iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tri-Pier & Case

iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tri-Pier & Case

iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tri-Pier & Case

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iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tri-Pier & Case

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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
  • Portable Tri-Pier & Case
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  • 1Description

Building on the success of their Cube and MiniTower mounts, iOptron upgraded the payload capacity and speed to make the MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount, then added their sturdy and portable tri-pier support system to create a versatile, solid, and powerful observation platform for near and deep sky astronomy. This 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 33 lb 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, while the Tri-Pier combines the strength and stability of a pier with the portability and leveling flexibility of a tripod to provides a rock-solid support system for the mount without requiring permanent installation.

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 an 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.

  • Motorized alt-az mount
  • Compact design
  • Dual-Axis 12VDC servomotor with optical encoders
  • Resolution of 0.1 arcsec
  • 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 110 VAC adapter or eight user-supplied AA batteries
  • Automatic over-current protection
  • Integrated bubble level
  • 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
  • 10 lb (4.5kg) counterweight
  • Retractable counterweight bar for balancing larger gear
  • Secondary Vixen dovetail plate replaces counterweight bar for dual-OTA mounting with 10 lb 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
  • Pier and leg tops are made of lightweight and durable aluminum
  • Strong and sturdy stainless steel leg extensions
  • Vibration suspension pads on each foot
  • Max Payload Capacity: 220 lb
  • Adjustable Height: 31.5-42.5" (80-108cm)
  • Maximum leg spread: 48.8" (124cm)
  • Folds up into a relatively compact 26 x 12.8" package
  • Legs Store in Pier
  • Weight: 25.8 lb (11.7kg)
Carrying Cases
  • Hard aluminum carrying case for mount
    • Dual compression latches
    • Reinforced corners for added durability
    • Egg-crate foam lid liner
    • Custom-cut foam for mount and accessories
    • Hinged carrying handle
  • Rolling case for Tri-Pier
    • Sturdy nylon wheels on one end
    • Hinged molded handle
    • Dual side carrying straps
    • Top-loading lid has a zipper that opens three sides to allow it to open all the way and fold down out of the way
    • Areas around the wheels and pull handle are reinforced for durability and long life
In the Box
iOptron MiniTower Pro Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tri-Pier & Case
  • Tri-Pier for GoTo Mounts with Rolling Case (White/Black)
  • GoToNova 8401 Hand Controller with Cable
  • 10 lb Counterweight
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • Secondary Dovetail
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hard Case, for Mount
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Mount Type Motorized alt-azimuth
    Load Capacity Primary: 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Secondary: 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg
    Motor Dual-axis 12 VDC servomotor with digital encoders
    GoTo System Go2Nova 8401 hand controller
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Tripod Tri-Pier portable pier
    25.8 lb / 11.7 kg
    220 lb / 100 kg, payload capacity
    Adjustable height: 31.5" - 42.5" / 80.0 - 108.0 cm
    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
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