Indeed, the mount guided beautifully using an Orion StarShoot
autoguider and PHD Guiding software.
Entry-level planetary video cameras include Orion's StarShoot
USB Eyepiece Camera ($70), Orion's better StarShoot
Solar System Color Imaging Camera IV ($100), and Celestron's more capable NexImage 5 Solar System Imager ($200).
In addition, an Orion StarShoot
Pro Deep Space Color CCD Camera was acquired.
Both the Orion StarShoot
Deep Space Video Camera and the MallinCam Jr are easy to use and give excellent results right out of the gate.
Another low-cost option is the Orion StarShoot
Solar System Color Imager III ($189.95).
G3 Deep Space Camera doesn't require deep pockets to purchase, and it's also small enough to fit into those same pockets.
Orion also has an adapter made specifically for its StarShoot
Pro camera, which has a built-in spacer.
In the past I've reviewed Orion's StarShoot
II camera (April 2008 issue, page 32) and the StarShoot
Pro (February 2009, page 34).
My favorite software for this type of setup, PHD Guiding from Stark Labs (stark-labs.com), works great when coupled to a sensitive autoguider camera such as Orion's StarShoot
Fortunately, there's now the StarShoot
Solitaire AutoGuider from Orion Telescopes & Binoculars.
New from Orion Telescopes & Binoculars, the StarShoot
Solitaire AutoGuider ($599.95) offers affordable relief for those doing long-exposure astrophotography but who don't use a computer at the telescope.
I already own the latest version of MaxIm DL, so that's what I used to control both the 540wsg and my Orion StarShoot