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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

We're excited to introduce the iOptron® ZEQ25…

An extraordinary new innovation in mount design.
The new iOptron "Z" design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the "Z" designed mount is unusually light—a nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft.

The ZEQ25 is equipped with the most advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 59,000 objects—its Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects. The ZEQ25 – a new category of viewing and astrophotography.

#7100 ZEQ25 with Polar Scope Retail $848 US & Canada
#7101 ZEQ25 Retail $799 US & Canada
Available in US & Canada at the end of March
Worldwide April 2013

You can click here for features and specs:
ZEQ25 product page

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

ioptron should be commended for an innovative approach and for actually bringing the concept to the marketplace.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

It does look nice with some great features.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

How far past meridian can it track without a flip?

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

Very interesting mount. Now, if they came out with a mount of similar design but with 40lbs capacity, I'd be all over it.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:32 AM

How far past meridian can it track without a flip?

That's not inherent in the mount, it depends on the length of the optical tube and the declination you are observing. You can go a lot further with a short tube or when observing near the north pole, you will hit the legs sooner with a longer tube or when observing near the celestial equator.

Actually, the type of tube matters too - a back-heavy newtonian will sit further forward than a refractor of the same length.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

Does anyone know the payload capacity?
And what is the difference between the 7100 and 7101?

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

It depends on the tube type and size. The firmware provides flip, stop and continue tracking three options.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:26 AM

The payload is 27 lbs. The difference between 7100 and 7101 is if it has a polar scope.


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