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iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount

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  • Portable, compact and sturdy EQ Mount
  • Payload of 11 lbs. (excluding counterweight)
  • Mount weight of 6.2 lbs.
  • Go2Nova controller with over 59,000 object database
  • Stainless Steel Tripod and 2 lb. Counterweight included
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Born out of the popular iOptron CubeTM and iEQTM mounts, the SmartEQTM mount is the ultimate Grab N’ Go German equatorial GOTO mount fitting into almost everyone’s budget. It is ideal for visual observation and wide field astrophotography. The compact design and light weight make travelling with the mount easy.


SmartEQTM is a fully computerized mount with a database of 59,000 objects. It offers the next generation GOTO technology from iOptron. The Go2NovaTM Hand Controller is intuitive with a large LCD screen, with which you can easily set up your telescope and select where you want to navigate.


SmartEQTM is universally compatible with any tubes using a Vixen-style dovetail connection, making it useful for beginners as well as hobbyists with multiple tubes.


  • Specialized Grab N’ Go mount ideal for visual observer and wide field astro-photographer
  • Portable, compact, and sturdy German equatorial mount that is easy to travel with
  • Payload: 11 lb (5 kg) (excluding counterweight)
  • Mount weight: 6.2 lb (2.8 kg)
  • Dual-axis servomotor with optical encoder
  • Drive motor with 9-speed setting for precise tracking
  • Resolution: 0.5 arc second
  • Go2NovaTM 8408 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GoTo Technology
  • Over 59,000 celestial objects for easy surfing
  • Low power consumption (8 AA batteries for 16 hours consecutive tracking)
  • Vixen-type dovetail saddle
  • 2 lb. counterweight included
  • Standard 1.25 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod



  • Mount : German Equatorial Mount
  • Payload : 11 lb (5 kg), excluding counterweight
  • Mount Weight : 6.2 lb (2.8 kg)
  • Latitude Adjustment Range : 0º ~ 62º
  • Azimuth Adjustment Range : ± 10º
  • Right Ascension Worm : Ø60mm, 120 teeth 
  • Declination Worm : Ø60mm, 120 teeth
  • Motor Drive : DC servo with optical encoder
  • Resolution : 0.5 arc seconds
  • Hand Controller : Go2NovaTM 8408 with 59,000 objects database
  • Tracking : Automatic
  • Speed : 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX(~4º/sec)
  • Counterweight Bar : Ø16mm
  • Counterweight : 2 lb (0.9 kg) for up to 8 lb (3.6 kg)payload
  • Dovetail : Vixen-style
  • Tripod : 1.25” Stainless Steel (5.7 lb or 2.6 kg)
  • Polar Scope : Optional
  • Power Consumption : 0.1A(Tracking), 0.3A(GOTO)
  • Power Requirement : DC 9~12 V, 1 Amp
  • Battery : 8 AA alkaline batteries (for 16 hours of tracking)
  • Serial port : Yes (on hand controller)
  • Firmware Upgrade : Yes
  • Warranty : One Year

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iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Better than I expected

By Sean

from HongKong


  • Accurate
  • Easy to use
  • Good design
  • Light Weight


  • No gps
  • No Guiding Port

Best Uses

  • Grab Go
  • Travelling

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

I bought it in the USA and brought back to Hong Kong, which is cheaper than buying from China. I owned a Vixen Sphinx and liked the mechanical design which required less counterweight. I sold the Sphinx due to too much play at the RA and hard to get serviced. The SmartEQ is very similar in design as the Sphinx but smaller and way much less expensive ($399 vs $1799). Telling the truth, before I bought the SmartEQ, I thought it was a toy, it turned out a very capable little mount; performed much better than expected. The dovetail saddle was a little smaller for my WO Z71. I contacted IOptron and they said WO was oversized. IOptron later modified the dovetail saddle and sent one to me from their China factory for free.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


excellent glab & go

By Shaws

from Foxboro, MA


  • Accurate
  • Easy to use
  • Portable
  • Sturdy


  • No Guiding Port
  • No power cord
  • Polar Scope Led Too Brigh

Best Uses

  • Visual
  • Wide Field Astrophotograp

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

I read the reviews on the CN and waited a few month to get one after its release. I called their support and made sure the issues were resolved in their first batch. I bought the regular model (wish I did the Pro in the first place). Goto was spot on and tracking very well. The basic model does not have polar scope and guiding port, so I had the main control board upgraded to the Pro board for $50 and bought the optional polar scope (end up be more than the cost of Pro but not metal gears).
The best part is their customer service. The mount came with the polar scope slot cover missing, they sent it to me next day when I called. They also sent me the Pro board before I returned my control board to them. All of my email requests were answered within a few hours or instantly. Very few companies can provide such service, if there is any.
This is my first ioptron product, but not the last. As a matter of fact, I am putting the iEQ45 in my wish list for birthday.

(6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)



By Jags fan Chris

from Jacksonville, FL

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  • None


  • Dec Error
  • Power Stopped Working
  • Ra Connection Error

Best Uses

  • Manual Astronomy

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

This mount came broke out of the box apparently. After setting it up, turning it on and setting the coordinates, the mount started rotating around the DEC without did the same thing with the right ascension and would drop down after reaching a certain point. I turned it off after this. When I turned it on it said, R.A. Connection Error! I could turn it off an on a few times and the gears would still rotate, but it would end up showing the same error message. After this, none of the handheld equipment worked and the gears stopped functioning. This is a piece of junk. None of these errors are addressed in the online manual either. I am very unhappy.

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