iOptron Cube-E GoTo Alt-Az Mount (Astro Blue)

BH #IO8500B • MFR #8500B
iOptron
iOptron Cube-E GoTo Alt-Az Mount (Astro Blue)
Key Features
  • Motorized Computer-Controlled AZ Mount
  • Dual-Axis DC Servomotors with Encoders
  • Compact 8x5x5" Design, 7 lb Payload
  • GoTo Nova 8405 Hand Controller
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iOptron's astro blue Cube-E GoTo Alt-Az Mount is a functional, flexible, motorized, and computer-controlled unit that is ideal for most stargazing duties, yet sports a compact design that measures a mere 8x5x5" and weighs just 3 pounds. The dual-axis servomotors are built into a small single unit that is compatible with all telescope optical tube assemblies (OTAs) with a Vixen-style dovetail plate up to 7 pounds including accessories. The unique design eliminates "dead spots," enabling you to point your telescope to any point above the horizon without the risk of blocking the telescope tube at certain points of rotation. This mount comes with a 110 VAC adapter to power it if you're near civilization, but if you're heading off the grid it can run on eight user-supplied AA batteries. A 1.25" stainless steel tripod is provided so all you need is a compatible OTA to start your observation session.
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iOptron 8500B Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Mount
  • 3GoTo Nova Controller
  • 4Tripod

iOptron's astro blue Cube-E GoTo Alt-Az Mount is a functional, flexible, motorized, and computer-controlled unit that is ideal for most stargazing duties, yet sports a compact design that measures a mere 8x5x5" and weighs just 3 pounds. The dual-axis servomotors are built into a small single unit that is compatible with all telescope optical tube assemblies (OTAs) with a Vixen-style dovetail plate up to 7 pounds including accessories. The unique design eliminates "dead spots," enabling you to point your telescope to any point above the horizon without the risk of blocking the telescope tube at certain points of rotation. This mount comes with a 110 VAC adapter to power it if you're near civilization, but if you're heading off the grid it can run on eight user-supplied AA batteries. A 1.25" stainless steel tripod is provided so all you need is a compatible OTA to start your observation session.

Included with the mount is the GoTo Nova 8405 computer controller. This handheld unit features a 14000+ object database with 256 user-defined objects for your favorite celestial or terrestrial bodies. The easy-to-use menu-driven system displays on a 4-line, 21-character backlit 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 setup or manual use it has five slew speeds starting at 2x and going up to 4°/second. The GoTo Nova controller is powered by the mount to make use easier and simple while reducing the unit's weight.

Mount

  • 7-pound payload capacity
  • Motorized alt-az mount
  • Compact design
  • Dual-axis DC servomotor
  • Optical encoders monitor motors to improve tracking accuracy
  • Acetal worm wheel, nylon 6 worm gear
  • Four steel ball bearings for smooth, low-vibration tracking
  • Zero "dead spots" that could block an OTA at certain points of rotation
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle to mount compatible OTAs
  • Runs on included 110 VAC power adapter or eight user-supplied AA batteries
  • Operating temperature: 32-104°F
  • Integrated bubble level
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds

GoTo Nova Controller

  • Easy-to-navigate menu-driven interface
  • Easy One-star or Two-star alignment
  • 14000+ object database, plus 256 user-defined objects
  • Watch List: Create virtual custom tour by choosing objects to see and system will automatically GoTo each object in the list after successful alignment
  • Accuracy 1 arcmin
  • Slew speeds: 2x, 8x, 64x, 256x, Max (4°/sec)
  • Average GoTo accuracy: 1 arcmin
  • 4-line, 21-character LCD screen with backlit LED buttons
  • Red LED reading light on back to see eyepieces or filters without affecting night-adjusted vision
  • Database:
  • Sun, Moon, planets
  • Named deep-sky objects
  • Messier catalog
  • Comets and asteroids
  • Named stars, double stars, SAO star catalog
  • Major constellations
  • 256 user-defined objects, including terrestrial locations

Tripod

  • Stainless steel legs
  • 1.25" (2.5cm) leg diameter
  • Accessory tray to hold eyepieces, filters, etc.
  • Spiked feet for sure footing on soft ground
  • Maximum height: 37.75" (95.9cm)
  • Weight: 8.9 pounds

iOptron 8500B Specs

Mount
Mount TypeMotorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
GoTo CapabilityYes, GoToNova
Payload Capacity7 lb / 3.2 kg
MotorDual Axis
Polar Axis ScopeNone
Tripod
Height Adjustment RangeUp to 37.75" / 95.9 cm
Leg Diameter1.25" / 3.2 cm
MaterialsStainless Steel
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Batteries8 x AA
Adapter12 VDC
Mounting SystemVixen Style
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Dimensions8 x 5 x 5" / 20.3 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
Weight3.1 lb / 1.4 kg (Mount)
8.9 lb / 4 kg (Tripod)
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