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Model: C404A1Brand: iOptron
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The iOptron® CEM40 mount is the next generation of center-balanced equatorial mounts. This mount is incredibly eye-pleasing, and its beauty is found in more than its appearance. The functionality of the mount is superb. Weighing in at only 15.8lbs., this mount can support a payload of up to 40lbs.! That's incredible! This model comes complete with high precision RA encoder.
This mount also has an integrated electronic polar finder scope known as the iPolar. This tool ensures the accurate alignment of a telescope, even when the pole star is obscured. There are large levers on the quick-lock drive engagement system; these large levers make it easy to snap the gears into place.
Innovative iOptron TechnologyMake way for an innovative mount! This iOptron CEM40 mount uses iOptron's patent-pending Universal Self-Centering Saddle (USCS). This saddle accommodates Losmandy and Vixen-style dovetail plates. The CEM40 also uses iOptron's ultra-quiet, low-power consumption stepper motor drive system, aiding the mount in providing precise tracking.
Computerized Mount FeaturesThe iOptron CEM40 mount uses the Go2Nova® 8407 hand controller to navigate the night sky. This incredible technology helps observers find celestial objects with the aid of the mount's 212,000+ object database! For those looking for a telescope that has the capability of tracking and finding beautiful night sky objects, this mount is a must have tool.
With the included tripod, 10lbs. counterweight, and the mount's computerized technology, observers are just an OTA away from a spectacular viewing experience!FeaturesUnique design, Center-Balanced equatorial mount (CEM) for maximum payload and minimum mount weightIdea for both visual observation and astrophotographyMaximum payload of 40 lbs (18 kg) with the mount weight of only 15.8 lbs (7.2 kg)All metal, CNC machined with red/black anodizedEasy to use quick-lock gear clutchesIntegrated iPolarTM electronic polar finderLow periodic error (< ± 7 arc seconds)Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)Precision stepper motor for precise GOTO and accurate trackingGo2Nova® 8407+ controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology with built-in heaterIntegrated ST-4 autoguiding port32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)USB communication portCable management systemNew, patent-pending iOptron universal saddleStandard 1.5 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (5kg)Optional WiFi for mount control via SmartPhone/Tablet/Computer
I have had this mount for nearly three years now. As well as this mount I have a Skywatcher HEQ 5 Pro also on a tripod and an 10Micron GM1000 HPS.Out of those three the CEM40 is the best all round mount. Itís is the lightest of the three, the easiest to setup and accurate. The mount pairs very well with my William Optics GT81, also a quick and light scope to setup. The point is when we get a clear night this setup is the easiest to setup and get yields exceptional results.The things I like the most about the mount are:1) The hand controller makes setting up the scope easy. It is also intuitive. It is far better than the Skywatcher hand controller.2) The GPS module is a big help in making the mount accurate. Once you have setup the control first time the only thing you need to alter is daylight saving changes twice a year.3) Through the mount wiring makes cable tangles around the mount a thing of the past. I donít use the supplied through the mount wiring, I thread a USB cable through the mount so that I can connect my scope mounted PC to the USB on the mount.4) The alt/az adjustments for polar aligning are smooth which makes polar alignment quick and easy.My mount has the iPolar polar alignment camera. I would rate that as OK. I have found the software that drives is temperamental, not always working on my PC. However once you get it working it is fine and quite quick to use. Personally I prefer to use polar alignment routine in SharpCap.With respect to the encoders, to be honest I have never used them PHD2 is simple to master and yields very good results.
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