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kyang
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IOptron Skyguider
      #6198782 - 11/16/13 07:33 PM

Besides the CEM60, IOptron also introduces a portable GEM.
Based on ZEQ25 but without goto.

Source: http://www.hkastroforum.net/viewtopic.php?p=273032





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Astronewb
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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: kyang]
      #6198971 - 11/16/13 09:37 PM

Now that's 'thinking outside the box'. A half of a ZEQ25 mount for wide field camera imaging.

No Go-To, but it can be auto-guided.

Here's iOptron's official release with specs:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=d66ad1a8-9f66-400b-a055-36c...

This proves one thing, the folks at iOptron are obviously not sitting around patting themselves on the back for past successes? Someone must have hung up a "Lead, follow or get out of the way" poster at the company headquarters.

Cheers...Paul


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Astronewb]
      #6199019 - 11/16/13 10:09 PM

Damn, now I need to justify 2 new mounts!

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kyang
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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6199197 - 11/17/13 12:02 AM

Curious about the possible price point of this baby.
They have SkyTracker for ~$400 and ZEQ25 for ~$800 ... Maybe $600? ;-)


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: kyang]
      #6199203 - 11/17/13 12:07 AM

This seems like more of a replacement for the Smart EQ Pro to me. Would like to find out what the price will be. Shouldn't be long now if they are going on sale in December.

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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Astronewb]
      #6199837 - 11/17/13 12:22 PM

Quote:

Now that's 'thinking outside the box'. A half of a ZEQ25 mount for wide field camera imaging.

No Go-To, but it can be auto-guided.

Here's iOptron's official release with specs:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=d66ad1a8-9f66-400b-a055-36c...

This proves one thing, the folks at iOptron are obviously not sitting around patting themselves on the back for past successes? Someone must have hung up a "Lead, follow or get out of the way" poster at the company headquarters.

Cheers...Paul




I appreciate their efforts, they keep designing. And not just going for bigger and bigger but the attention to these smaller mounts is very refreshing.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6200812 - 11/17/13 10:33 PM

The web site says,

- Capable for dual mount application up to 11lbs (5kg) + 7.7lbs (3.5kg), balanced

Can anyone translate this? How much weight can I put on this little mount? 7.7lbs, 11lbs, or 18.7lbs?

I wish they came out with this mount a little earlier. I would have bought it over SkyTracker. SkyTracker is a fine piece of equipment, but the load capacity keeps me from putting everything I want on the mount. I was seriously thinking about getting a SmartEQ Pro, but I guess I will have to wait for this little baby...


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Yun-Oh]
      #6202924 - 11/19/13 01:05 AM

I saw this mount at the ASAE show and talked to the iOptron rep at the show about it.

He said that because it uses some of the same parts as the ZEQ25 they can keep the cost down - although no official price yet, the rep said probably somewhere between $400-500 for the head, motor, counter weight shaft, and I think the counterweight. Also, he said the pictured mount (the same one that was at the show) is a prototype - the production model will use a "standard" 20mm counter weight shaft (larger than the one on the prototype).


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: kyang]
      #6203295 - 11/19/13 09:30 AM

Well, that figures. I have just bought a ZEQ25 thinking it was the lightest GEM with a decent weight capacity that I could take in my luggage to Chile in March. I don't really need go-to for the objects I will be shooting there - a Telrad would have been fine...

Not that I am dissatisfied with the Z......

.....but this new mount would have been ideal.

Dave


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Yun-Oh]
      #6203312 - 11/19/13 09:36 AM

My understanding from the piture, you can mount two cameras (or scopes) when take out the counterweight and shaft. 5 kg at one side and 3.5 kg at the other.

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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: kyang]
      #6205601 - 11/20/13 12:03 PM Attachment (78 downloads)

Got SkyGuider.
Installed in zeq25 (or ieq30) the tripod.
Using the two CW shaft (only used as a test), the upper mounting 5D2 +16-35

I will soon be tested using the 100-400mm.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Linkage]
      #6205620 - 11/20/13 12:20 PM

Compared skytracker, obviously a lot of weight, if coupled with tripod/cw/..., even heavier. (But relatively zeq25 or ieq30 still a lot of light)
I guess that this should be more suitable 200-400mm or greater lens(guide or not guide). Alternatively, dual camera (such as meteor showers, etc.), and solar or lunar eclipse, or more.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Linkage]
      #6205669 - 11/20/13 12:47 PM

Linkage
I notice you have a Lunt LS80 T in your arsenal. Perhaps you have a light weight tracking solar observing mount /scope combination at your disposal. How about giving it a go?
Guessing that tuning maybe more of an issue than focusing while tracking, but could this combination satisfy?

Edited by Full Sun (11/20/13 03:03 PM)


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Full Sun]
      #6205871 - 11/20/13 02:45 PM

That looks like a great lightweight RA tracking mount, what is the weight of the Skyguider mount alone?

Thanks for the image, very nice setup.

Regards...Paul


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Astronewb]
      #6206256 - 11/20/13 06:51 PM

The spec says 2.6kg (5.7lbs) without the cw shaft. It is still light enough to carry around, I think. It also can support a gimbal and rail support for a telephoto lens, an ideal setup I can't put on my Skytracker. Now I need an excuse to replace my Skytracker I bought less than a year ago. My CFO would not be happy... It's iOptrpn's fault... :-(

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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Full Sun]
      #6206327 - 11/20/13 07:29 PM

Quote:

Linkage
I notice you have a Lunt LS80 T in your arsenal. Perhaps you have a light weight tracking solar observing mount /scope combination at your disposal. How about giving it a go?
Guessing that tuning maybe more of an issue than focusing while tracking, but could this combination satisfy?





Because only a single axis, when shooting full disk would be more trouble.

I think it is suitable for shooting local details.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Astronewb]
      #6206364 - 11/20/13 07:44 PM

Hi Paul,

alone skyguider mount only 2.6kg, compared zeq25, about lighter 2.1kg.If we add the original cw, cw shaft, is expected to total weight of 5kg or less.

Suitable for a trip shooting.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Yun-Oh]
      #6206375 - 11/20/13 07:49 PM

SkyGuider should be more suitable telephoto lens (200 ~ 400mm or more), while the following skytracker 200mm (100mm or less is best).
And skytracker more suitable for a backpacking trip.


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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: Linkage]
      #6206906 - 11/21/13 03:01 AM

With only single axis control, how much auto guide can help ?

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Re: IOptron Skyguider new [Re: kyang]
      #6207056 - 11/21/13 08:05 AM

I imagine that if polar alignment is accurately achieved using the GPS & polar alignment App in your Smartphone, then there should be no need for the DEC motor at DSLR-style focal lengths anyway. Autoguiding could run on the RA axis to match the sky rate.

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