iOptron Cube-A SmartStar GoTo Mount with Tripod (Blue)

iOptron Cube-A SmartStar GoTo Mount with Tripod (Blue)

iOptron Cube-A SmartStar GoTo Mount with Tripod (Blue)

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized Computer-Controlled Mount
  • Convertible from Alt-Az to Equatorial
  • Compact 8.75x5x5" Design, 7 lb Payload
  • Go2Nova 8401 Hand Controller
  • Automatic GoTo and Tracking
  • Backlash Compensation and PEC
  • 130,000-Object Database
  • 110 VAC Adapter or Eight AA Batteries
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Saddle
  • 1.25" Stainless Steel Adjustable Tripod
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iOptron Cube-A SmartStar overview

  • 1Description

iOptron's versatile blue Cube-A SmartStar GoTo Mount features a unique dual-mount capability to allow its use as either a simple alt-az mount or as an equatorial mount with the integrated wedge on the tripod. It sports a compact mount design that measures a mere 8.75x5x5" while being a functional and flexible motorized computer-controlled unit for most stargazing duties. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit that is compatible with all telescope optical tube assemblies (OTAs) up to 7 lb, with accessories, that have a Vixen-style dovetail plate. The low-profile housing eliminates "dead spots," enabling you to point your telescope to any point above the horizon, unlike other mounts that tend to block 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 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 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 nine slew speeds starting at 1x and topping out at 4°/sec. To make sure you get observing faster, the controller has multiple alignment procedures, plus a 32-channel GPS receiver that provides the mount with accurate date/time/location information. For improved tracking, the mount is equipped with digital encoders to program out periodic errors that might occur during long-duration tracking, and there is also backlash compensation to eliminate settling 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 dual-function mount
  • Set up as standard alt-az mount
  • Integrated wedge and counterweight to convert mount to a German equatorial
  • Compact design: 8.75x5x5", 3.6 lb
  • Dual-axis 12 VDC servomotor
  • Digital optical encoders increase GoTo accuracy
  • Zero "dead spots" compared with other mounts block the OTA at certain points of rotation
  • 7 lb payload capacity
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle to mount compatible OTAs
  • Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F
  • Integrated bubble level
  • 32-channel GPS module for accurate date/time/location information without user input
  • Runs on included 110 VAC adapter or eight user-supplied AA batteries
GoTo Nova Controller
  • GoTo accuracy: 1 arcminute
  • Easy-to-navigate menu-driven interface
  • Automatic GoTo and tracking
  • 130,000-object database
    • Objects include galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and the planets
    • 256 user-defined objects
    • 60 deep-sky objects with their common names
    • Messier catalog
    • NGC IC catalog
    • UGC catalog
    • MCG catalog
    • Caldwell catalog
    • Abell catalog
    • Herschel catalog
    • 190 comets
    • 4096 asteroids
    • Stars: Named stars, double stars, GCVS variable stars, SAO catalog
    • 88 modern constellations and their common names
  • Alignment procedures:
    • Alt-az: One-star and Two-star
    • EQ: One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Anti-backlash compensation to eliminate the play between gears
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) helps to correct errors in tracking over prolonged periods
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x, 256x (1°/sec), 512x (2°/sec), Max (4°/sec)
  • Four tracking speeds: Celestial, Solar, Lunar, User-defined
  • Large 8-line, 21-character LCD screen with backlit LED buttons
  • USB port for computer/ASCOM connectivity to use planetarium computer software or firmware updates via the Internet
  • Supports autoguiding through ASCOM protocol; optional equipment required
  • Supports compatible electric focusers
  • Works in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • Stainless steel
  • 1.25" (3.2cm) leg diameter
  • Min height: 27.5" (69.9cm)
  • Max height: 42.75" (108.6cm)
  • Accessory tray
  • Spiked feet for sure footing on soft ground
  • Includes equatorial wedge for when mount is in EQ mode
In the Box
iOptron Cube-A SmartStar GoTo Mount with Tripod (Blue)
  • 1.25" Steel Tripod with Tray
  • Go2Nova 8401 Hand Controller
  • Controller Cable
  • AC Adapter with Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    iOptron Cube-A SmartStar specs

    Mount Type Dual-mode motorized alt-azimuth/equatorial
    Load Capacity 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
    Motor Dual-axis 12 VDC servomotor with encoders
    GoTo System Go2Nova 8401 hand controller
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Tripod Adjustable stainless steel
    1.25" / 3.2 cm leg diameter
    Min height: 27.5" / 69.9 cm
    Max height: 42.75" / 108.6 cm
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries
    110 VAC power adapter
    Power Requirements 12 VDC, 1.2 A
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions Mount: 8.75 x 5.0 x 5.0" / 22.2 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
    Weight Mount: 3.6 lb / 1.6 kg
    Tripod: 5.6 lb / 2.5 kg
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    Package Weight 14.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.0 x 7.9 x 7.4"

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