Milky Way. In most cases, the actual solve time is less than 1 second.

  • The Sky Recognition functionality recognises 96% of all locations within 2 seconds (under clear skies, without moonlight)
  • Start it with a tap from your StarAid App
  • No Internet needed
  • Check the coordinates in the app, and enter it in your mount to use it for GOTO

No large guide-scope required

StarAid Revolution works best with small focal lengths between 100 and 150mm. This makes a very lightweight and sturdy setup possible. You can attach it in a 1.25" eyepiece clamp or through the optional C-mount adapter. Camera control/dithering The StarAid Revolution also supports dithering – the telescope can be moved by some pixels during an imaging session to avoid structural artifacts of the camera. A 2.5mm cable for camera control is available separately.

Camera control/dithering

The StarAid Revolution also supports dithering – the telescope can be moved by some pixels during an imaging session to avoid structural artifacts of the camera. A 2.5mm cable for camera control is available seperately.

Power Supply via USB

The power supply of the StarAid is done through one of the two USB-C-Ports (One on the StarAid unit itself and one on the splitter). The USB-C port on the StarAid unit itself can also be used for data connections. It only need 5V/0,5A, so you can power it with any USB power supply or a USB power bank, or through the USB-port of your computer. Camera control, dithering and guiding can be done direct via app (i.e. no PC is needed!).

Compared to the previous version, the power is still supplied via the splitter, with the only difference that the splitter is now supplied with USB (5.0V) via USB-C port instead of a DC port (12V). On the StarAid unit itself,  the micro USB port has been substituted by a USB-C port. The USB-C port on the StarAid unit can also power both StarAid and the splitter. Unlike the USB-C port on the splitter, the USB-C sport on the StarAid also provides communications and access to the StarAid web app.

All modern mounts supported

Tested on several models

  • All mounts with a ST-4 compatible guide port are supported.
  • Tested on the following mounts and mount types:
    • All mounts with Astro-Elektronik FS-2 control system
    • Astro-Physics 1100
    • Astro-Physics1200
    • Astro-Physics Mach1
    • Astro-Physics models with GTOCP v2, v3 and v4
    • Celestron AVX (the same control as, among others CGEM, CGEM DX, CGEM II, CGX, CGX-L)
    • Losmandy GM-8 with originals DDS
    • Meade FORK mount
    • SkyWatcher EQ5
    • SkyWatcher EQ6
    • Vixen Super Polaris with BoxDorfer MTS-3 Kit
  • Can be used with Losmandy DDS control box

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Additional Information

SKU (#) 1485001
EAN Code 0745178249300
Net weight (kg) 0.11
Diameter (mm) 39 mm
Sensor Sony IMX290LL monochrome STARVIS CMOS
Interface Optical interface: 31.65mm (1¼”) OD x 12 mm ocular guidescope, 1¼” filter, C-mount lens / guidescope via C-mount adaptor (sold separately), camera shutter control via 2.5 mm adaptor cable (sold separately)
Read Noise (RMS) 0.72e-
Telescope connection ST-4 compatible guide port
Environment Operating Temperature Storage temperature (air): -20C - +60C | Operating temperature (air): -15C - +40C |
Adaptable to All mounts with an ST-4 compatible guiding port are supported
Peak QE 75%
Power Input Standard USB 5.0V, 0.5A or better - typical power pack or USB wall outlet
Power consumption 1.2W (active), 2.5W (peak)
Sensor Size 1/2.8”
Pixel Size 2.9µm
USB Connection USB 2.0 via USB-C Port
Included Accessories USB-A to USB-C cable (1m); Uplink cable RJ-45 (CAT6 cable, 2.0 m flex /3 mm OD), Guide cable (RJ-12, 6P6C cable, 0.5 m flat, USB 2.0 cable), Splitter (36 x 22 x 20 mm)
Length (mm) 63 mm
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