iOptron CEM60 GoTo Equatorial Mount with iPolar Electronic Polar Scope (Head Only)

BH #IO7200A • MFR #7200A
iOptron CEM60 GoTo Equatorial Mount with iPolar Electronic Polar Scope (Head Only)
Key Features
  • Motorized and Computer-Guided EQ Mount
  • Center-Mounted Design with 60 lb Payload
  • Periodic Error of ± 5 Arcsec
  • Motor Accuracy: 0.06 Arcsecond
The iOptron CEM60 GoTo Equatorial Mount gets an update with the addition of the iPolar electronic polar scope that increases the precision of your alignment to improve tracking accuracy and eliminate streaks during long-exposure astrophotography—even if visibility is poor or there is no visible pole star.
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iOptron CEM60 GoTo Equatorial Mount with iPolar Electronic Polar Scope (Head Only)

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iOptron CEM60 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Mount
  • 3Motors and Gears
  • 4Instrument Panel and Input Panel
  • 5iPolar Electronic Polar Scope
  • 6Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller

The iOptron CEM60 GoTo Equatorial Mount gets an update with the addition of the iPolar electronic polar scope that increases the precision of your alignment to improve tracking accuracy and eliminate streaks during long-exposure astrophotography—even if visibility is poor or there is no visible pole star.

The CEM60 features an innovative weight-distribution design coupled with precise extended tracking capabilities to create a mount ideally suited for astrophotography or all-night observation sessions. Its center-balanced design puts the optical tube assembly (OTA) weight directly over the mount's center of gravity, which gives it better stability and a greater payload capacity over other EQ mount designs. Additionally, the counterbalance shaft length is adjustable to keep it from interfering with whatever pier or tripod is being used.

The drive has a peak-to-peak error of ±5 arcsecond, but the Go2Nova hand controller is equipped with periodic error correction (PEC) capabilities that allow you to train out the errors. This precision error correction allows for long-exposure astrophotography or other photography techniques that require shorter exposures with filter or other accessory changes. In addition to astroimaging, the extended tracking accuracy makes long-term observation of specific objects or areas of interest easier.

For setup and alignment, the CEM60 comes with the iPolar electronic polar scope. Instead of conventional analog scopes, the iPolar utilizes a digital camera that sends its images to a Windows PC running the companion software via a USB cable with clear on-screen alignment directions. This greatly improves alignment accuracy; however, it does require that you bring a laptop with you. A built-in 32-channel GPS receiver sends information such as location and local time to the Go2Nova controller for faster and easier setup.

Included with the mount is the Go2Nova 8407+ controller. This handheld computer guider has a database of over 212,000 objects and is flash updatable from the iOptron website with firmware updates that increase its accuracy and add celestial objects. The database includes the planets, galaxies, star clusters, quasars, and nebulae, as well as several astronomical catalogs, including Messier, NGC, and IC. It also has stars, comets, asteroids, and constellations and can store up to 60 user-defined objects to easily find and go to favorite objects. The mount has nine slew speeds up to 3.75°/second and can be manually controlled for quick observations.

The CEM60 is offered here without a tripod or pier, so you will need to provide a reliable support system for the mount head. A hard carrying case with die-cut custom-fit foam comes with the mount and is designed to hold and protect it during transport or storage.

Mount

  • Motorized and computer-guided equatorial mount with 60-pound payload capacity
  • Innovative design puts the payload weight on the mount's center of gravity for greater stability and better counterbalancing
  • Non-contact magnetically loaded gear meshing system
  • Precise azimuth adjustment dials
  • 8" Losmandy/Vixen dual saddle accepts any compatible optical tube
  • Factory-installed iPolar electronic polar scope enables precise alignment even if visibility is poor or there is no visible pole star. Works globally. Windows PC required
  • Declination shaft doesn't obstruct alignment scope for faster and easier polar alignment
  • Gear switches on both right ascension (RA) and declination (dec) axes for fast movement
  • Built-in 32-channel GPS receiver communicates information to the Go2Nova controller
  • 27-pound counterweight with stainless steel shaft for proper balancing

Motors and Gears

  • Precision stepper motor drive with 0.06-arcsecond accuracy for precise GoTo capability and accurate tracking
  • 146mm, 288-tooth aluminum RA and dec worm wheels
  • Screw/worm-type latitude adjuster for precision adjustments
  • Vise-type latitude bearing locks system for solid positioning
  • Peak-to-peak periodic error of ±5 arcsec
  • 12 VDC car/vehicle power adapter included

Instrument Panel and Input Panel

Instrument Panel:
  • Two 12 VDC power outlets for powering the CCD camera or electric focuser
  • Four USB 2.0 ports with Type A connector for connecting to accessories
  • 6P6C port that can be used to bridge the guiding port or accessories with a 6P6C/6P4C plug
  • The USB hub is non-powered and will draw power from a source, such as a computer USB port
  • The ports on the instrument panel are connected to the input panel located next to the polar scope
Input Panel:
  • One 12 VDC power input, 5 A max
  • One USB 2.0 port with Type B connector
  • One 6P6C port

iPolar Electronic Polar Scope

  • Utilizes a digital camera and the downloadable computer software for Windows PC to provide accurate polar alignment anywhere on earth
  • Works even if pole stars aren't visible or the night is cloudy or suffers from light pollution
  • Simply follow the on-screen alignment instructions to get properly and accurately polar aligned
  • Power supplied via the included USB cable that tethers it to a computer
  • Plug-and-play compatible—no drivers required for the computer to recognize it

Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller

  • 212,000-object database including planets, stars, constellations, and astronomical catalogs, including Messier, NCG, and IC
  • User-friendly menu-driven interface
  • Nine slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x, 256x, 512x, Max (3.75°/sec)
  • Enter specific RA and dec coordinates of objects for immediate GoTo
  • One-star, multi-star, polar, and SolarSys alignments
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) function reduces or eliminates RA tracking errors for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Programmable anti-backlash adjustment for smoother tracking
  • Updatable firmware through built-in serial port
  • Computer control with planetarium software
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • 4-line, 21-character/line, red-light backlit LCD screen

Database Details:

  • Objects include galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and the planets
  • Solar system: 9 objects
  • 92 deep-sky objects with their common names
  • Messier catalog: All 110 objects
  • NGC catalog: 7840 objects
  • IC catalog: 5386 objects
  • PGC catalog: 73,197 objects
  • Caldwell catalog: 109 objects
  • Abell catalog: 4076 objects
  • Herschel catalog: 400 objects
  • 259 named stars
  • 208 double/multiple stars
  • Hipparcos star catalog: 120,404 objects
  • 15 comets
  • 116 asteroids
  • 88 modern constellations and their common names
  • 60 user-defined objects

 

iOptron CEM60 Specs

Mount
Mount TypeMotorized; German Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityYes, Go2Nova 8407+
Payload Capacity60 lb / 27.2 kg (without Counterweight)
MotorDual Axis
Altitude Adjustment-8 to 8°
Latitude Adjustment0 to 70°
Counterweight1 x 21.0 lb / 9.5 kg
Polar Axis ScopeYes (Included)
Environmental
Operating Temperature-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
General
Adapter12 VDC (Included)
Mounting SystemVixen Style, Losmandy Style
GPSYes, 32 Channels
Wi-FiNo
DimensionsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Weight27 lb / 12.3 kg
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