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Explore Scientific IEXOS-100 PMC-EIGHT EQUATORIAL TRACKER SYSTEM

Regular Price: $429.00

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The iEXOS-100 is a complete astronomical computerized Wifi or Wired GOTO Equatorial Tracker with integrated PMC-Eight electronics suitable for attaching Small Telescopes or DSLR Cameras attached to a standard  "Vixen Style" Dovetail Plate.

Our Product #: IEXOS100
Explore Scientific Product #: ES-iEXOS-100
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Product Description

The iEXOS-100 is a complete astronomical computerized Wifi or Wired GOTO Equatorial Tracker with integrated PMC-Eight electronics suitable for attaching Small Telescopes or DSLR Cameras attached to a standard "Vixen Style" Dovetail Plate. Use with the free ExploreStars App for Tablets (Windows, Android, iOS), or with the free ASCOM Standards Compliant POTH Client from Explore Scientific (either wired or wireless) to work with virtually any sky software that supports ASCOM.

The iEXOS-100 utilizes a proven German equatorial mount design and Explore Scientific’s revolutionary PMC-Eight™ precision motion control system to flawlessly navigate the night sky and track objects as they journey across it. This combination provides superior observing and imaging performance without a prohibitive price tag.

GOTO systems play an important role in the world of amateur astronomy because they ensure users spend less time searching for particular objects and more time observing and imaging. The PMC-Eight with its versatile connections supported with free to download apps for Window, Android, and iOS, or through the free to download ASCOM POTH Client to connect to your favorite ASCOM Compliant Astronomical Software, can allow you to control the telescope from a few feet away or by communicating computer-to-computer with an Internet connection from virtually anywhere in the world.

One of the standout features of the iEXOS-100 system is its German equatorial design. When it comes to tracking the stars with a telescope, there is nothing that compares to a German equatorial mount because it will precisely follow objects as they rise in the east and set in the west. For observers, a German equatorial mount makes it easy to keep your celestial target in your eyepiece. For imagers, it helps you avoid common astrophotography pitfalls like field rotation.

Before you can track an object, you need to find it, and that objective can be daunting when you’re faced with a vast expanse of inky black sky. The iEXOS-100 puts a powerful GOTO system in your arsenal of astronomical tools that takes the frustration out of navigating the night sky. This integrated version of Explore Scientific’s PMC-Eight™ system transcends the industry standard single processor by utilizing eight CPUs that operate independently of one another to focus on defined functions. This delegation of tasks among the processors results in a system that offers superior responsiveness, efficiency, reliability and astoundingly fast timing intervals for seamless images and accurate tracking.

Although it is internally complex, the GOTO system can be easily operated from your own Apple, Android or Windows tablet using the ExploreStars app, which has an intuitive nature that makes it simple and quick to align your telescope, navigate the stars and learn specifics about tens of thousands of celestial objects. This dynamic app is fueled by a database that is routinely updated to ensure it remains a relevant resource.

Explore Scientific's commitment to creating a streamlined GOTO mount is obvious in other design choices. The iEXOS-100 has locking clutches that will let you quickly reposition your telescope from one side to the other and an altitude knob for smooth height adjustments. The mount base includes a small polar alignment tunnel that allows users to roughly align their observing setup with Polaris. It also has a simple bubble level that comes in handy when stabilizing your tripod. Other features include a bracket for holding the battery pack, which powers the PMC-Eight system™ through 8 C batteries (not included); two 1 kg counterweights for balancing; and glow-in-the-dark markers on certain points of the mount and tripod so you can stay oriented with your setup at night. The mount is designed to hold up to 19 lbs of astronomical equipment.

The iEXOS-100 is an astronomical GOTO system that utilizes a proven German equatorial mount design and Explore Scientific’s revolutionary PMC-Eight™ precision motion control system to flawlessly navigate the night sky and track objects as they journey across it. Features include:

Integrated Explore Scientific PMC-Eight™ system that transcends the industry standard single processor by utilizing eight CPUs that operate independently of one another to focus on defined functions, which results in superior responsiveness, efficiency, reliability and astoundingly fast timing intervals.

Clutched dual-axis worm gears with quiet precision stepper motor belt drives

Intuitive ExploreStars app, which is available for Apple, Android and Windows tablets, that makes it simple to operate the GOTO system. Through it, users can quickly align their telescope, navigate the stars and learn specifics about tens of thousands of celestial objects

Locking clutches and altitude knob, which make the process of repositioning your telescope efficient

Small polar alignment tunnel in mount base that can be used to roughly align your observing setup with Polaris

Battery pack powering the PMC-Eight™ system uses 8 C batteries and is secured in a bracket on one of the tripod legs when in use

Two 1 kg counterweights included

Glow-in-the-dark markings on mount and tripod

Item Number ES-iEXOS-100
Mount head weight 9.45 lbs
Tripod weight 5.35 lbs
Tripod fully collapsed, no mount head: 25.5”
Tripod open, retracted legs, no mount head: 25”
Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head: 38.5” at highest point, 36” to the center of the mounting bracket
Tripod open, legs fully extended, no mount head: 42”
Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head: 45” at highest point
Counterweights: 1 kg each
Mount weight capacity: 15 lbs Photographic; 19 lbs Visual (Equip & Weights)

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The service and support from Astronomics is excellent. The thing to remember is the Explorer app will only run on a tablet or laptop not a phone. You must also download the catalog to micro sd card on a windows machine before you install it on a Android tablet. The app will crash when you attempt a two/three alignment otherwise. That is the fix ES gave me for the problem.
I 'm only use the mount once since I received it in mid-September. The 2/3 star alignment with the Explorer app is different from what I am use to with Goto mounts with hand controllers so a learning curve is involved. The mount does track well even with a rough polar alignment. I am using 102mm refractor that weight 6lbs plus a dslr camera so I do not know how it handle with a heavier ota. (Posted on 10/5/2019)
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I picked up this mount last spring because I wanted something better than just my ETX90 with only the RA clock drive as I have come to enjoy planetary photography. Just as I ordered it, I came across a great deal on a used 150mm MCT. Of course the mount is listed as being maxed out in weight for the new scope, so I only use my ETX90 that I deforked. It worked great, no more spending half the night realigning the RA drive because the polar alignment was off, and no more waiting for the poor lock on those old mounts to catch before it begins tracking. So easy to just tap the arrow on the tablet if the planet drifts because I was in too much of a hurry doing the alignment. Learning the app on an Android table was easy, with a good database of more targets than I will every look at. Eventually I became intrigued as I kept looking at the 150MCT and the iEXOS-100, and finally I took the leap and mounted it to see what would happen. It does max out the tripod, but the mount has no problem even with such a heavy scope. It may not be optimal for deep sky photography, but for planetary it works great. And now there are options to upgrade the tripod to that of the EXOS-2, which easily handles heavier scopes or just gives much more stability for DS-AP. If you are just starting out and want to try an less expensive mount to see if you like it, this is a great mount to choose for a beginner. (Posted on 10/4/2019)
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I purchased to use with an 80mm carbon fiber apo. I wanted a mount I could throw into a suitcase and fly to an eclipse. Be prepared to roll up your sleeve. It does work as advertised, but it has a steeper learning curve. Engineering team was aiming at the astrophotography crowd, so there are good tools for computer-driven set-ups, but PMC-8 lacks some basic functions in hand controllers like polar alignment. I understand this feature will be included in the next ExploreStars software release. A glaring oversight is that there aren't appropriate flat surfaces on the mount for use with a bubble level. The ExploreStars GUI has some design shortcomings, and only works on tablets. An iPhone version is in development. The product has great potential, and a strong support community, both from users and developers. Still, this feels like a product that was rushed to market a bit early. I'd recommend this mount for experienced astrophotographers, but not for newbie visual observers. (Posted on 9/10/2019)
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