iOptron HAE69B iMate EC Dual Equatorial and Alt-Azimuth Strain Wave Mount Head high precision encoder

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These light weight, compact, medium payload titans will deliver an astronomy experience like never before. Imagine a mount head weighing in at less than 20lbs with a payload capability 69lbs, without needing a cumbersome counterweight or shaft.
Our Product #: HE694B
iOptron Product #: HE694B
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Product Description

Make way for the iMate mounts from iOptron.

iOptron has used their many years of experience to push the envelope on mount capacity to mount weight ratio.  These new mounts are no exception.  They are compact, lightweight, and carry a reasonable amount of weight.  Imagine a mount head weighing in at less than 20 lbs with a payload capability 69 lbs, without needing a cumbersome counterweight or shaft.  It is no longer a dream, but a reality.

Strain wave gear technology was out of the reach of many astronomers, but iOptron has brought that state-of-the-art technology to their mounts. Both the RA and DEC movement benefits from this technology.  When paired with the high precision RA encoder tracking accuracy is incredible.  It has been so good that many imagers may choose to image without actually guiding.  Some great features have been added to this mount for safety as well as convenience.  Features such as an electronic friction brake and power-down memory allow the mount to safely stop and resume a GoTo slew or continue tracking even after an abrupt power loss (No need to realign and start from the beginning).

This is where it gets really interesting.  The “iMate” models feature a powerful 64-bit ARM based on-board computer with Wi-Fi, preloaded KStars planetarium software, Ekos control and automation tool and INDI drivers. This hardware-software combination will support the use of most current and future devices (cameras, focusers, filter wheels, etc.) allowing the user choice of brand and model.

With 32Gb eMMC storage along with a slot for an up to 64Gb TF (micro SD) memory, the iMate has the ability to control and capture an entire automated imaging session. The iMate is cross-platform; use it with Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android etc.

HAE69B iMate dual SWG Alt-az/ Eq mounts now have an internal main board and no longer requires use with a handset. All the accessories can be connected to the iMate and there is no cable drags when the mount is operating.

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  • Advanced strain wave gear system technology
  • Payload capacity of 31 kg (69 lbs) with the mount weight of 8.6 kg (19 lbs, include dovetail saddle)
  • High precision encoder with realtime PEC (RPEC)
  • CNC machined
  • Unique friction brake to safely stop movement during a planned or unplanned power interruption
  • 270 second gear period
  • Built-in, open source iMateTM computer with WiFi, preloaded KStarts/Ekos/INDI driver and iPolarServer
  • iMate with 3X 12V DC outputs, 2X USB2.0 and 1X USB3.0 ports
  • No cable drags
  • Go2Nova® handset with OLED for better user experiences, especially at extreme temperatures
  • iPolar electronic polar scope for easy and accurate polar alignment (optional)
  • Dual saddle (Vixen and Losmandy-D styles)
  • Built in zero position search and locator
  • Power down position and location memory
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • USB port for firmware upgrade and computer control
  • Aluminum carrying case
  • Two year warranty

Tech Details

Warranty 2 years


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