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.
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 location and highly accurate tracking of objects.
The CEM26 sets the new standard for compact, medium-sized GoTo equatorial mounts.
The centre-balanced design mount puts the weight of the payload at the centre of gravity allowing for greater natural stability.
This is another major advantage in astrophotography!
Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod when used very close to the horizon.
Polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time now since the integrated polarscope is not obstructed by the declination shaft any longer (this was the case with the CEM25, for example).
The CEM26 has again been 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.
An optical polarscope (iOptron AccuAlign) is also included in the scope of delivery.
|Designation||Centre 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|