Ioptron Skytracker Pro

Introducing The SkyTrackerTM Pro

Upgraded from SkyTrackerTM, the Pro is more compact, small enough to fit on your palm, better precision, silent tracking, it even has a built-in rechargeable power source that runs for over 24 hours of continuous operation. The improved precision polar scope maintains a fine engraved reticule, now features adjustable illumination with eight brightness levels. Using with our smart phone app, quick and accurate polar alignment is just a joy.

The SkyTrackerTM Pro features four tracking rates, 1X or sidereal, 1/2X for sky and landscape, solar and lunar. All 4 tracking rates work in both northern and southern hemispheres. We have also added a quick slew mode with both forward and reverse to help quickly reframing your image without disrupting the cameras position.

We have made big improvements on the SkyTrackerTM Pro’s removable alt-azimuth base, which features a precision bubble level, degree markings for the altitude and a built in post for the azimuth control. You can also mount the SkyTrackerTM Pro head (without the base) directly to any standard photographic tripod with 1/4” or 3/8” threads. The SkyTrackerTM Pro is certainly a must have tool for any photographer interested in astroscape or wide field astrophotography.

SkyTracker really produces results fast: Customers regularly take astounding long exposure images with the SkyTracker, showing pinpoint stars and maximum detail. Even faint structure in deepsky objects is within your grasp.

For example, see this amazing SkyTracker image of a spring galaxy cluster taken by UK Astro Photographer Francis Milsom. This shot clearly reveals detail within spiral galaxies with a DSLR camera and 100mm lens!

Android Polar Alignment App now available

Iphone Polar Alignment App now available

Skytracker Pro Instructional Video Here

Features:
All metal structure with ABS covers
Attaches to a camera tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” threads
Accepts cameras weighing up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
Silent tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long-term exposures
Detachable alt-azi base with fine latitude and azimuth adjusters for easy polar alignment
Reversible mounting post for both 3/8” and 1/4” threaded ball head mounting
Includes iOptron AccuAlignTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
Adjustable polar scope illumination with eight brightness levels
4 tracking speed (1X, 1/2X, solar and lunar). 1X celestial tracking for imaging the sky and stars; 1/2X tracking speed for imaging both the starry night and the landscapes at the same time
Quick slew (180X max.) for camera framing adjustment
Operation in both northern and southern Hemisphere
Built-in rechargeable battery with Micro USB port for power and charging
Over 24 hours of operation (20°C)
1/4" – 3/8” thread converter included
Padded carry bag included
Optional ball heads available separately (#3305A)
Optional tripod (#3221)
Optional counterweight balance kit (#3324)

PACKAGE CONTENTS:
SkyTrackerTM Pro camera mount
Alt-azi base (installed)
AccuAlignTM dark field illuminated polar scope
Brass 3/8” and 1/4” threaded ball head mounting post (installed)
Padded carry bag
Micro USB charging cable
One Year Limited Warranty

Technical Specs:

Technical Specifications:
Mount Ultra compact single axis EQ
Payload (MAX) 6.6 lbs (3kg)
Mount weight 685 gm with battery
Mount weight with base 1150 gm (2.53 lbs) with battery
Body material Die-cast aluminum with ABS cover
RA shaft Φ25mm, steel
Worm wheel Φ74mm, 144 teeth aluminum alloy
Worm gear Φ11mm, brass
Worm period 600 sec
Bearing 4 pieces
Motor drive DC servo
Tracking R.A. automatic
Tracking speed 1X Cel, 1/2 Cel, solar, lunar, N/S
Fast slew speed 180X, forward and reverse
Polar sight hole ~ 8º FOV
Polar scope 6º FOV, dark field illuminated (8 adjustable intensity)
Power requirement Internal rechargeable battery
Battery type Li-Poly, 3.7V, 2000mAh
Duration of operation Over 24 hours at 20ºC
Power charge port Micro USB (5V), 80% charge in 5 hours
Body dimension 115x115x95 mm
Operation Temperature -15~40ºC
Mounting ring Ø53 mm, 3/8” or 1/4" post threads
Body-base connection Vixen dovetail, 3/8” socket w/ 1/4” converter
Alt-Azi adjustable Base Vixen style saddle, 3/8” socket (1/4" converter)
Latitude adjustment range -30º ~ 65º (with Alt-azi base)
AZ adjustment range ±5°
Base diameter Φ80 mm
Warranty One year limited (90 day on battery)

Losmandy G11 Equatorial Mount

The Losmandy G11 is one of the most successful and best selling medium sized mounts ever brought to the market.

We are delighted to be able to offer the latest G11 range with the new Gemini 2 mini controller.

When matched with the Gemini 2 mini controller the G11 offers superb build quality and engineering together with a modern high performance drive controller that permits Remote Robotic Astro Imaging whilst offering a very good load bearing performance, high precision pointing and autoguiding.

Included with the G11 is a Dovetail saddle-plate that fits both "D" Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail. Allows for the interchanging of any tube assembly and reduces need for DEC. weights.

To ensure the tracking accuracy necessary for high resolution deep sky imaging the G11 includes a 5.625” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear with 360 teeth and a dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.

The folding HD tripod is all machined aluminum and black anodized

Tripod height: Adjustable from 33” - 48”
Folding leg design for easy transporting.
Tripod weight 35 lb

The G11 is availabe with or without the HD Tripod and with either the Gemini 2 Mini Controller or Losmandy's dual axis drive system (non goto) as follows

G11 SLT - Dual Axis Drive No Tripod
G11 S - Dual Axis Drive HD Tripod Included
G11 GLT - Gemini 2 Mini Controller No Tripod
G11 G - Gemin 2 Min Controller HD Tripod Included

The Gemini 2 Mini Controller is highly recommended. It offers a huge range of functionality as befits a modern high performance drive controller.

It is internally powered by a battery and thus will not lose synchronisation on the sky in the event of a power cut.

Other features include:

Full Color Graphic Touch Screen clearly displays all functions
Auto color change from dawn to dusk
Classic four-button pattern for guiding, centering, moving and slewing on both the touch screen and a tactile membrane on the rear (Click for REAR VIEW)
1 star alignment
Multi star modeling for accurate pointing on both sides of meridian
30 arcsec all sky positional accuracy or better
For Losmandy GM8, G-11 & Titan mounts
Custom mount support using the Programmable Gear Rate function
Selectable GOTO, Slewing, Centering and Guiding Rate
GOTO rates up to 8 degs/sec (GM8)
DC Servos for improved accuracy with higher torque and smoother tracking than stepper motors
GPS-compatible with optional receiver
Stand-alone system. No PC required!
Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or serial port
Non-Volatile Memory and Real-Time Clock
Internal Battery keeps settings and preferences stored between uses
English, French, Spanish & German displays
Over 40,000 objects
Two USB ports; Virtual COM to PC, ASCOM or planetarium program
Port F - multi-function serial; A/D I/O
Firmware upgrade via internet
Permanennt PEC correction
Auto-Guide port (TTL)
Auto switch tracking rates
User define Park function
Search function
Identify function
Polar Align Assist
Polar Axis Correction
User define limit stops
Permanent Dec Backlash compensation
Electronic Balance Graph
Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, Terrestrial, Closed loop and Comet/user defined tracking rates
Synchronize function
Coordinate input
Bookmark set for your favorite objects
All objects displayed on hand controller are visible

Click here to see Gemini 2 FAQ

Also included is a 21lb counterweight which fits to a 1.25" Stainless Steel counterweight shaft.

Check out the Losmandy YouTube channel with lots of instructional videos

Technical Specs:

SPECIFICATION: R.A. / DEC. AXIS

All machined aluminum and stainless steel, black anodized.
All stainless steel hardware.
One 3.750” diameter needle thrust bearing.
One 2.000” diameter needle thrust bearing.
Two 1.500” diameter needle bearings.
5.625” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear, 360 tooth.
Dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.
Variable slip clutch, both axes. One knob per axis design.
Porter Slip Ring Design
1.250” diameter stainless steel shafts.
Through the axis polar scope mounting, works in Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Polar scope optional.
Instrument Weight Capacity 60 LBS
Equatorial head weight 33 lbs.

Losmandy GM8 Equatorial Mounting

The GM8 is the smallest of the Losmandy range of Equatorial mountings. It features the same high build quality as its larger brother the G11 but in a lighter and more portable form.

Like the G11 the GM8 is available with the Gemini 2 mini controller or Losmandy's dual axis drive (non goto) system.

The GM8 is ideal for customers wanting a high quality and well engineered portable GEM for both visual use and astrophotography.

The mount features a 2.812” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear with 180 teeth.

The GM8 features a dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm. 3.5” diameter laser engraved setting circles, 6 minute R.A. / 2 degrees DEC.

The R.A. circle is engraved for Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

The Dovetail saddle-plate fits both "D" Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail. Allows for the interchanging of any tube assembly-reduces need for DEC. weights.

Includes a fully locking, unique tangent arm design altitude adjustment, 6-68 degrees with large knob for easy alignment.

Laser engraved latitude scale in 2 degree increments.

Also included is a removable stainless steel 1-1/4 inch diameter weight shaft w/safety knob and
7 lb counterweight.

11 lb and 21 lb extra counterweights available.

GM8 SLT - Dual Axis Drive No Tripod
GM8 S - Dual Axis Drive HD Tripod Included
GM8 GLT - Gemini 2 Mini Controller No Tripod
GM8 G - Gemini 2 Min Controller HD Tripod Included

The Gemini 2 Mini Controller is highly recommended. It offers a huge range of functionality as befits a modern high performance drive controller.

It is internally powered by a battery and thus will not lose synchronisation on the sky in the event of a power cut.

Other features include:

Full Color Graphic Touch Screen clearly displays all functions
Auto color change from dawn to dusk
Classic four-button pattern for guiding, centering, moving and slewing on both the touch screen and a tactile membrane on the rear (Click for REAR VIEW)
1 star alignment
Multi star modeling for accurate pointing on both sides of meridian
30 arcsec all sky positional accuracy or better
For Losmandy GM8, G-11 & Titan mounts
Custom mount support using the Programmable Gear Rate function
Selectable GOTO, Slewing, Centering and Guiding Rate
GOTO rates up to 8 degs/sec (GM8)
DC Servos for improved accuracy with higher torque and smoother tracking than stepper motors
GPS-compatible with optional receiver
Stand-alone system. No PC required!
Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or serial port
Non-Volatile Memory and Real-Time Clock
Internal Battery keeps settings and preferences stored between uses
English, French, Spanish & German displays
Over 40,000 objects
Two USB ports; Virtual COM to PC, ASCOM or planetarium program
Port F - multi-function serial; A/D I/O
Firmware upgrade via internet
Permanennt PEC correction
Auto-Guide port (TTL)
Auto switch tracking rates
User define Park function
Search function
Identify function
Polar Align Assist
Polar Axis Correction
User define limit stops
Permanent Dec Backlash compensation
Electronic Balance Graph
Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, Terrestrial, Closed loop and Comet/user defined tracking rates
Synchronize function
Coordinate input
Bookmark set for your favorite objects
All objects displayed on hand controller are visible.

Click hereto see Gemini 2 FAQ

Check out the Losmandy Youtube channel with lots of instructional video's

Single knob azimuth control, bi-directional +/- 8.5 degree.

Technical Specs:

SPECIFICATION: R.A. / DEC. AXIS

All machined aluminum and stainless steel, black anodized.
All stainless steel hardware.
One 2.100” diameter needle thrust bearing.
One 2.000” diameter needle thrust bearing.
Two 1.500” diameter needle bearings.
2.812” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear, 180 tooth.
Dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.
Variable slip clutch, both axes. One knob per axis design.
Porter Slip Ring Design
1.250” diameter aluminum shafts.
Through the axis polar scope mounting, works in Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Polar scope optional.
Instrument Weight Capacity 30 LBS
Equatorial head weight 21 lbs.

10 Micron GM 2000 HPS Mounting

The 10 Micron GM 2000 HPS is the bigger brother of the GM 1000 HPS mount and uses the same technology.

Click here to see recent review of GM1000 HPS Mount

Boosted by a high-accuracy absolute encoders on each axis the GM2000HPS provides absolute positioning, thus eliminating the need for homing or zeroing procedures.
You will not lose your alignment by moving the mount by hand, releasing the clutches, even when the mount is unpowered, for example in
case of power outages.
This means ease of use when operating in the field, since the setup procedure is much faster. This means also additionalal security for remote
operation, since there is absolutely no way you can lose your alignment, even in case of slippage.

The absolute encoder provides also high-accuracy,
sub‑arcsecond tracking feedback, eliminating the need for autoguiding in the vast majority of applications.

The dual axis tracking function ensures correct tracking in case of polar misalignment, and is able to correct for atmospheric refraction.

The GM2000HPS is able to point and track artificial
satellites thanks to its slew speed of 20 °/s.

In Summary the GM 2000 HPS offers the following

The GM2000 HPS features:

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

•Provides up to 0.6“ 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 GM2000 HPS has a max load bearing capacity of 132 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.

Important Warranty Information click here

10 Micron GM1000 HPS High Precision Mounting

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.

Click here to see recent review of GM1000 HPS Mount

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.

Important Warranty Information click here

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.

£929.00

Skywatcher AZ-EQ5GT

The AZ-EQ5GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty Go-To/Tracking astronomical mount in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.
Supplied with a Synscan computerised handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.
In EQ mode, the AZ-EQ5GT is designed for either visual use or precise astro-imaging.
In AZ mode, it is primarily intended for visual use, and in this mode, two telescopes can be mounted simultaneously in parallel.
A great feature of the AZ-EQ5GT is the patented ‘Freedom-Find’ dual-encoder technology. This allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

Technical Specs:

Payload Capacity: 15kg (EQ Mode) or 15kg+15kg (Alt-AZ Dual-Mode)
Latitude Adjustment Range: 0-90°
Azimuth Adjustment Range: Approx 15°
Weight (excl. tripod & counterweights): 7.7kg
Counterweights: 2 x 3.5kg
Dovetail Saddles: 2 x 45mm (Accepts Sky-Watcher/Vixen type Dovetail Bars)
Pier Tripod: Weight 6.1kg, 1.75” Stainless Steel Legs (also compatible with EQ5/HEQ5 Tripod)
Counterweight Bar: 18mm Diameter, Length 162mm + 120mm Extension
Motors: 1.8° Hybrid Stepper Motors
Transmission: 135:1 Worm Drive + 36:12 Timing Belt Drive + 64 Micro-Step/1.8° Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio: 810
Resolution: 5184000 Counts/Rev (approx. 0.25 arc-second)
Maximum Slewing Speed: 3.4°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Mode: Equatorial or Alt-Azimuth
Auto-Guiding Speed: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x & 1x
Whisper Quiet Slewing
PPEC Control in EQ Mode
DSLR Electronic Shutter Release Ports: 2
Autoguider Interface: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
Hand Controller: Synscan (42,900+ Object Database)
Polar Alignment: Via Software Control (Polar Scope optional)
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 Arc-Minutes (RMS)
Resolution of Aux R.A./Dec Axis Encoders: 5144 Counts/Rev., approx. 4.2 Arc-Minutes
Power Requirement: DC 11-16V 2A (Sky-Watcher 7Ah or 17Ah Power Tank Recommended)

£1,285.00

iOptron IEQ30 PRO GOTO Equatorial Mount with Tripod (new version #3000E)

NEW PRO version iEQ30 (#3000E). First shipment sold out in advance. Second shipment due late June. Click on the "Notify when in stock" button to get an email update when ready to ship or to guarantee your mount, pre-order.

What's changed in the new PRO version model #3000E? The New PRO version looks the same on the outside as the previous model but there have been substantial internal changes, with similar upgrades to the iEQ45 "PRO" version, namely ultra quiet stepper motor technology, better GOTO and tracking accuracy, and better electronics systems. The iEQ30 PRO is compatible with the new iOptron PC ASCOM control panel v3.0, and the new 3+ version coming out soon. It is not possible to upgrade from the previous model to the PRO version.

Advanced: The iEQ30 PRO offers the next generation GoTo technology from iOptron®. It comes standard with a calibrated dark field illumination polar scope, built-in GPS, and sturdy 1.5 -inch stainless steel tripod legs. (Field or permanent pier adapters available). Plus, it offers premium performance in an easy-to-transport package.

Accurate: The iEQ30 PRO has become a quick favourite with those who want a general purpose German Equatorial mount which not only has accurate GOTO target acquisition, but also accurate tracking, yet is light and compact enough for field-use.

Portable: The iEQ30 PRO is equally capable as an imaging or visual mount, in a very portable package. Consider the mount-head weight (the heaviest component) is only 6.8 kg (15 lbs) whilst the maximum payload is 13.5kg (30lb) for an amazing capacity to weight ratio.

"In terms of features, capacity and portability, we feel the iEQ30 is one of the best value mounts on the market for customers with refractors up to 4.5" or reflectors up to 8" whether you're a visual observer or astro-photographer" - Altair

The benefits of advanced technology in one small compact package:

Accurate GOTO and a huge object database: The iEQ30 features high resolution encoders (0.11 arc second resolution), plus the industry leading iOptron GOTO technology found on the iEQ45 and Minitower mounts. That means less "hunting" associated with less sophisticated GOTO mounts. This is convenient for imagers and visual observers alike.

Multi-line handset display: More information can be be displayed in an intuitive format with a logical menu structure.

Easy, quick, yet accurate polar alignment using GPS data: GPS data is used to display a real-time diagram, showing the correct star-placement on the polar-scope reticule. This helps with quick, yet very accurate polar alignment.

Portability: With a capacity to head-weight ratio of about 2:1 you'll be hard-pressed to find another mount with these features and price.

iEQ30 PRO (#3000E) feature summary:
Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate astrophotographers
AccuAlignTM polar scope with dark-field illumination and Quick Polar Alignment procedure, allowing for fast and accurate polar alignment
Payload: 30 lbs
Mount weight: 15 lbs
Updated with more advanced control electronics
Ultra quiet slewing and tracking
Higher gear ratio (RA 180 teeth | DEC 144 teeth)
1.8 degree stepper motor, 128 microsteps
Resolution: 0.14 arc second
Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)
Maximum slew speed 6 deg/sec (1440X)
Built-in 32-channel GPS
Hand controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GoTo Technology and heating mechanism
Lowest working temperature: -20C
Power interruption recovery feature
RS232 port for mount firmware upgrade and ASCOM control
ST-4 autoguiding port
1.5 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod legs (10.6 lbs)
Die cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray
Optional Tri-Pier available.
Optional foam-fitted sturdy hard case for storage and travel available (#8080)
Comes standard with: 4.5kg counterweight, 12V DC car plug adaptor, Stainless Steel counterweight shaft, RS232-RJ9 cable.
International 2 pin AC adapter available separately.

Technical Specs:

Mount German Equatorial Mount
Payload 30 lbs (13.5kg)
Mount Weight 15 lbs (6.8kg)
Latitude Adjustment Range 0º ~ 65º
Azimuth Adjustment Range ± 6º
RA Worm period 480 S
Right Ascension Worm Wheel Ø110 mm, 180 teeth
Declination Worm Wheel Ø88 mm, 144 teeth
RA and DEC worm Ø15.2 mm, M=0.6, brass
RA Bearing Ø68 mm
DEC Bearing Ø55 mm
Right Ascension Axis Shaft Ø40 mm, steel
Declination Axis Shaft Ø30 mm, steel
Gear meshing Zero backlash
CW shaft Ø20 mm, Stainless steel
CW 10 lbs (4.5kg)
Mount base diameter Ø120 mm
Dovetail saddle Vixen
Level indicator Precision bubble
Polar Scope AccuAlignTM G2 polar scope, dark field illumination
Drive Motor 1.8° stepper motor, 128 microdivision
Resolution 0.14 arc seconds (256 PPS)
Transmission 48MXL Synchronous belt
Motor control Open loop
PEC Permanent PEC
Hand controller Go2Nova® 8407+,359,000 objects database, star recognition
HC display 8 line, 21 character LCD, heated
Slew speed 9 speeds, 6°/sec max (1440X)
Tracking rate Sidereal/Solar/Lunar/King/User
Meridian treatment Stop (0-15° pass) and auto flip
GPS Build-in 32 Channel GPS
Communication port RS232
Guiding port ST-4
Power interuption recover Yes
Power requirement DC 12V (11~15V) 2A
Power consumption 0.4A(Tracking) 0.6A(GOTO)
Computer control Yes (ASCOM)
Operation temperature -20~45°C
Tripod 1.5” Stainless Steel (10.6lb or 4.8kg)

£799.00

Altair Starbase Field 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 CEM25

Special Order Product Delivery Time approx. 8 Days from order placement

The next step up of ZEQ25 - The New CEM25!

Center-balanced Equatorial Mount, a mount whisper quiet and light weight! The mount uses up to 60% less GOTO power consumption than other mounts in category.

The "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.

The CEM25 is equipped with the latest advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 59,000 objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.

Features:
A new design Center-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
Stepper motor with low power consumption
New electronics and control adapter from CEM60
iOptron AccuAlignTM 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
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
1.5" inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (7kg)
Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray
Optional PowerWeightTM rechargeable battery pack
Optional StarFi WiFi adaper for full function control via SmartPhone/Tablet/Computer

Technical Specs:

Technical Specifications:
Mount: Center-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: 1.8 º stepper motor, 128X microdivision
Resolution: 0.14 arc seconds
Transmission: Synchronous belt
Latitude adjustment range: 0º ~ 60º
Azimuth adjustment range: ± 10º
GPS: Internal 32-channel GPS
Polar Scope: AccuAlignTM dark field illuminated
Level indicator: Level bubble
Hand Controller: Go2Nova® 8408 with 150,000+ objects database
PEC: Yes
Tracking: Automatic
Tracking Speeds: 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX1440X)
Counterweight shaft: Φ20mm
Counterweight: 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
Tripod: 1.5" Stainless Steel(8kg)
Dovetail saddle: Spring loaded Vixen-style
Power consumption: 0.35A(Tracking), 0.6A(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

Manual:
Please pay attention to the operation differences between the ZEQ25 and CEM25 mount, especially the Zero Position and Tension Adjuster.

£1,850.00

iOptron iEQ45 PRO GOTO Equatorial Mount

The iOptron iEQ45 series of mounts is aimed at the astro-imaging enthusiast. It's has a light-weight head with a high capacity to weight ratio, and the unique AccuAlign TM GPS driven polar alignment system makes for quick, easy setup in the field.

What's new on the iEQ45 PRO? The new iEQ45 PRO features new even more advanced electronics, and mechanical components, derived from the ground-breaking CEM60 design. Compabined with the existing features, the iEQ45 PRO is now a class leader in this class of equatorial mounts.

Weight and portability: The iEQ45 is the lightest mount in it's price range, and it's very easy to carry. The head weight (heaviest component) is only 9.7kg! The iEQ45 weighs less than half other mounts with the same carrying capacity. This is probably the best ratio on the market for a mount in this price range. (Please note, the stated capacity does not include the supplied counterweights, which weigh an additional 22lb. If you load the mount to it's 45lb maximum capacity, you'll need to balance it with approx. 45lb counterweights, in which case the mount will be carrying about 90lb total weight).

PC remote software control: Aside from the GPS and Polar Alignment asistance features, PC control is possible using planetarium software. For accurate autoguiding, an ST4 port is provided. The mount can record Periodic Error Correction data from 3rd party software to play it back and improve tracking accuracy even more. The brightness adjustable multi-line display hand control module is extremely easy-to-use, and contains an enormous 130,000 object database.

Technical Specs:

Mount type EQ
Maximum payload (EQ) 45 lbs (20kg)
Mount weight (exclude CW) 25 lbs (11.4 kg )
Latitude adjustment range 5~70°
Azimuth adjustment range ±6°
RA Worm period 337 S
Right Ascension worm wheel 256 teeth, M=0.5, aluminum
Declination worm wheel 228 teeth, M=0.5, aluminum
RA and DEC worm Ø17 mm, brass
RA bearing Ø80mm
DEC bearing Ø68mm
Right Ascension axis shaft Ø50 mm, steel
Declination axis shaft Ø40 mm, steel
Gear meshing Zero backlash
CW shaft Ø28 mm, Stainless steel
CW 11 lbs (5kg) X 2
Mount base diameter Ø150mm
Dovetail saddle 6" Dual Vixen/Losmandy
Level indicator Precision bubble
Polar Scope AccuAlignTM G2 polar scope, dark field illumination
Tripod/Pier 2" stainless steel tripod
(6" pier optional, 42" or 48" tall)
Drive motor 1.8° stepper motor,
128 microsteps
Resolution 0.09 arcsec
Transmission Synchronous belt
Motor control Open loop
PEC Permanent PEC
Hand controller Go2Nova® 8407+,359,000 objects database, star recognition
HC display 8 line, 21 character LCD, heated
Slew speed 9 speeds, 5.83°/sec max (1400X)
Tracking rate Sidereal/Solar/Lunar/King/User
Meridian treatment Stop (0-15° pass) and auto flip
GPS Build-in 32 Channel GPS
Communication port RS232
Guiding port ST-4
Power interuption recover Yes
Power requirement DC 12V (11~15V) 2A
Power consumption 0.45A(Tracking) 0.75A(GOTO)
Computer control Yes (ASCOM)
Operation temperature -20~45°C

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