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iOptron's versatile orange 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 & flexible motorized computer-controlled unit for most star gazing duties. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit which is compatible with all telescope 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 which 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 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 make sure 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. For improved tracking, the mount is equipped with digital encoders to precisely 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 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": Many 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 day/time/location information without user input
Runs on included 110 VAC adapter or eight user-supplied AA batteries
GoTo Nova Controller
GoTo accuracy: 1 arc minute
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
NGC IC catalog
Stars: Named stars, double stars, GCVS variable stars, SAO catalog
88 modern constellations and their common names
Alt-Az: One-star & Two-star
EQ: One-star, Two-star, Three-star
Anti-backlash compensation to eliminate the play between gears
PEC (Periodic Error Correction) helps to correct errors in tracking over prolonged periods