The MGEN-2 standalone autoguider package consists of a guide camera and a control box. An ST-4 guiding cable leads from the control box to
the ST-4 port of the equatorial platform and an RJ45-RJ45 cable connects the guide camera (autoguider) with the control box. The control box and the
platform both are connected to a 12V power supply by additional cables.
The MGEN-2 autoguider is designed to also control Canon EOS cameras (exposure time, wait time, mirror lockup time, shots to do). I was
fascinated by that feature but unfortunately, for some reason, the autoguider stopped controlling the camera after a few months of heavy use with two
different MGEN-2 autoguiders. I tried to exchange cables and the camera but the feature just wouldn't work anymore. Maybe the power supply
is the culprit. I now use Gunther Wegner's LRT
Pro Timer to control the camera.
Below, you can find images of the MGEN-2 autoguider and its connections and my settings for the control
box. No computer is needed for the autoguiding process - one of the biggest advantages over most other autoguiders.
MGEN-2 autoguider settings:
Obj. focus: 2070 mm
AG speed RA: 0.30x
AG speed DEC: 0.30x
CCD binning: 1x1
exp.: 1000 milliseconds
AutoExposure (not used anymore, see text above):
Shots to do: 23
wait time: 5.0 seconds
mirror lockup: 7.0 seconds (5.0 seconds should do the job as well)
exp time: 3:00.0 minutes (sometimes I use 5 minutes instead)