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iOptron IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount with Tri-Pier


Price: $2,148.00


  • Manufacturer: iOptron
  • MPN: 8000E-AZ-TP
  • SKU: 8000E-AZ-TP
  • Availability: In-Stock - Ships from Warehouse

 

Conceived, designed, and built for entry-level to intermediate astrophotographers, the IEQ45-AZ Pro Dual EQ/AZ GoTo Mount from iOptron is outfitted with precision stepper motors, zero-backlash gears, the ability for you to program out the Periodic Error Correction (PEC) common to all worm gears, and a computer controller to provide an ideal platform for imaging. Its unique mounting capabilities allow it to be set up in an equatorial configuration for the smooth and accurate single-axis tracking required for long-exposure astrophotography, or as an alt-azimuth mount to make set up and alignment fast and easy so you can get observing quicker. An additional advantage of using the EQ mode for astrophotography, versus alt-az, is that when tracking in this configuration there is no field rotation, so the image won't shift over time, for clearer images without star streaks.

 

The mount has a dual dovetail saddle that fits both Losmandy- and Vixen-style plates to make it compatible with the two most popular mounting configurations on the market. It has a maximum payload capacity of 45 pounds in EQ mode or 55 + 35 pounds when dual-mounted in alt-az mode, and it can easily hold large telescopes, counterweights, and accessories. A built-in 32-channel GPS receiver sends your day/time/location information directly to the Go2Nova hand controller, so the telescope can be set up quickly. This version of the mount replaces the standard tripod with an adjustable-height hybrid tri-pier. This innovative design combines the stability and vibration-resistance of a pier with the portability and adjustable height of a tripod. When using the tri-pier, the mount becomes steadier and more reliable for long-exposure astrophotography.

The included dark-field illuminated AccuAligning polar axis scope installs through the body of the mount for accurate EQ alignment, and alignment verification and correction during observation and imaging sessions.

The dual-axis stepper motors are controlled by the Go2Nova hand controller. This system has an internal database of 358,000+ celestial objects, with 60 user-defined objects to program yourself. The hand controller has updateable firmware through the built-in serial port. With nine slew speeds and automatic tracking capabilities, finding and keeping objects centered in the field of view is easy no matter if you're viewing the fast-moving Moon or much slower deep space subjects.

Mount
  • Dual mount configuration: Mount a single OTA in Equatorial mode to enable smooth and accurate single-axis tracking for long-exposure astroimaging; Alt-az mode allows for mounting one or two OTAs, with fast and accurate GoTo observations plus fast set up and alignment
  • Payload capacity of 45 pounds, excluding counterweights, in EQ mode when properly balanced; or 55 pounds + 33 pounds in the dual-mount alt-az mode
  • 6" Losmandy/Vixen dual saddle accepts the two most popular mounting plate options
  • AccuAligning polar scope with dark-field illumination for easy and fast polar alignment
  • Gear switches on both R.A. and DEC axes enable convenient movement by hand
  • Built-in 32-channel GPS receiver communicates accurate day/date/time/location information to the Go2Nova controller
  • Accurate tracking with temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)
  • Integrated bubble level
  • Two 11-pound counterweights to properly balance load in EQ mode
Motors and Gears
  • Precision 128x microstep stepper motor with 0.09 arcsecond accuracy for quiet, smooth, and precise GoTo capability with accurate tracking
  • FlexiTouch, zero-gap Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (DEC) worm gears ensure perfect gear-meshing with no backlash
  • Precision 256-tooth R.A. and 228-tooth DEC aluminum worm wheels
  • Screw/worm type latitude adjuster for precision adjustments, 5-70° range
  • Slew speed and direction controlled via Go2Nova controller
  • 110-240 VAC and 12 VDC car plug power adapters included
Go2Nova 8407+ Hand Controller
  • User-friendly menu-driven interface
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar, Lunar, King, and User-defined (variable from 0.99x to 1.01x sidereal)
  • 9-speed slew control with quiet mode
  • 358,000+ object database includes stars, constellations, and eight astronomical catalogs including Messier and NCG IC
  • Alignment: Solar System, One Star, Two Star Polar, Three Star, Polar Iterate
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) removes inaccuracies inherent in gears and allows for more accurate tracking, especially for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Enter specific R.A. and Declination coordinates of objects for immediate GoTo
  • 8-line, 21-character/line red-light backlit LCD screen
  • Updateable firmware through built-in serial port
  • Computer control with planetarium software
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port capable of reverse guiding with auto-protection
  • Built-in heater for wider operating temperature range
    Database details:
  • Solar System: Planets, moon, and sun
  • 60 popular deep sky objects with the common names
  • All 110 Messier objects
  • 7840 NGC Catalog objects
  • 5386 IC catalog objects
  • 12,921 UGC catalog objects
  • 30,642 MCG catalog objects
  • 109 Caldwell catalog objects
  • 4076 Abell catalog objects
  • 400 Herschel catalog objects
  • 195 named stars
  • 210 binary stars
  • 38,528 GCVS variable stars
  • 258,997 SAO catalog objects
  • 15 comets
  • 116 asteroids
  • 88 modern constellations with their names
  • Up to 60 user-defined objects, including comets, to easily find your favorites
Tri-Pier
  • Combines the stability and vibration resistance of a pier, with the portability and adjustable height of a tripod
  • Built-in vibration-suppression foot pads
  • Accommodates for uneven ground with a difference up to 3.35" (8.5cm)
  • 31.5-42.5" adjustable height
  • Aluminum alloy pier and leg tops, stainless steel leg extensions
  • 220-pound payload capacity
  • Maximum leg spread: 48.8"
  • Folded dimensions: 26x13"




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