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TONGKW
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Reged: 01/16/07

iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount
      #5593629 - 12/29/12 12:21 AM

iOptron ZEQ25GT
In a website in China, there appears this new iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount able to operate in very low latitude and at the equator.
As stated: Maximum loading = 11.4 kg,
Self weight = 5.3 kg
http://bbs.astron.ac.cn/thread-88682-1-1.html


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C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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rigel123
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Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #5594349 - 12/29/12 12:56 PM

That is one interesting looking mount.

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Jim langley
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Reged: 07/02/11

Loc: New Holland, PA
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: rigel123]
      #5594442 - 12/29/12 01:37 PM

I looks like iOptron is starting to make some noise in the mount department... I wonder if that 11 and a half pound mount weight includes the counter weight?

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biz
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Reged: 11/08/09

Loc: New Zealand
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Jim langley]
      #5594495 - 12/29/12 02:04 PM

Quote:

I looks like iOptron is starting to make some noise in the mount department... I wonder if that 11 and a half pound mount weight includes the counter weight?




Jim.
The original poster wrote the mount is rated at 11.4 kg, not in pounds.. conversion is 25lbs.
cheers.
Graham.


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Jim langley
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Reged: 07/02/11

Loc: New Holland, PA
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: biz]
      #5595002 - 12/29/12 07:39 PM

"Self weight = 5.3 kg" This is approximatly 11.6 lbs, (if my head match is correct), and this I am interpreting as the weight of the mount?

Of course at my age, figuring numbers in my head can be dangerous!


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bm_too
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Reged: 05/08/09

Loc: Ontario,Canada
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Jim langley]
      #5701911 - 02/26/13 03:48 PM

I wonder when we will see info on the mount on the English iOptron site. I came across this mount because it was shown as a prize in the SkyNews magazine. It shows the value of the prize as $799.

Cheers,
Barry


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Astronewb
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Reged: 09/19/11

Loc: Connecticut
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: bm_too]
      #5702548 - 02/26/13 09:44 PM

Wow, that's quite the slick looking mount. Looks pretty light for the payload too.

Now the waiting...

Cheers,

Paul


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Bluejay08
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Reged: 09/29/09

Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5702672 - 02/26/13 11:17 PM

Very interesting design.

Jay


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PGW Steve
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Reged: 10/03/06

Loc: Winnipeg, Canada
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Bluejay08]
      #5703539 - 02/27/13 01:41 PM

Interesting, no meridian flips on long runs!

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Astropetev
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Reged: 03/30/09

Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5820595 - 04/24/13 07:24 PM

Quote:

Interesting, no meridian flips on long runs!




I don't think so - although it's a different arrangement to the usual GEM, it's not equivalent to a fork mount, even single arm. All photographs I've seen show it pointing North, but when it's visualised pointing South, mount clashes are definitely possible if too far on the 'wrong' side of the meridian.

I wonder if the quoted mount weight of 4.7 Kg includes the tripod - if so it's one heck of a good travel mount!

Aach! added later. I've just properly read the specs, and the tripod alone weighs 5 Kg. Not such a good airline mount after all. But still very light for the payload.

Peter.


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audioaficionado
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Reged: 05/24/12

Loc: Medford, Orygun, USA
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Astropetev]
      #6373176 - 02/12/14 09:16 PM

I just saw one of these in person at our local astro club meeting. Very nice. I'm not experienced with GEM mounts in general, but this one looks easy to balance on the fly. Spring loaded gears/wormdrive also helps minimize backlash. The polar scope can be accessed even with a telescope mounted. The owner uses those smallish gel batteries to run it for several hours or more.

Astronomics ZEQ25GT page


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Astronewb
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Reged: 09/19/11

Loc: Connecticut
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: audioaficionado]
      #6373494 - 02/13/14 01:04 AM

Steve, you can catch up on this mount at the following thread. It's pretty old news at this point.

iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions
#5704125 - 02/27/13 07:48 PM

I don't know how to link the thread, but it's easy to find, along with several others.

Clear skies..Paul


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Chuckwagon
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Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Orem, Utah, USA
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Astronewb]
      #6373511 - 02/13/14 01:24 AM

This should link the thread, I think.

iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions

Clear skies,
Charles


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audioaficionado
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Reged: 05/24/12

Loc: Medford, Orygun, USA
Re: iOptron ZEQ25GT equatorial mount new [Re: Chuckwagon]
      #6373686 - 02/13/14 07:41 AM

Thanx guys.

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