This new iOptron MiniTower Pro altazimuth go-to mount has:
• Built-in go-to altazimuth computer drive with 130,000+ object database
• Built-in 32-channel GPS
• Two dovetails for dual scope capability
• 110 VAC, 12VDC, or flashlight battery operation
• Adjustable height tripod with 2” diameter stainless steel legs
With its large payload capacity, built-in GPS, and easy-to-use go-to computer with a 130,000 object database, the new dual-scope-capable iOptron MiniTower Pro mount is one of the most complete and user-friendly go-to altazimuth mounts available today. It has an upgraded total payload capacity of 43 pounds (19.5 kg) – up to 33 pounds of scope (15 kg) on one side of the mount, plus up to an additional ten pounds of scope (4.5 kg) on the opposite (balancing) side of the mount. A ten pound counterweight is supplied for balancing when only one scope is used. It has a stable stainless steel tripod with 2” diameter legs, and comes complete with AC and 12VDC car battery adapters, a USB cable for updating the software online or connecting to your PC, and a hard case to hold the altazimuth head and accessories.
There are two Vixen-style dovetail adapters on either side of the 10” high x 6” diameter head to allow you to use two telescope optical tubes simultaneously. These allow the iOptron MiniTower Pro to carry a wide variety of the popular short focal length refractors and catadioptric optical tubes. With the tripod fully extended, the centerline of the dovetails is 64" above ground level for comfortable observing.
The iOptron MiniTower Pro mount is extremely portable. All of its standard components (excluding the tripod) can be stored in its supplied hard case. The case (fully loaded with mount head, counterweights, & accessories) weighs only 29 pounds (13.2 kg). The tripod weighs only an additional 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg). This light weight and compact size lets you easily fit the iOptron MiniTower Pro into your car trunk (or even take it as airline luggage). Once unpacked, the whole system takes only 10 minutes to assemble. This unlimited portability, combined with the internal 32-channel GPS system, gives amateur astronomers extreme flexibility in selecting an observing location anywhere on earth.
The dual-axis 12VDC servomotor drive uses aluminum worm wheels and brass worms for smooth and accurate tracking. Four high precision bearings support the altitude and azimuth axes. It has four tracking speeds (sidereal, solar, lunar, and user-defined), plus nine user-selected tracking, centering, and slewing speeds: sidereal for tracking; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, and 128x sidereal for centering; and 256x (1°/sec), 512x (2°/sec) sidereal, and a maximum speed of ~4°/sec for slewing. The DC motors require a 12VDC (10~14VDC) power supply capable of providing at least 1.5A output.
The iOptron MiniTower Pro is equipped with advanced SmartStar go-to technology, including a built-in 32-channel GPS system for fast and accurate alignment on the sky. The standard hand controller has an 8-line back-lit LCD display and a USB port for easy connection with any ASCOM-compliant PC planetarium program. With a typical go-to accuracy of 1 arc minute and SmartStar precision auto-tracking, the iOptron MiniTower Pro will consistently bring the celestial object of your choice to the center of the eyepiece field and keep tracking it accurately for hours.
The supplied GoToNova technology computer hand control has more than 130,000 objects in its go-to database including: 10 solar system objects, including the Sun and the Moon; 60 named deep sky objects; the 110 object Messier Catalog, the 7,840 object NGC Catalog; the 5,386 object IC Catalog; the 12,939 object UGC Catalog; the 29,004 object MCG Catalog; the 109 object Caldwell Catalog; 2712 objects in the Abell Catalog; the 400 object Herschel Catalog; 190 comets (user-upgradeable); 191 named stars; 40 double stars; 38,528 GCVS variable stars; 26,584 stars in the SAO catalog; 4096 asteroids; the 88 modern constellations with their names; plus up to 256 user-defined objects.
There are many unique features built into the MiniTower Pro. For example, it has automatic over-current protection; manual push-to for both axes with automatic clutch protection; a high accuracy level indicator with an easy 3-point leveling adjustment; dual telescope capability with two dovetails on opposite sides of the mount; and much more.
The MiniTower Pro mount can be powered from household AC in your backyard by its supplied AC adapter or in the field from an optional 12 volt rechargeable battery (such as the Celestron 4512V or 4517V) by using the supplied DC adapter cable with car cigarette lighter plug. It can also be powered by eight user-supplied AA flashlight batteries for the ultimate in freedom from a power supply. Other supplied accessories include a USB cable, a counterweight; and the previously-mentioned hard travel/storage case.
If you’re looking for a stable, high-precision, mid-capacity go-to altazimuth mount – yet one that is very portable and reasonably priced – take a careful look at the new iOptron MiniTower Pro. It may be just what you are looking for.
Hard case, 10 pound counterweight, AC and DC adapters.