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iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with 2" Tripod

iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with 2" Tripod

iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with 2" Tripod

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iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with 2" Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Compact, Motorized, Computer-Controlled
  • Dual-Axis DC Servomotors with Encoders
  • Dual-Mount 33/10 lb Payload Capacity
  • Go2Nova 8401 Hand Controller
  • Automatic GoTo and Tracking
  • Backlash Compensation and PEC
  • 130,000 Object Database
  • AC Adapter or Battery Powered
  • Dual Vixen-Style Dovetail Saddles
  • 2" Stainless Steel Adjustable Tripod
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Building on the success of their Cube and MiniTower mounts, iOptron upgraded the payload capacity and speed to create their MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount. This versatile and highly flexible motorized computer-controlled unit is ideal for most star gazing or astrophotography duties with the ability to function as a dual-mount for two OTAs. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit which is compatible with all telescope OTAs with a Vixen or larger Losmandy dovetail plate up to 33lb including accessories. The unique design eliminates dead spots enabling you to point your telescope to any point above the horizon, unlike other mounts which tend to block the telescope tube at certain points of rotation. A secondary Vixen-style plate is included and replaces the counterweight to enable a dual-OTA setup. This additional mounting option makes this mount ideal for observation/astrophotography rigs, star parties, or other specialized observational requirements. This secondary mounting point has a maximum payload capacity of 10 pounds making it ideal for smaller refractors or Cassegrain scopes. A hard carrying case for the mount and accessories is included for safe storage and transport, and a 2" stainless steel tripod is also provided so all you need is a compatible OTA to start your observation session.

Included with the mount is the Go2Nova 8401 computer controller. This handheld unit features a 130,000 object database with 256 user-defined customizable objects for your favorite celestial bodies. The easy-to-use menu-driven system displays on a 8-line 21-character back-lit screen. This fully GoTo-capable unit has automatic tracking for fast moving near-space objects such as the Moon and planets, and slower moving deep-sky objects like nebulae and galaxies. For set-up or manual use, it has nine slew speeds starting at 1x and topping out at 4°/sec. To help you get observing faster, the controller has multiple alignment procedures, plus a 32-channel GPS receiver that provides the mount with accurate day/time/location information in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. For improved tracking, you have the ability to program out periodic errors that might occur during long-duration tracking, and there is also backlash compensation to eliminate settling that might occur at certain points due to the gaps in the gears. The Go2Nova controller is powered by the mount to make use easier and simple while reducing the unit's weight.

Mount
  • Motorized alt-az mount
  • Compact design
  • Dual-Axis 12VDC servomotor with optical encoders
  • Resolution of 0.1 arc sec
  • Aluminum worm wheel
  • Brass worm gear
  • Automatic clutch protection for both axes
  • Manual push-to for both axes
  • 32-channel GPS module for accurate day/time/location information without user input
  • Runs on included 110VAC adapter or eight user-supplied AA batteries
  • Automatic over-current protection
  • Integrated bubble level
Mounting
  • Zero "dead spots": Many other mounts block the OTA at certain points of rotation
  • 33 lb primary payload capacity
  • Dual 8" Vixen/Losmandy saddle to mount compatible OTAs
  • 10lb (4.5kg) counterweight
  • Retractable counterweight bar for balancing larger gear
  • Secondary Vixen dovetail plate replaces counterweight bar for dual-OTA mounting with 10lb payload
Go2Nova 8401 Hand Controller
  • Easy-to-navigate menu-driven interface
  • Automatic GoTo and tracking
  • 130,000 object database
  • Objects include:
    • 8 Planets
    • The Sun
    • The Moon
    • 60 Named deep sky objects
    • 110-object Messier catalog
    • 7840-object NGC catalog
    • 5386-object IC catalog
    • 12939-object UGC catalog
    • 29004-object MCG catalog
    • 109-object Caldwell catalog
    • 2712-object Abell catalog
    • 400-object Herschel catalog
    • 190 Comets
    • 4096 Asteroids
    • 191 Named stars
    • 40 Double stars
    • 38624 GCVS variable stars
    • 26584-object SAO catalog
    • 88 Modern constellations
    • 256 user-defined objects
  • One-star, Two-star, Three-star alignment processes
  • Anti-backlash compensation to eliminate the play between mount gears
  • PEC (Periodic Error Correction) helps to correct errors in tracking over prolonged periods
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x, 256x, 512x, MAX (4°/sec)
  • Large 8-line, 21-character LCD screen with backlit LED buttons
  • USB Port for computer/ASCOM interconnectivity to use planetarium computer software of firmware updates via the Internet
  • Supports compatible electric focusers with anti-backlash compensation
  • Supports illuminated polar axis scopes and illuminated reticle eyepieces
  • Use in Northern or Southern hemispheres
  • USB port
Tripod
  • Stainless steel
  • 2.0" leg diameter
  • Accessory tray
  • Spiked feet for sure footing in soft ground
  • Weight: 12 lb (5.4 kg)
In the Box
iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with 2" Tripod
  • GoToNova 8401 Hand Controller with Cable
  • 2" Tripod with Leveling Screws
  • 10lb Counterweight
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • Secondary Dovetail
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hard Case, for Mount
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Specifications
    Mount Type Motorized alt-azimuth
    Load Capacity Primary: 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Secondary: 10.0 lb / 4.5
    Motor Dual-axis 12 VDC servomotor with digital encoders
    GoTo System Go2Nova 8401 hand controller
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Tripod Adjustable-height stainless steel
    2.0" / 5.1 cm leg diameter
    Mount Vixen/Losmandy-style dual dovetail saddle
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries
    110 VAC power adapter
    12 VDC car/vehicle power adapter
    Power Requirements 12 VDC, 1.5 A
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 58.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.7 x 14.7 x 10.3"
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