ZWO 60mm Guide scope

Recently I wanted to get a second guide scope to allow for dual imaging with my 2 setups (Celestron CGEM with either my 8″ Ritchey Chretien or 12″ Orion Newtonian telescopes in my obsy, and a wide-field setup on my iOptron ZEQ25). With clear skies being so rare in England, it was worth considering doing imaging with 2 systems to get as much data to work with on those nights when imaging is not possible. Hence I had to look for another smallish scope. I settled on the ZWO 60mm F4.6 scope which has a 280mm focal length. This should allow me to guide my longer focal length setup.

I ordered this through 365Astronomy, cost just over £100 including delivery. It came well packaged and hence there should not be any concerns with regards to damage during transit.

ZWO 60mm Guide scope
ZWO 60mm Guide scope
Unboxing
Unboxing
Fresh out of the box
Fresh out of the box

It comes with Vixen dovetail bar, tube rings, a lens cap and a rotating helical focuser which has 3 locking screws to secure this in place after focusing is complete. The eyepiece/camera holder has two locking screws.

Guide scope with tube rings and Vixen V dovetail bar
Guide scope with tube rings and Vixen V dovetail bar
Lens end of guide scope
Lens end of guide scope
Focuser end
Focuser end

I have to say that this is very lightweight (604g including tube rings and dovetail bar) and hence should not add much stress to the telescope mount, while allowing for guiding without the need for an off-axis guider. Now I have found a way to mount to both telescopes, using my Astro-Tech Vixen clamps, which means that I will be able to guide for imaging with either telescope.

Guide scope mounted on 8" RC scope
Guide scope mounted on 8″ RC scope
60mm guide scope mounted on my 12" Newtonian
60mm guide scope mounted on my 12″ Newtonian

Now once I get a chance to set my telescope up in my obsy, then I will be able to test how well it works for guiding.

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