iOptron CEM26 Center-Balance GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope & 1.5" Tripod

BH #IOC261B1 • MFR #C261B1
iOptron CEM26 Center-Balance GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope & 1.5" Tripod
Key Features
  • Motorized Computer-Controlled EQ Mount
  • Go2Nova 8409 Computer Controller
  • 212,000-Object Database
  • Multiple Assisted Alignment Procedures
With a head design and precise synchronous belt transmission that improve tracking accuracy with reduced vibration, the iOptron CEM26 Center-Balance GoTo EQ Mount makes an ideal mount for your astronomy and astrophotography needs when using small to medium refractors, reflectors, or Cassegrain optical tubes. Its combination of powerful computer hand controller, traditional polar alignment scope, and integrated Wi-Fi module, you will spend less time aligning your mount and more time enjoying the wonders of the universe. In addition to the mount head, you also get a solid, yet stable, stainless steel tripod to support your gear.
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iOptron CEM26 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Mount
  • 3Motors and Gears
  • 4Go2Nova 8409 Hand Controller
  • 5AccuAlign Polar Scope

With a head design and precise synchronous belt transmission that improve tracking accuracy with reduced vibration, the iOptron CEM26 Center-Balance GoTo EQ Mount makes an ideal mount for your astronomy and astrophotography needs when using small to medium refractors, reflectors, or Cassegrain optical tubes. Its combination of powerful computer hand controller, traditional polar alignment scope, and integrated Wi-Fi module, you will spend less time aligning your mount and more time enjoying the wonders of the universe. In addition to the mount head, you also get a solid, yet stable, stainless steel tripod to support your gear.

Mount
  • Ideal for small to medium sized refractors, reflectors, and Cassegrain optical tubes
  • German equatorial configuration provides smooth and accurate single axis celestial tracking for observation and astrophotography
  • Center-balanced "Z" design places weight over the mount's center of gravity to provide greater stability, smoother movement, and quieter running while requiring less counterweight
  • <±10 arcsec of periodic error that can be trained out over time with PEC function on hand controller
  • 26-pound payload capacity, excluding included counterweight
  • 0-60° latitude; ±6° azimuth adjustment range
  • Built-in Wi-Fi module allows you to control the mount via smartphones running controller app
  • 3.8" Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • Retractable counterweight bar prevents hitting the tripod or otherwise interfering with the mount's movement; 10-pound counterweight included
  • 1.5" stainless steel adjustable-height tripod with leg-spreader/accessory tray
Motors and Gears
  • Synchronous belt transmission improves tracking accuracy, with reduced vibration, especially with heavy loads
  • Less than ±10 arcsec periodic tracking error
  • 1.8° stepper motor with 128x microdivision
  • 88mm, 144-tooth right ascension (RA) and declination (dec) worm wheels with zero backlash
  • 55mm RA and declination ball bearings provide smooth movement with minimal vibration
  • 35mm steel RA and dec axis shafts
  • RA and declination gear switches release the gears for balancing OTA
  • 0.17 arcsec (200 pulse/sec) motor resolution
  • Low-power consumption: 0.5A (tracking), 0.8A (using GoTo)
  • Runs on included 12 VDC 5A power adapter; plugs into a standard 110-240 VAC North American outlet
Go2Nova 8409 Hand Controller
  • 212,000 object database includes the moon, sun, planets, stars, comets, asteroids, and constellations
  • Multiple assisted alignment procedures use the iPolar electronic polar finder
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x, 256x, 512x, MAX (6°/sec)
  • Permanent periodic error correction eliminates tracking errors for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Automatic tracking rate based on the selected object being tracked
  • ASCOM-compatible computer control with planetarium software via integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • Serial port for firmware upgrade
  • Adjustable key and display brightness
  • 8-line/21-character LCD screen; backlit 19-button user interface
AccuAlign Polar Scope
  • Factory installed in the altitude axis of the mount
  • Helps you quickly and accurately equatorially align your mount without an external device
  • Two sets of three concentric circles are clearly marked for aligning the mount on Polaris in the northern hemisphere or Sigma Octantis in the southern

iOptron CEM26 Specs

Key Specs
Mount Type
Motorized; German Equatorial
GoTo Capability
Yes, Go2Nova 8409
Payload Capacity
26 lb / 11.8 kg (without Counterweight)
Motor
Dual Axis
Power Source
AC Adapter (Included)
Mounting
To Optical Tube Assembly: Vixen-Type Saddle
GPS
No
Weight
10 lb / 4.5 kg (Mount)
11 lb / 5 kg (Tripod)
Mount
Mount Type
Motorized; German Equatorial
GoTo Capability
Yes, Go2Nova 8409
Payload Capacity
26 lb / 11.8 kg (without Counterweight)
Motor
Dual Axis
Tracking Rates
King, Lunar, Sidereal, Solar, User
Altitude Adjustment
12°
Latitude Adjustment
0 to 60°
Counterweight
1x 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg
Polar Axis Scope
Yes (Included)
Tripod
Leg Diameter
1.5" / 3.8 cm
Leg Sections
2
Environmental
Operating Temperature
14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
General
Power Source
AC Adapter (Included)
DC Input Power
12 VDC
Mounting
To Optical Tube Assembly: Vixen-Type Saddle
GPS
No
Wi-Fi
Yes (Built In)
Materials
Steel (Tripod)
Dimensions
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight
10 lb / 4.5 kg (Mount)
11 lb / 5 kg (Tripod)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
37.02 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
29.2 x 20.1 x 7.2"

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