It's already more then a year, i am living in my own apartment on the 9th floor facing to the south. One balcony is dedicated for amateur astronomy. Balcony is quite small, 2.5 metre long and 1.1 metre width. I needed some alt-az mount , quite compact, modern and easy with alignment. So, Ioptron Alt-Az Pro mount came to house.
I am visual planetary guy for now , so my main goal is having stable view in the eypiece from mid to high magnifications. This mount with head feels very sturdy. Very small amount of plastics, almost everything is made from metal. So now most important advantages as i see them:
a) Fits to narrow space.
b) Has integrated Lithium Ion battery, no hussle for external battery and charging stuff. Plenty of charge for a whole night.
c) Built in WiFi. Guys, what a joy to use Skysafari !!! No external stuff to connect.
d) Extremely quite when tracking object. Very silent when slewing. My neighbours didn't wake up laugh.gif
e) Very precise tracking and slewing to , dead on. Be sure to have perfect levelling.
f) Can handle my 6" F/6 refractor . But keep in mind, it is maximum size for refractor . I feel it is max, because of too far extending force leg/arm . It weights 10 Kg with acccesories.
g) Extremely easy alignment in narrow balcony using SkySafari , point manually telescope to planet ,push the nob in Skysafari "align" and here you go , no hussle.
Keep in mind , if your equipment weights ~ more then 7 kilos, you must buy additional weight. As metal is now veryyyy expensive, i've found guy working with a metal and additional 5.2 kg weight was made by hand , total with original Ioptron counterweight it's 9.7 kg. If you have 7" Mak, 8" catadioptric, that's it, you need 10 kilos on the other side as the mount tells it by releasing weird sounds , which shows too much unbalance is introduced.
Also you must balance very carefully telescope side with acccesories, it must remain in equilibrium , no movement up or down, as mount again introduces unbalance sounds.
As i've tested mount only 3 times , still not sure original alignment procedure works as intended, have a feeling it misses by around 30 degrees in azimuth , after initial procedure you correct position with handset , tell align and then no problems. Due to this , using SkySafari is such a easy task . When observing planets, i did not experience shaking even when putting eye directly onto eypiece, feels sturdy ( maximum available zoom i have now is x112 ).
Also you can use Stellarium on your PC, just need to install Ascom platform first and then it works as intended.
This mount begs for at least 8" CC or MAK and this is the future plan.
Very happy with mount !
P.S. Sorry for my english, it's not my native language.
Edited by Dzukielis, 04 August 2021 - 05:36 AM.