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 ฐ/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 20ฐ/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 20ฐ/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 20ฐ/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: 0-90ฐ
Azimuth Adjustment Range: Approx 15ฐ
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: 1.8ฐ Hybrid Stepper Motors
Transmission: 135:1 Worm Drive + 36:12 Timing Belt Drive + 64 Micro-Step/1.8ฐ Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio: 810
Resolution: 5184000 Counts/Rev (approx. 0.25 arc-second)
Maximum Slewing Speed: 3.4ฐ/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)

£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

£1,399.00

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 5~70ฐ
Azimuth adjustment range ฑ6ฐ
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 ุ17 mm, brass
RA bearing ุ80mm
DEC bearing ุ68mm
Right Ascension axis shaft ุ50 mm, steel
Declination axis shaft ุ40 mm, steel
Gear meshing Zero backlash
CW shaft ุ28 mm, Stainless steel
CW 11 lbs (5kg) X 2
Mount base diameter ุ150mm
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 1.8ฐ stepper motor,
128 microsteps
Resolution 0.09 arcsec
Transmission Synchronous belt
Motor control Open loop
PEC Permanent PEC
Hand controller Go2Novaฎ 8407+,359,000 objects database, star recognition
HC display 8 line, 21 character LCD, heated
Slew speed 9 speeds, 5.83ฐ/sec max (1400X)
Tracking rate Sidereal/Solar/Lunar/King/User
Meridian treatment Stop (0-15ฐ 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 -20~45ฐC

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 ฃ250

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

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