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The ‘stand-alone’ element of the MGEN-3 autoguider is impressive. We found the equipment completely plug-and-play and the control box comes with a ‘live view’ function in place of a laptop screen. Once attached to the guidescope, we were up and running within minutes.
When you go the conventional, laptop-driven route, common problems can include incorrect drivers, lack of USB ports, cable management and disconnection issues. With the MGEN-3 we encountered none of these. There is the option, though, to connect via a laptop (and Lacerta provides apps to do this), which means you can get used to laptop-controlled setups before moving up to the standalone integrated guiding equipment and software. The flexibility means we could switch between the two options, depending on the location we were imaging from, and this makes the MGEN-3 even more adaptable.
Overall, we couldn’t think of anything else that the Lacerta MGEN-3 needs to do when we compared it to specialist guiding software.