The new CEM26 is designed for ease of use and portability. iOptron's latest mount can carry up to 12kg of payload with a remarkably high weight to payload ratio of 2:6.
The key to this optimised ratio is the centre-balance equatorial mounts (CEM) design developed by iOptron, which directs the mount and payload weight directly to the centre of the tripod, resulting in a natural centre of gravity.
Building on the legacy of earlier CEM models, additional features have been added to the new CEM26 to maximise convenience and functionality.
The mount is equipped with an integrated iPolar® electronic polarscope. The iPolar® finder ensures accurate alignment of the system with Polaris, even when it is obscured - a lifesaver for any amateur astronomer.
It now has an integrated WiFi system and recordable periodic error correction (PEC).
Vibration dampers are included in the scope of delivery, and can be placed under the tips of the tripod legs to ensure vibration-free exposure times, especially during longer astrophotography sessions.
In terms of functionality, the CEM26 delivers precise pointing and highly-accurate tracking of objects.
The CEM26 sets the new standard for compact, medium-sized GoTo equatorial mounts.
Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod when used very close to the horizon.
The CEM26 is equipped with the latest Go2Nova® technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GoTo mounts currently available on the market!
The GoTo software database includes over 212,000 objects. The Go2Nova® hand controller is intuitive to use and its large four-line LCD display makes it incredibly easy to find objects, even in complete darkness.
The CEM26 comes with the tried and tested stainless steel LiteRoc tripod and a sturdy aluminium carrying case.
|Designation||Center Equatorial Mount|
|Max. additional load capacity (kg)||12|
|Polar elevation setting (°)||0-60|
|Motor speeds (Stepper motor)||1, 2, 8, 16, 64, 128, 256, 512|
|Precision of tracking||+/-6|
|Material of worm gear||Brass|
|Material of worm wheel||Aluminium|
|Worm gear teeth (RA) (piece)||144 (Aluminium)|
|Counterweight(s) (piece)||1 (4,5kg)|
|Material of counterweights||Steel|
|Diameter of counterweight bar (mm)||20|
|Display screen||LCD display with backlight|
|Connection manual controller||USB & ST4 cable|
|Interfaces||ST-4, USB, HBX|
|Operating temperature||-10°C to 40°C|
|Power supply||12 (DC)|
|Power consumption in open circuit (mA)||0.8|
|Polar axis scale||yes|
|Fitting for prism rail||yes (Losmandy & Vixen)|
|PEC correction||yes (permanent)|
|Controllable via PC||yes (ASCOM)|
|Updateable via web||yes|
|Tripod material||Stainless steel|
|Tripod weight (kg)||7,5|
|Total weight (kg)||18,5|
|Alignment method||3, 2 or 1-Star Alignment|
|Tracking speeds||sideral, solar and lunar|
|Polar Alignment||Easy Polar Alignment|