iOptron IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount with 42" Pier & Carrying Case

iOptron IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount with 42" Pier & Carrying Case

iOptron IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount with 42" Pier & Carrying Case

B&H # IO8000EHCZ42 MFR # 8000E-HC-AZ-42P

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized Computer-Controlled Mount
  • Single or Double OTA Mounting Ability
  • Precision Dual-Axis Stepper Motor
  • Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller
  • 358,000+ Object Database
  • 6" Losmandy/Vixen Dovetail Saddle
  • Built-In 32-Channel GPS Unit
  • AccuAligning Polar Axis Scope
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction
  • 42" Aluminum Pier with Retractable Legs
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iOptron 8000E-HC-AZ-42P overview

  • 1Description

Conceived, designed, and built for entry-level to intermediate astrophotographers, the IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount from iOptron is outfitted with precision stepper motors, zero-backlash gears, the ability for you to program out the Periodic Error Correction (PEC) common to all worm gears, and a computer controller to provide an ideal platform for imaging. Its unique mounting capabilities allow it to be set up in an equatorial configuration for the smooth and accurate single-axis tracking required for long-exposure astrophotography, or as an alt-azimuth mount to make setup and alignment fast and easy so you can get observing quicker. An additional advantage of using the EQ mode for astrophotography, versus alt-az, is that when tracking in this configuration there is no field rotation, so the image won't shift over time, for clearer images without star streaks.

The mount has a dual dovetail saddle that fits both Losmandy- and Vixen-style plates to make it compatible with the two most popular mounting configurations on the market. It has a maximum payload capacity of 45 pounds in EQ mode or 55 + 35 pounds when dual-mounted in alt-az mode, and it can easily hold large telescopes, counterweights, and accessories. A built-in 32-channel GPS receiver sends your date/time/location information directly to the Go2Nova hand controller, so the telescope can be set up quickly. This version of the mount replaces the standard tripod with a fixed-height 42" aluminum pier. While less portable, piers are more stable than tripods, with better vibration reduction, and are less prone to movement by wind or passing cars. With the addition of a pier, the mount becomes steadier and more reliable for long-exposure astrophotography.

The included dark-field illuminated AccuAligning polar axis scope installs through the body of the mount for accurate EQ alignment and alignment verification and correction during observation and imaging sessions.

The dual-axis stepper motors are controlled by the Go2Nova hand controller. This system has an internal database of 358,000+ celestial objects, with 60 user-defined objects to program yourself. The hand controller has updatable firmware through the built-in serial port. With nine slew speeds and automatic tracking capabilities, finding and keeping objects centered in the field of view is easy no matter whether you're viewing the fast-moving Moon or much slower deep-space subjects.

  • Dual mount configuration: Mount a single optical tube assembly (OTA) in Equatorial mode to enable smooth and accurate single-axis tracking for long-exposure astroimaging; Alt-az mode allows for mounting one or two OTAs, with fast and accurate GoTo observations plus fast setup and alignment
  • Payload capacity of 45 pounds, excluding counterweights, in EQ mode when properly balanced, or 55 pounds + 33 pounds in the dual-mount alt-az mode
  • 6" Losmandy/Vixen dual saddle accepts the two most popular mounting plate options
  • AccuAligning polar scope with dark-field illumination for easy and fast polar alignment
  • Gear switches on both right ascension (RA) and declination (dec) axes enable convenient movement by hand
  • Built-in 32-channel GPS receiver communicates accurate day/date/time/location information to the Go2Nova controller
  • Accurate tracking with temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)
  • Integrated bubble level
  • Two 11-pound counterweights to properly balance load in EQ mode
Motors and Gears
  • Precision 128x microstep stepper motor with 0.09 arcsecond accuracy for quiet, smooth, and precise GoTo capability with accurate tracking
  • FlexiTouch, zero-gap RA and dec worm gears ensure perfect gear meshing with no backlash
  • Precision 256-tooth RA and 228-tooth dec aluminum worm wheels
  • Screw/worm-type latitude adjuster for precision adjustments, 5-70° range
  • Slew speed and direction controlled via Go2Nova controller
  • 110-240 VAC and 12 VDC car plug power adapters included
Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller
  • User-friendly menu-driven interface
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, King's, and User-defined (variable from 0.99x to 1.01x sidereal)
  • 9-speed slew control with quiet mode
  • 358,000+ object database includes stars, constellations, and eight astronomical catalogs including Messier and NCG IC
  • Alignment: Solar System, One-Star, Two-Star, Three-Star, Polar Iterate
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) removes inaccuracies inherent in gears and allows for more accurate tracking, especially for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Enter specific RA and dec coordinates of objects for immediate GoTo
  • 8-line, 21-character/line red-light backlit LCD screen
  • Updatable firmware through built-in serial port
  • Computer control with planetarium software
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port capable of reverse guiding with auto-protection
  • Built-in heater for wider operating temperature range
  • Database details:
  • Solar System: Planets, Moon, and Sun
  • 60 popular deep-sky objects with the common names
  • All 110 Messier objects
  • 7840 NGC catalog objects
  • 5386 IC catalog objects
  • 12,921 UGC catalog objects
  • 30,642 MCG catalog objects
  • 109 Caldwell catalog objects
  • 4076 Abell catalog objects
  • 400 Herschel catalog objects
  • 195 named stars
  • 210 binary stars
  • 38,528 GCVS variable stars
  • 258,997 SAO catalog objects
  • 15 comets
  • 116 asteroids
  • 88 modern constellations with their names
  • Up to 60 user-defined objects, including comets, to easily find your favorites
Included Items
  • Pier:
  • Pier offers greater stability and vibration-reduction versus tripods
  • 42" tall, fixed height
  • Aluminum-alloy construction with steel spread legs and support rods
  • 132-pound payload capacity
  • Diameter: 5.7", with 5.9" top plate
  • Leg length: 22.5"
  • Leg spread: 46"
  • Packed dimensions: 34x6"
  • Mount head carrying case:
  • Hard plastic exterior protects from weather and impacts
  • Compression snap locks help to seal lid to body
  • Two lock holes allow case to be secured
  • Hinged plastic handle
  • Custom-cut foam interior keeps mount head safe during transport and storage
In the Box
iOptron IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount with 42" Pier & Carrying Case
  • iEQ45 Pro Dual EQ/AZ Mount
  • Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller
  • AC Adapter
  • AccuAlign G2 Polar Scope
  • RS232 to RJ9 Cable
  • 12 VDC Car/Vehicle Power Adapter uaaqxusy
  • 2 x 11 lb Counterweight for iEQ45/CEM60 EQ Mounts
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 42" Aluminum Pier
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    iOptron 8000E-HC-AZ-42P specs

    Mount Type Combination German equatorial and alt-azimuth
    Payload Capacity EQ Mode: 45.0 lb / 20.4 kg
    Dual-Mount, Alt-Az Mode: 55.0 lb / 25.0 kg + 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Right Ascension Axis Worm Wheel: 130mm-diameter, 256 teeth aluminum
    Shaft: 50mm-diameter, steel
    Bearing: 80mm-diameter ball bearing
    Worm Gear: 17mm-diameter, brass
    Declination Axis Worm Wheel: 116mm-diameter, 228 teeth aluminum
    Shaft: 40mm-diameter, steel
    Bearing: 68mm-diameter ball bearing
    Worm Gear: 17mm-diameter, brass
    Motor Dual 128x stepper motors
    Resolution: 0.09 arcsecond
    Adjustment Range Latitude: 5 to 70°
    Azimuth: ±6°
    GPS Internal 32-channel receiver
    GoTo Capability Yes, Go2Nova 8407+ hand controller
    Polar Axis Scope Yes, AccuAlign G2 polar scope with dark-field illumination
    Includes Tripod/Pier Pier
    Height: 42.0" / 106.6 cm
    Aluminum alloy, steel spread-legs and support rods
    Payload Capacity: 132 lb / 60.0 kg
    Pier Diameter: 5.7" / 14.4 cm; 5.9" / 15.0 cm top plate
    Leg Length: 22.5" / 57.0 cm
    Leg Spread: 46.0" / 117.0 cm
    Packed Dimensions: 34.0 x 5.9" / 84.0 x 15.0 cm
    Operating Temperature -4 to 104°F / -20 to 40°C
    Power Requirement 10 - 14 VDC, 2 A
    Consumption: 0.45 A when tracking; 0.75 A using GoTo
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Mount: 25.0 lb / 11.3 kg
    Tripod: 23.0 lb / 10.4 kg

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