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iOptron CEM26 w/ AccuAlign/LiteRoc (C261B3)

by iOptron
SKU C261B3
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Original price $1,882.40 - Original price $1,882.40
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$1,882.40
$1,882.40 - $1,882.40
Current price $1,882.40

Introducing iOptron’s new compact next-generation center-balance equatorial mounts the CEM26! Like their predecessors, the CEM26 is designed with portability in mind, weighing in at only 10 lbs it can support up to a 26lb payload an incredible 2.6 mount weight to payload ratio. The key to enable such ratios is the CEM design focuses the mount and payload weight directly on the center of the tripod rendering “natural stability”.

Description

Building on the legacy of earlier CEM models we have added features for convenience and functionality. A positive lock gear engagement system (easy to use even when wearing gloves), Built-in Wi-Fi enabling unparallel connectivity and recordable permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) to repeat optimal PEC training sessions. Regarding functionality the CEM26 delivers precise pointing and accurate tracking. The CEM26 sets the new standard for compact equatorial mounts.

The center-balanced design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft.

The CEM26 is equipped with the latest advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 212,000+ objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.

The CEM26B mount has an AccuAlignTM optical polar scope installed for quick and easy polar alignment. It comes with a LiteRoc heavy duty stainless steel tripod.

Quick Overview

  • Unique design, center-balanced equatorial mount (CEM) for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
  • Ideal for both visual observation and astrophotography
  • Low periodic error (< ± 10 arc seconds)
  • Payload of 12 kg (26 lbs) with the mount-only weight of 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
  • CNC machined and cast metal body
  • Spring loaded gear system
  • Large easy to use quick-lock gear clutches
  • 0º latitude operation with optional adapter
  • Stepper motor with low power consumption
  • iOptron AccuAlignTM calibrated polar scope
  • Polar alignment routine for those who can’t see the Pole Star
  • Go2Nova® 8409 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • USB port for firmware upgrade and computer control
  • LiteRoc heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (7.5kg)
  • Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray
  • Optional 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Optional hard carrying case
  • Optional iGuiderTM autoguiding system #3360

Specifications

Mount Center-Balanced Equatorial Mount
Payload * 26 lbs (12kg), exclude counterweight
Mount weight 10 lbs (4.5kg)
Payload/Mount weight 2.60
Structure Material All metal, Casting + CNC machined
Exterior Finish Powder coating
Periodic error (PE)** <±10 arcsec
PEC Yes, Permanent PEC
Worm period 600 sec
Right Ascension worm wheel Φ88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
Declination worm wheel Φ88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
Right Ascension axis shaft Φ35mm steel
Declination axis shaft Φ35mm steel
Right Ascension bearing Φ55mm ball bearing
Declination bearing Φ55mm ball bearing
Worm gears Φ15.2mm, Brass
Motor drive 1.8º stepper motor, 128X microdivision
Resolution 0.17 arc seconds
Transmission Synchronous belt
Latitude adjustment range*** 0º ~ 60º
Azimuth adjustment range ± 6º
Polar Scope AccuAlignTM optical polar scope
Level indicator Level bubble
Hand Controller Go2Nova® 8409 with ~212,000 objects database
Tracking Automatic
Slew speed 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX(6º/sec)
Power consumption 0.5A(Tracking), 0.8A(GOTO)
Power requiremention 12V DC, 5A
AC adapter (included, for indoor use only) 100V ~ 240V (included, indoor use only)
Power-down memory Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Communication port Yes (Wi-Fi and USB)
Autoguide port Yes (ST-4 compatible)
Firmware upgrade Yes
PC computer control Yes (ASCOM)
Counterweight shaft Φ20X200mm with a 120mm extension (M16, SS)
Counterweight 10 lbs (4.5kg)
Tripod LiteRoc heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (7.5kg)
Dovetail saddle 3.8" Vixen-style, center adjustable
GPS Optional external 32-channel GPS
Autoguiding Optional external iGuider 1
Operation temperature -10ºC ~ 40ºC
Warranty Two year limited

* OTA size and length dependent, smaller than 6" in diameter recommended
** Measured with encoder on bench, 10 minutes
*** Optional low latitude adapter and/or small diameter CWs are needed when latitude <10º

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