CP+ 2017, BORG New Catalog & SS-one Project

•February 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I will be in Japan from next week to stand at BORG booth during CP+ this year again.


Also I will have several business meeting until end of the month. So my response might be slower than usual. But at least I can be reached by e-mail.

Here is a BORG new catalog. Sorry in Japanese. But at least you can see beautiful pictures.

0216cWe start shipping 1st item of SS-one PC-less project. It’s AG Element.

ssageBasically it works with any autoguider camera currently available in the market. For polar alignment, so far it supports only SS-one original polar camera. But we are working on an another one too. Online manual will be ready shortly.

And following WiFi device allows to activate without installing its driver for Linux. It’s very easy. Just plug-n-play.

0216dYou can control and view the guiding status wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet.



BORG Availability & BORG Carrying Bag

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Currently all of BORG optics including flatteners and reducers are heavily back-ordered. The market demand is obviously beyond the production capacity these days. Lead time is mostly one month or more. 55FL and 107FL are longer and longer these days.

107FL is currently June shipment.

55FL is April or might be further.

For customers who are waiting for the order, sorry to have kept you waiting. We are doing the best efforts to shorten. But the quality control is top priority. Please be patient.

BTW, I have noticed BORG padded carrying bag is long enough for 107FL OTA too.


If a middle divider is taken out, the inside should be deep enough for guide scope, rings and a plate all together. We can put following whole system into one bag. I will show later. It should be very convenient to all of BORG scope owners.


Ambassador to Astro Hutech – Stan Moniz

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Stan Moniz, a professional photographer, is showing us his great achievements at his site these days.
0209aNow he will start using Hutech-modified SONY A7S and IDAS filter(HEUIBII-A7) as his main gear for the nighttime photography. And most likely BORG 55FL astrograph will be soon included in his bag too.

Please enjoy his beautiful and artistic nature photography. He publishes all of imaging data and technique as well. Very good site for learning the technique.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing how he maximizes the performance of each Hutech product with his artistic sense.

Please keep tuned.

As he mentioned, Tokina new lens – Firin 20mm looks a great performer. Personally I’m very curious about that too.



This should be a great wide-field lens for SONY e-mount astro users. Looks like I can get a loaner unit from Tokina around this spring. I want to share its astro performance with you here.

BORG Single Fork Mount & SS-one PC-less Project

•February 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Now BORG fork mount is more photographic industry – friendly interface. Here is a new mount.


Now it allows to attach the industry standard Arca Swiss dovetail plate. The above picture shows BORG plate (#3200). The price in US is $239.00




This is the summary for SS-one products available this year. AG Element and ZWO image capture will be available soon. AG Complete has been successfully sold as commercial product in Japan. But unfortunately the stock has run out. Next production lot will be specified later. SS-one Controller is expected this spring, along with portable GOTO mount. ss-one

SS-one AG Element & Mini Mount

•January 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Here is the summary of AG Element.



AG Element functions autoguiding and polar alignment. See one setup example.


I use Takahashi PM-1 DEC’s unit as RA single tracking mount now. Because this was originally DEC unit, no polar scope installed. So I set SS-one original electronics polar device in front. You can see a tiny lens. That is connected via USB cable to AG Element. SS-one plans to let AG Element control QHY PoleMaster as well if technically allowed. We are currently discussing with QHY . If we can successfully add PoleMaster function into AG Element, you can control PoleMaster without PC. That should be huge benefit for mobile users.

0131cFinally, I set SS-one motor unit at the top of PM-1 mount for dual-axes mount. The unit is solid enough for BORG 90FL shown in a picture.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdding one more motor unit, we can build up as GOTO portable mount. Japanese-made high-quality and torqurful hybrid motor achieves DC-motor like high-speed GOTO capability at 300x as well as precision guiding like by a regular stepping motor. This system is expected to release this spring along with following new controller.




BORG 107FL, SS-one ZWO controller & ASI174MM

•January 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

It was my 3 first experiences last weekend – first 107FL, first SS-one ZWO controller and first monochrome camera for deepsky. My key concept was a small target by a small sensor. Because of playing-around stage, I tried at my backyard.

0130aBORG 107FL F6.5

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALPS-D1-52 was inserted into a filter box in front of field flattener

0129This shows LiveView mode. One of good features in the controller is to allow to set two separate gains – one for LiveView and one for actual shooting. M42 is easy to see as default. But M101 was too faint at beginning. So I increased LiveView gain, then faint targets showed up on the screen. This LiveView gain doesn’t affect the actual shooting. Completely separate. That’s very user friendly.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5-point focusing mode. We can see center and 4 corners same time. Each box image can be zoom-up too. This is an another valuable feature.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring shooting, previous image frame automatically keeps showing up. Lower left box shows an enlarged star image, so that we can see the status of guiding and focusing at a glance without any touching screen. This is very nice too!! If an external WiFi antenna is connected, we can keep checking all of same screen from a smartphone remotely. That should be nice too so that we don’t have to go back to the telescope how image is going.

And the result. As expected, Leo triplet was perfect FOV for ASI174 sensor size and 650mm focal length. But I feel I need smaller pixel and more number of pixels for more resolution. Unfortunately this is only one ZWO camera I currently have.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

BORG 107FL F6.5 (w/1.08x flattener and IDAS LPS-D1-52) + SS-One/KODO controller + ASI174MM(non-cooled), 10 x 5 minutes (I wanted to have longer exposure. But unfortunately I noticed the camera has 5 minutes exposure limit.)

Image is nothing fancy. But the monochrome camera gave me the different feeling from one-shot color.

BORG 107FL looks very nice as expected and SS-one controller was flawlessly working over the night. Nothing worried about. It’s really functional, and convenient and easy to use. Definitely very valuable companion for mobile users. I will start building up shortly. Thanks Nakazawa san. Very nice product!! He is planning to release more fancy controllers. Please stay tuned here.


SS-one/KODO ZWO Controller

•January 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

SS-one/KODO ZWO controller is getting ready for shipment. Here is the summary. The key concept is “PC-less” and “DSLR-like operation” with ZWO camera.

0127bThis screen shows “ready to start shooting – 1 minute exposure and 3 frames”. It also indicates camera model, the number of pixels and  the sensor temperature. For cooled camera, press “Cool” to set the cooling temperature. Once connecting CFW, its carousel numbers show up on the screen as well and different color indicates which filter is in the optical train at the present.

0127cPressing “LiveView”, “Focus” and “Zoom”. To go back the previous menu, simply press current menu.

0127aAnother focusing feature : Screen shows 5-section zoom-up images entire the sensor (center and 4 corners). Great feature!!

0127dAnd Another unique feature is the internal dark /flat processing.

Touch screen is responsive well.

Part # : SSZWO

Price : $139.00

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