£699.00

Altair Starbase Filed Tripod/Pier

For the ultimate in stability, look no further. The ultra-stable Altair Starbase Field Pier / Tripod, sets a new standard for freedom from flex, strength and stability.

The legs can be adjusted individually for rough terrain. Once rough levelling is complete, mount the telescope and balance it, then for fine levelling adjustment, turn the individual knobs on the conical "lunar lander" feet and, when level, lock them down with the locking knobs. Job done!

The only product of it's type, all components (except some springs and fixings) are CNC machined in locall in England. There are no shortcuts or off-the-shelf components in this product whatsoever.

The result is complete control over accuracy and strength. Lateral and vertical forces have been carefully designed to balance each other out, using triangulation techniques. All components are machined from the highest grade aluminium and stainless steel, sourced from local UK suppliers.

Coating is a combination of clear matte anodising and ultra-hard textured powder coating for durability and great looks.

Weight is 17.5kg, approx. height is 90cm (35.5") with legs fully extended. For the best stability for very heavy telescopes and large mounts, we recommend extending the legs fully, and just using the threaded adjusters on the "Lunar Lander" style feet for final levelling. This is best on a hard surface as with very heavy equipment, even the 80mm diameter feet can sink into the ground.

Note: Product image shows iOptron CEM60 mount which is optional and connects directly to the Starbase tripod - please contact us for various combinations of mount and adapters.

Compatible with the following mounts:

iOptron CEM60 & CEM60-EC
iOptron iEQ45
Skywatcher EQ6 & Celestron CGEM
With optional adapter:

Skywatcher EQ8
Celestron CGEM-PRO
Skywatcher/Celestron HEQ5, EQ5, CG5
Paramount MX
10 Micron GM1000

iOptron SkyGuider Portable DSLR Imaging Mount, Tripod & Cases

The Sky Guider allows you to take long exposures with almost any digital camera, to capture stunning images of the night sky.

Usually, the rotation of the earth makes stars appear as long streaks in long exposure photographs of the night sky, however the SkyTracker can be attached to a standard camera tripod to track sky-movement, eliminating star-trailing.

Why buy the Sky Guider instead of similarly priced DSLR tracking mounts?

You can polar-align the Sky Guider with the illuminated reticule switched on, whilst the mount is loaded with equipment. There is no need to remove the camera or ball-head to polar align. The polar scope is not obstructed and can be viewed through because the DEC axis doesn't obstruct it like an EQ format mount. Check carefully for this feature on any product you consider because portable imaging mounts should be quick to set up.

The mount has a minimal number of components to attach to begin imaging. Fast setup again!
The Sky Guider package includes a tripod which is more sturdy than some video tripods costing around £250

Two padded travel cases are included, one for the tripod and one for the mount head and ounterweight.

The SkyGuider has the same high quality worm gear system found in the ZEQ25.

The Skyguider can be auto-guided for very long exposures.

The SkyGuider worm gear backlash can be adjusted from outside the mount while it is operating. If you're autoguiding, you can get a very smooth graph with this feature.

No other product we know of has all these features in one.

The SkyGuider mount is simple to set up. Just attach the unit to a standard camera tripod. Mount your digital camera or a lightweight refractor telescope onto the mount.

The next step is to align the mount to the Pole Star using the included AccuAligning dark field illuminated polar scope, and the powerful, accurate iOptron smart phone App, which takes mere minutes.

Then, frame an area of the sky to image with the ball-head, turn on the mount motors, and it will keep your camera tracking at the same speed the earth rotates!

With the same gears and motors as the ZEQ25, the SkyGuider keeps your camera in motion to avoid star trails and allows you to take long exposures for beautiful images of the night sky.

For more advanced users who want extra-long exposures and or have longer focal length lenses, the built-in autoguiding port allows even more accurate tracking.

Power requirements for field-use: The Sky Guider runs off a 12v-13.8v 1.25A DC power supply and a 1.25A AC Car lighter socket Power Adapter (product code 8417) is included with SkyGuiders distributed by Altair Astro.

For a portable power source in the field, consider the optional iOptron PowerWeight rechargeable battery pack (Product code: 8128), which not only supplies plenty of power, but doubles as a 3.2kg counterweight.

Note: The SkyGuider distributed by Altair Astro does not include a mains adapter at this time.

Technical Specs:

What's included in this Sky Guider package?
The Sky Guider mount head, plus padded travel case
The sturdy Sky Guider steel tripod with spreader, plus padded travel case
Note: The #3305 ball-head is not included, but available separately (choose option on ordering), or you can use a good quality pro ball-head with large 3/8" format photo-tripod thread in the base.
* SkyGuider product links:

Type
Single Axis Computerized EQ
Payload (MAX)
5kg+3.5kg when correctly balanced
Weight
2.6 kg w/o CW shaft
Worm Wheel
88mm, 144 teeth Aluminum Alloy
Drive
DC servo motor with optical encoder
Tracking
R.A. auto
Tracking Speed
Cel, 1/2Cel, Solar, Lunar, N/S
Guiding Port
ST-4 compatible
Latitude Adjust Range
0 ~ 70 degree
Polar Scope
6 degree FOV with dark field illuminated
Counterweight Shaft
Φ 20 x 200 mm,stainless steel with 3/8-16 threads
Counterweight
3.5 lbs
Power Consumption
DC 12V, 0.05A at Max. load
Power Requirement
DC 10 ~ 14V, 1.25A
Operating temperature
-10~40C
Base Connect
3/8"-16

Ioptron Sky Tracker V2 DSLR Camera Mount with Polarscope

The new iOptron SkyTracker is an ultra-portable tracking camera mount for DSLR astrophotography.

The SkyTracker makes it easy to take long exposures of the night sky without streaking or star trailing, allowing you to photograph incredible detail in the night sky with any DSLR or even a compact camera.

The rotation of the earth makes stars appear as long streaks in long exposure photographs of the night sky, however the SkyTracker can be attached to a standard camera tripod to track sky-movement, eliminating star-trailing.

Any digital (or film) camera which allows exposures of over a minute can be used to take stunning photos of the night sky.

The SkyTracker has a very strong metal body and even the mounting gimball is made from metal. In fact there are no plastic parts in the casing, it's connection to the camera tripod, or it's connection to the camera. It can be fine-adjusted in latitude too. This is a significant improvement on existing tracking devices of this type.

The SkyTracker is simple to set up. Just attach the unit to a standard camera tripod with 3/8" UNC format screw. Then slide and lock your digital camera into the saddle. Align SkyTrackerTM to Polaris, the North Star, using the included dark field illuminated polar scope. Then turn on the motor and it keeps your camera tracking at the same speed the earth rotates! The unique DC servo motor keeps your camera in motion to avoid star trails and allows you to take long exposures for beautiful images of the night sky. SkyTrackerTM runs on 4AA batteries for portability at any location.

Recommended Accessories: An optional ball-head is available for the Sky Tracker, please see the Pull down menu below.

Feature summary:
Attaches to any standard camera tripod
Accepts cameras weighing up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Auto-tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long exposures
Cast aluminum body with plastic painting finish
Integrated compass and latitude adjustment wedge for easy polar alignment
Also includes AccuAligningTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
Up to 24 hours of operation on 4AA batteries
Padded carry bag included
Optional ball heads available separately

Technical Specs:

Type: Ultra Compact EQ mount for DSLR imaging
Payload (MAX): 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
Weight: 1.1 kg w/o batteries
Dimensions: 153 x 104 x 58 mm
Base Tripod Connection: 3/8" large photo tripod
Tracking: R.A. auto
Tracking Speeds: Cel, 1/2Cel, N/S
Latitude Adjust Range: 0 ~ 70 degrees
Polar Scope: 6 degree FOV with dark field illumination
Power Consumption: DC 4.8 ~ 6V, 0.06A at Max. load
Power Requirement: 4x AA batteries (not included)
External Power: DC 9 ~ 12V (Optional)
Duration of operation: 24 hours at 20C
Compass: Built-in.
Drive wheel: 80mm, 156 teeth Aluminum Alloy
Worm gear: 11 mm, brass
Bearings: 4x separate bearings
Motor Drive: DC servo motor
Operating temperature: -10~40C
Manufacturer Warranty: One year limited

Rigel Pier for EQ6 (EQ6 pro etc)

Made by Pulsar Observatories who have many years experience designing and installing anti vibration steel piers. This knowledge has been used for our new design of observatory pier, and is available for most commercial telescope mounts. The Rigel standard pier uses tried and tested anti-vibration design technology and features a machined aluminium top plate that can easily be changed to accept other mount designs. A side aperture or "Owl's nest" allows the mount to be secured tightly once polar aligned. The pier can be bolted directly to a suitable concrete floor or founding block. Manufactured from heavy steel the Rigel Pier is finished in black stipple-finish resin powder coating. Specification: 1125mm high. A pier fitting kit with all fasteners is available seperatly.

Anti-vibration pier designed for the popular EQ6 GEM

Ioptron CEM 60 Mounting

We've been waiting for a sub 30lb mount with around 60lb carrying capacity for some time now! The iOptron CEM60 fits into an ideal position in the market, where the portability vs. carrying capacity ratio allows for either observatory or field use with some of the largest or smallest telescopes available to amateurs. - Altair

This past year iOptron introduced a new design concept, the center-balanced equatorial mount (or CEM) called the ZEQ25. Now, iOptron have introduce the CEM60, with an increased payload of 27kg (60 lbs) and a mount-only weight of 12.3 kg (27lbs)!

The CEM60 puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. This makes the mount extremely light compared to its payload with a payload-to-weight ratio of 2.2. That's why the CEM60 is a good choice for both portable field setup, AND permanent observatory use.

The CEM60 redefines the concept of the equatorial mount for viewing and astrophotography.
Two versions of the CEM60 will be available. One with Programmable Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) and another with optional Real-Time PEC for incredibly high tracking accuracy, intended for customers with long focal length instruments, or those who want the very best tracking performance available.

The mount features a large dual 1.75" / 3" dovetail clamp for convenient use of most telescopes on the market. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod or pier. Polar alignment is quick and easy with the AccuAligningTM polar scope being accessible all the time since because it isn't blocked by the declination shaft.

The CEM60 is equipped with the most advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. The CEM database includes over 300,000 objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 8-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.
Another feature is through-cabling to reduce the number of cables around your telescope and imaging accessories. 2x 12v power-out ports and 4x USB ports are conveniently placed just below the dovetail clamp on the mount's RA axis.

Feature list:

A new design, center-balanced equatorial mount (CEM) for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate Astro-photographers
Patent pending non-contact magnetically loaded gear system
Payload of 60 lbs (27.2 kg) with the mount-only weight of 27 lbs (12.3 kg)
Gear switches on both R.A. and DEC axes for easy balancing when disengaged
Adjustable counterweight shaft for 0º latitude operation
Screw/worm type latitude adjuster for precision adjustments
Milling machine tooling vise type latitude bearing and locks system for rock solid positioning
User side azimuth fine adjusters for easy azimuth adjustment
Precision stepper motor with 0.06 arcsec accuracy for precise GOTO and accurate tracking
iOptron AccuAligningTM calibrated polar scope with dark-field illumination and easy polar alignment procedure, allowing for fast and accurate polar alignment
Polar alignment routine for those who can't see the Pole Star
Go2Nova® 8407 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology with built in heater
Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) or Realtime periodic error correction (RPEC)
Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
Built-in 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
Built-in or customized cable management system
Spring loaded Vixen/Losmandy dual saddle
150mm base size to match optional 2 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (8kg) or 42/48 inch pier
Optional PowerWeightTM rechargeable battery pack

Technical Specs:

Mount
Center-balanced Equatorial Mount (CEM)
Payload 60 lb (27.2kg), exclude counterweight
Mount weight 27 lb (12.3kg)
Material All metal (except GPS cover)
Latitude adjustment range 0º ~ 70º
Azimuth adjustment range ± 8º
Right Ascension worm wheel Φ146mm, 288 tooth aluminum Declination worm wheel
Φ146mm, 288 teeth aluminum
PEC PPEC/Real time PEC
Counterweight shaft Φ28x 450 mm Stainless steel
Counterweight 20 lb (9.1 kg)
Mount base size Φ150 mm
Motor drive Stepper motor
Resolution 0.06 arc seconds
Slew speed 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX(~3.75º/sec)
Power consumption 0.6A (Tracking), 1.1A (GOTO)
Power requirement 12V DC 2A
AC adapter The US power adapter is not INCLUDED, instead a 12v fuzed car lighter socket is included fo you to connect to your 12v power source.
Polar Scope AccuAligningTM dark field illuminated, 2 arc min
Level indicator, Level bubble
Dovetail saddle 8" Losmandy/Vixen dual saddle
Hand Controller GotoNova® 8407.
300,000+ objects database with star recognition
Meridian treatment Stop (0-15º pass), auto flip, continue
GPS Internal 32-channel GPS
Autoguide port ST-4
Communication port Serial Port
PC computer control Yes (ASCOM)
Cable management 4X USB, 2X DC12V (MAX 5A), 6P6C
Operation temperature -20ºC ~ +45ºC
Tripod Optional 2-inch stainless steel tripod (8kg) or Pier (10kg)
Warranty Two year limited

Avalon Instruments M-Zero Equatorial-Altazimuth Single-Arm mount with Fast-Reverse technology

The new M-Zero single-arm mount by Avalon Instruments has been designed to revolutionize the world of portable astronomy with both the style and function that Avalon Instruments is known for.

Made entirely from anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware, the low weight and high quality of this mount make it the ideal companion for travelling observers and astro-photographers.

The great versatility and compact size combined with Avalon’s unmistakable style, allows the M-Zero to get you to a level where the competition stops.

M-Zero is four mounts in one: Standard Equatorial but with no meridian  flip, Altazimuth
for astronomical use & a time-lapse platform for
panoramic pictures, all with only 10 kg of total weight (including the brand new T-Pod 90) and 8 kg loading capacity.

The brand new StarGo GoTo-System features several exclusive functions, the innovative Fast-Reverse
technology (belt drive system) and the top-quality
construction allows high level performance and auto-guided long-exposure astrophotography without time limits – even with telescopes with focal length up to 2m, (8" SCT & 8" RC).

The Avalon StarGo GoTo-System has been totally designed and manufactured by Avalon to meet all needs, from the beginner to the professional photographer.

StarGo - The Avalon Mounts are well known for their capability to drive the carried telescopes with extreme precision. This characteristic is due to two factors:

The first is the use of toothed belts for the motion transmission, combined with the precision and strength of CNC machined components;

The second is the use of a proprietary control system, fully developed by Avalon Instruments, capable of supplying the mount with all the needed intelligence to perform all the required operations for high performance use in visual observations but, mainly during long exposure astrophotographic Use.

The latter function is performed by the StarGO control system. It is composed of a number of main components:

1. It performs all the communications with specific components (Focuser, CCD rotator, DSLR camera, and other auxiliary devices) using direct connections and with Windows and Mac computers via USB. The wireless Bluetooth capability is also integrated in the control box to interact with intelligent devices such smartphones, tablets and, again with Windows and Mac computers.
2. The StarGO Keypad to physically command the mount and perform almost all the available and most needed operations on it.
3. The StarGO software, entirely written by Avalon Instruments, allows the Stargo to perform with a computer, all the setup and management operations, including the control of numerous external devices that can be connected to the control box, in addition to the same control operations performed by the StarGO keypad.

In Equatorial mode the M-Zero does a
meridian flip and relatively long
tubes can be used as well.

In fork mode no meridian flip is necessary.

It can also quickly be set in Altazimuth
mode for observation with large telescopes and binoculars or to acquire automatic time-lapse sequences.

More exclusive functions will be available with
StarGo firmware updates that can easily be updated by PC.

**Includes Softcase for both M-Zero and T60 Tripod.**

Technical Specs:

M-ZERO FEATURES SUMMARY:
• Single-Arm Equatorial & Altazimuth
• Fast-Reverse technology (belt drive system)
• No backlash and no maintenance
• Total mount weight 5,5 kg
• Max. load capacity for photographic use: 8 kg
• Max. load capacity for visual use: 10 kg
• Hand control for manual use
• Bluetooth connection from smartphones and tablets
• Virtual hand control from smartphones and tablets
• PC control ASCOM compatible
• Autoguide port ST4
• Baader Steedrive port
• Time-lapse control port for DSLR camers
• Two Aux ports for motors and Filterwheels
• 12V DC power supply 0,5A

10 Micron GM1000 HPS High Precision Mounting

** Please Note as at 5 February 2013**

10 Micron have imposed a price increase. In addition the falling currency rates mean that a significant retail price increase will be imposed as soon as we have sold through the remaining small batch of mounts we have on order.

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10 Micron are one the highest regarded manufacturers of high precision ultra high quality mountings in the business.

We would like to introduce the new GM1000 HPS equatorial mounting. This mount slots in perfectly in terms of price and load bearing capacity between lower quality mass produced mounts and similar quality but more expensive and larger mounts such as the Paramount MX.

The GM1000 HPS features:

Absolute on-axis encoders in RA & Dec, featuring
more than 10 million increments (interpolated),
fully encapsulated and calibrated

•Provides up to 0.5“ RMS tracking accuracy - for long duration UNGUIDED imaging - even at long focal lengths

• Closed loop (encoder controlled) satellite
tracking

• speed - up to 20°/s

• Extremely low power consumption and miniature
format (20 x 15 x 8cm) electronics

• After an observing session, the entire
electronics Box (motor electronics with Linux computer) and HC can be easily detached and protected from premature aging and moisture
damage

• Service friendly design - electronics box and HC
can be easily exchanged for service, without returning the precisely adjusted HPS mount

• Automatic refraction correction function implemented –
the only way for perfect unguided tracking during long
exposures

• Intuitively operated V2 software and QSI motor control system, integrated into an onboard Linux computer – intelligence built-in

• No external PC or laptop mandatory in the fi eld – all functions in the onboard computer can be
accessed via stand-alone hand control unit (HC)

• Precise multistar pointing models, entering satellite
and comet trajectories, programming individual observing sessions and much more

• Well documented fi rmware and drivers, working
autonomously w/o additional planetarium software, without need for external RS-232 converters / USB ports

• Excellent documentation in English and German

• Electronic balance - requiring one time balancing only

• Ultra stable pointing models for safe East/West load reversal – no change of pointing model necessary when changing accessories

• Precise polar alignment – software aided and accomplished within minutes

• Fully remote controlled via your observatory PC with 10/100 LAN included, perfectly prepared for your future Internet observatory

• Remote diagnostics assist option via Internet

The GM1000 HPS has a max load bearing capacity of 55 to 60 lbs and is both portable and easily manageable in the field.

Tests with 3600 second long unguided exposures have show tracking accuracy within +/- 0.5 arc seconds.

Technical Specs:

DRIVE MECHANICS
• Self-locking, high-precision worm-wheeldrives
with classic friction clutches
• Internal wiring – no external mount cables
(GM 1000 HPS)
• High torque Servo DC motors eliminate
imbalance motor stall
• GM 1000 HPS with ultra portable on-axis encoder
mount for uncompromizing stand-alone field use
DRIVE ELECTRONICS
• Ultra-high-precision RA & Dec on axis encoders, featuring morethan 10 million increments (interpolated), fully encapsulated and calibrated
• Up to 0.5“ RMS tracking accuracy - for long duration unguided imaging
• Closed loop (encoder controlled) satellite tracking speed - up to 20°/s
• Extremely low power consumption and miniature format (20 x 15 x 8cm) electronics
• After an observing session, the entire electronics box (motor electronics with Linux computer) and HC can be easily detached and protected from premature aging and moisture damage
• Service friendly design - electronics box and HC can be easily exchanged for service, without returning the precisely adjusted HPS mount
NGC 891.400 s unguided exposure with GM 2000
HPS 0.7 arcsecond/pixel scale

FIRMWARE
• Automatic refraction correction function implemented –
the only way for perfect unguided tracking during
long exposures
• Intuitively operated V2.7 software and QSI motor
control system, integrated into an onboard Linux
computer – intelligence built-in
• No external PC or laptop mandatory in the field –
all functions in the onboard computer can be
accessed via stand-alone hand control unit (HC)
• Precise multistar pointing models, entering satellite and comet trajectories, programming individual observing sessions and much more
• Well documented firmware and drivers, working
autonomously w/o additional planetarium software,
without need for external RS-232 converters /
USB ports
• Excellent documentation in English and German
• Electronic balance - requiring one time balancing only
• Ultra stable pointing model for safe East/West load reversal – no change of pointing model necessary when changing accessories
• Precise polar alignment – software aided and accomplished within minutes
• Fully remote controlled via your observatory PC
with 10/100 LAN included, perfectly prepared for your future robotic observatory.

Avalon Instruments M-Uno Fast Reverse Single Fork Arm Equatorial Mount

The M-Uno is an exciting and innovative new mount for high precision astro photography.

It is made in Italy by DAL SASSO Srl, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of high precision mechanics and marketed with the AVALON INSTRUMENTS trademark.

Click here to see recent APOD taken on M-Uno Mount

The M-Uno design has abandoned the traditional worm and gear arrangement in favour of a new transmission system based on pulleys and tooth belts, for both right ascension and declination.

This belt driven design produces various benefits over the traditional geared designs including

Very consistent motion, without play and the sudden peaks associated with traditional mounts, these are factors that are of particular importance for long exposure deep sky astro imaging.

Traditional mounts always suffer from backlash to a greater or lesser extent particularly in the declination axis The Linear Belt driven transmission system can now quickly reverse the Declination motion, without any backlash
This is the reason for the name: FAST REVERSE.

It is wortwhile stressing that, since the motion transmission in traditional gear-worm systems have just one contact point, any error on each of the two components will, sooner or later, result in tracking errors.

However, with the pulley-tooth belt system, no direct contact occurs and the motion is transmitted by the belt working with some 50% to 90% of the girth surface. Consequently, any errors are balanced among the cogs, and are lower in amplitude with respect to the geared ones

We have been testing the mount and have found even with very long focal length telescopes by adopting a low guide rate of 0.125x sidereal the M-Uno mount delivery pinpoint round stars over long exposures.

The single fork arm also means that there are no meridian flip issues as is the case with German Equatorial mounts and thus the mount will track a target from East through the Meridan into the West uninterrupted.

Another advantage of the single fork arm design is the absence of a long counterweight shaft. In an observatory in particular this frees up a significant amount of room.

No wear, No Friction.

No wearing effects will occur since no friction occurs amongst the various parts. In fact, the pulleys and the axes rotate on roller bearings, 13 for the right ascension, 12 for the declination.
The tooth belts are the same as used in car engines (with steel core), which are designed to work for 100.000 Km at an average speed of 2000 rpm, facing a 0-100°C thermal range in a few minutes. Compared to that, the stress supported by the belts working on these mounts is extremely low guaranteeing almost eternal life !

The mount as standard comes equipped with a Pier Top Adaptor and the Skywatcher Synscan Goto Controller.

The Synscan offers a simple and reliable goto performance that can be cobtrolled independently via the hand set or via a PC running popular Planetarium software via the included PC Connection cable.

In addition a EQDir adaptor is included with the mount which can be run via the EQMod suite of software.

In addition comes equipped with Pole Finder Telescope and Losmandy compatible Saddle Plate

Our early tests have left us very impressed with the M-Uno mount.

Technical Specs:

The LINEAR mount is specifically designed for astroimagers, with some important features including

- Excellent performances in guided imaging, even with high focal lengths, up to 3 metres
- Simple and original design
- Really portable and lightweight, with its useful handle and a weight of only 12.5 kg, without counterweight and bar
- Payload capacity up to 20 kg in imaging (best choice 15-18 kg)
- High quality manufacturing, all parts are designed for long lasting use, made of anodized aluminium and stainless steel, directly milled obtained from single blocks thanks to high precision 5 axes CNC machines.
- Reliable and consistent performance

- Easily suitable to the main commercial tripods, such as Baader AHT, Skywatcher EQ6 Tripod, Geoptik and several others.

Avalon T110 Tripod

The new metal tripods by Avalon Instruments have been designed to revolutionize the world of portable astronomy with both the style and function that Avalon Instruments is known for. Made entirely from anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware, the low weight and high stability of these tripods make them the ideal companion for travelling observers and astrophotographers.

The T-110 tripod has a 220 pound (100 Kg) capacity. Even with these substantial capacities, The T-110 weighs only 6.5 and collapses to just 30 inches (75 cm) while extending to a maximum height of 51 inches (130 cm).

The built-in spreader system allows the tripod to be quickly and easily opened with no loose parts while the double leg locks and included bubble level make it easy to level the tripod and securely lock it in place. The base of the legs can be fitted with ground spikes for soft ground or rubber tips for hard surfaces. In addition, the tripods are equipped with a convenient handle for easy transport.

While conceived for the Avalon M-Uno, Linear and upcoming M-Zero mounts, the T110 model is also compatible with other mounts including the SkyWatcher/Orion EQ6/Atlas and AZEQ6/Atlas Pro AZEQ-G, Celestron CGEM, Losmandy G11, Takahashi EM200, Vixen SXV/SXD/SXP/SXD2 and other mounts while the M-90 will be compatible with mounts including the SkyWatcher/Orion EQ-5/HEQ5/Sirius, Celestron CG-5/AVX, Takahashi EM10, Vixen GP/GPD2 and others.

Compatibility will be either native or through the use of an available adapter.

£849.00

Ioptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mounting

The ZEQ25GT is a new equatorial mount product from iOptron designed for imaging and visual observing, it sits between the IEQ30 and the SmartEQ PRO in carrying capacity and size, with a unique and innovative design.

The ZEQ25GT offers one of the most sophisticated electronic/mechanical packages on the market today in a smaller sized equatorial mount, with all the features you need to start imaging in the field quickly and easily.

The new iOptron "Z" design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the "Z" designed mount is unusually light-a nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft this design is known as the CEM or Chinese Equatorial Mount.

The ZEQ25GT is equipped with the most advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 59,000 objects-its Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects. The ZEQ25 - a new category of viewing and astrophotography.

The new iOptron "Z" design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the "Z" designed mount is unusually light-a nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft this design is known as the CEM or Chinese Equatorial Mount.

The ZEQ25GT is equipped with the most advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 59,000 objects-its Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects. The ZEQ25 - a new category of viewing and astrophotography.

ZEQ25 Features:

A new design "balanced" equatorial mount for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate Astro-photographers
Payload of 27 lbs (12.3 kg) with the mount-only weight of 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
Spring loaded gear system with customer adjustable loading force
Gear switches on both R.A. and DEC axes for easy balancing when disengaged
Adjustable counterweight shaft for 0º latitude operation
Dual-axis servomotor with enhanced optical encoder for precise GOTO and accurate tracking
iOptron AccuAligningTM calibrated polar scope with dark-field illumination and easy polar alignment procedure, allowing for fast and accurate polar alignment
Polar alignment routine for those who can't see the Pole Star
Go2Nova® 8408 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology
Periodic error correction (PEC)
Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
Built-in 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
Serial port for firmware upgrade and computer control
Spring loaded Vixen-style saddle
Standard 1.5 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (5kg), optional 2 inch tripod (8kg)
Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray
Optional PowerWeightTM rechargeable battery pack

Technical Specs:

Mount: "Z Balanced" Equatorial Mount
Payload: 27 lb (12.3kg), exclude counterweight
Mount weight: 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
Payload/Mount weight: 2.60
Right Ascension worm wheel: Φ88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
Declination worm wheel: Φ88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
Right Ascension axis shaft: Φ35mm steel
Declination axis shaft: Φ35mm steel
Right Ascension bearing: Φ55mm ball bearing
Declination bearing: Φ55mm ball bearing
Worm gears: Brass
Motor drive: Planetary Gear Reducer DC servo with encoder
Resolution: 0.14 arc seconds
Transmission: Synchronous belt/Gear
Latitude adjustment range: 0º ~ 60º
Azimuth adjustment range: ± 10º
GPS: Internal 32-channel GPS

Polar Scope
AccuAligningTM dark field illuminated
Level indicator
Level bubble
Hand Controller: Go2Nova® 8408 with 59,000 objects database
PEC: PEC
Tracking: Automatic
Speed: 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX(~4.5º/sec)
Counterweight shaft: Φ20mm x 300mm (0.7 kg)
Counterweight: 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
Tripod:1.5" Stainless Steel(5kg), optional 2"(8kg)
Dovetail saddle: Spring loaded Vixen-style
Power consumption: 0.25A(Tracking), 0.75A(GOTO)
Power requirement: 12V DC(9 ~ 15V), 1.5Amp
AC adapter: 100V ~ 240V (included)
Serial port: Yes (on hand controller)
Autoguide port: Yes
Firmware upgrade: Yes
PC computer control: Yes (ASCOM)
Operation temperature: -10ºC ~ 40ºC
Warranty: Two year limited

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