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Product no.: 64501

Camera Standalone Autoguider MGEN Version 3

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Product description

This autoguider is a very elegant tracking solution for astro-photography with long exposure times:

For these images you will need an additional autoguider camera which detects the tracking error of your mount and automatically compensates for it using control signals sent to the mount.

In addition you will need usually a laptop or PC to run the autoguider software. The term "stand-alone" means that for this autoguider no additional computer power is required. The software is concealed in the hand control box and the red-light display shows you the camera image, as well as configuration options. There is no more practical solution for autoguiding a SLR camera in mobile use!

The stand-alone autoguider may also be used remotely via a PC. The only other thing you need is the scope. For example you can connect an off-axis guider to the autoguider via the T2 adapter or a suitable finder. You will find both options under "recommended accessories".

The new MGEN-3 version offers many advantages:

  • The significantly better hardware enables the new self-learning AI multi-star guiding
  • The large colour display makes handling more pleasant
  • With the quick-start function, guiding starts with the single push of a button!
  • Improved sensitivity with real-time dark frame capture
  • Multi-star guiding for improved sub-pixel accuracy
  • Polar alignment using the digital Scheiner method
  • Snap connector for camera shutter control
  • Various dithering modes available
  • Guide log display and storage
  • Freely selectable binning
  • Power supply via USB (5V), only 1.2 Watt
  • Integrated Wi-fi module (WLAN)
  • AUX port for further accessories

Scope of supply:

  • MGEN handbox
  • MGEN camera
  • 2 USB cables for power supply and camera connection
  • Autoguider cable (ST4 standard)
  • 4GB micro SD card

Connections on telescope: T2, M28.5x0.6 filter thread, 1.25" plug-in contact

Made in Hungary

Our expert comment:

Our experiences in the extensive practical test Standalone autoguider: the easy route to good astronomy photos?



Sensor type
CMOS Chip (AR0130CS mono)
Resolution Photograph (Pixel)
Pixel size
Chip - Diagonal (mm)
Size of chip (mm)
4,8 x 3,6
Active cooling
Colour camera
Power consumption (mA)
Power supply
5 (USB)
Flange focal distance (mm)
German, English, French, Hungarian


Filter wheel



Area of application

Moon & Planets
Nebulae & galaxies

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*All prices include VAT plus shipping costs.

Lacerta Camera Standalone Autoguider MGEN Version 3

Customer reviews

Un petit bijou

Review by poetowski on 22.05.2020 10:01:47

( 5 / 5 )

Je cherchais une caméra autonome pour la astrophoto. J utilise une eq6 r pro qui porte un c11 avec un apm 240mm comme viseur et d autres fois une lunette 72 evostar avec un apm 205mm comme viseur.
Dans chacune des configurations la mgen III se visse directement sur le viseur via son embout fourni.
C est un régal 3min d installation et 2 de Calibration et hop photo a gogo.
J ai pu faire des poses de 5 min à focale 2800 sur le c11 sans vaciller. Même une heure après la caméra reste centrée.
Reste 2-3 points à ne pas ignorer. C est un budget déjà. Il faut zoomer quand on collimate la caméra sur le viseur sinon si les etoiles ne sont pas des points nets la caméra va se calibrer sur ses points chauds. Elle peut cependant faire des dark. L alimentation n est pas fournie il faut prévoir un chargeur de smartphone type 220v vers USB 5v ou en nomade une port allume contre 12v vers USB 5v.
Hormis cela le suivi est très précis, de l ordre de 0.1 seconde d arc, quand on voit qu' un viseur de focale 240mm permet de guider un c11 de focale 2800...
Tout est dit! Pas besoin de pc
À voir sa fiabilité dans le temps mais au bout de qq semaines je suis très satisfait de ce bijou!
Un bon investissement pour l astrophoto ?!

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