StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision C

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StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision C

# 1485002

€ 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 in a lightweight housing. No laptop is needed – control and troubleshoot with your smartphone
  • The power supply and data transfer is exclusively done via the USB-C port with USB (5.0 V) on the StarAid itself. The Revision C therefore no longer needs a splitter.
  • Camera control with dithering, Comet tracking / Multi-Star Guiding / Focusing via Live View function
  • Automatic platesolving within 2 seconds, StarAid automatically monitors the seeing conditions and the mount response
  • The ST-4 guide cable plugs directly in the back of the StarAid Rev C. Starts guiding your mobile setup immediately when powered up - no user interaction is needed
  • High Quality – improves image quality by up to 30% due to faster and multi-star guiding. No more dropped frames, almost all can be used.
  • Polar alignment can be done from twilight conditions, without a view of polaris or sigma octantis. Typical accuracy is 2 arcminutes and the procedure takes a minute to complete and adjust.
  • 1¼ fitting, optional CS mount
  • All mounts with an ST-4 compatible guide port and adjustable screws or knobs are supported (even single-axis tracking platforms). Mounts without an ST-4 port are supported through ASCOM and the StarAid PC control software, which also includes support for hybrid guiding - StarAid on-axis and a secondary camera off-axis.
  • Note: StarAid 1.25" to C-Mount adapter ring, 5mm height (#1485010 , € 30) is needed to conntect the StarAid on a C-Mount guide, such as QHY miniGuideScope with mount (#1932051 , € 152)

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StarAid Revolution Product Features

Features StarAid Revolution Revision C

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


  • 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 Application to access extras

The StarAid provides its own WLAN that can be accessed by smartphone, tablet or computer. Using your device's web browser, you can access and control the StarAid's web interface. So this "StarAid app" is also a Web-Applicaiton and runs on the StarAid itself. You only need a web browser on a device that you connect to the WLAN that the StarAid provides. Therefore, the StarAid-Web-Application cannot be accessed for testing purposes on devices that are not connected to the StarAid. And there is also no app to download from an app store

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 StarAid is powered via the USB-C port on the StarAid device. The USB-C port on the StarAid is used for both data connections and power. It only needs 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.

A difference from Revision A and B is that the power is supplied by the StarAid itself rather than a USB-C splitter, which is redundant and no longer needed. The StarAid's USB-C port is used to power and access the web app via a laptop. StarAid Rev. C is not compatible with the Rev. A or Rev. B splitter. The ST-4 cable plugs directly in the back of the StarAid RevC

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

Manufacturer StarAid
SKU (#) 1485002
EAN Code 4047825056689
Sensor Information
Sensor Sony IMX290LL monochrome STARVIS CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.8”
Pixel Size 2.9µm
Imaging Features
Read Noise (e- RMS) 0.72e-
Peak QE 75%
Operating Temperature Storage temperature (air): -20C - +60C | Operating temperature (air): -15C - +40C |
Storage Temperature -20C - +60C
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)
Additional Features
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)
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)
Body and Connections
Diameter (mm) 39 mm
USB Connection USB 2.0 via USB-C Port
Telescope connection ST-4 compatible guide port
Guiding Port ST-4 kompatibler Anschluss
Adaptable to All mounts with an ST-4 compatible guiding port are supported

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