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iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount

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5.0

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  • All new design "balanced" equatorial mount
  • Specialized for astrophotography
  • Payload of 27 lbs.
  • Spring loaded gear system with customer adjustable loading force
  • Available with or without iOptron AccuAligning calibrated polar scope

Description

Introducing 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.


 

Features:

 

  • A new design “balanced” equatorial mount for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
  • Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate Astro-photographers
  • Payload of 27 lbs (12.3 kg) with the mount-only weight of 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
  • Spring loaded gear system with customer adjustable loading force
  • Gear switches on both R.A. and DEC axes for easy balancing when disengaged
  • Adjustable counterweight shaft for 0º latitude operation
  • Dual-axis servomotor with enhanced optical encoder for precise GOTO and accurate tracking
  • iOptron AccuAligningTM calibrated polar scope with dark-field illumination and easy polar alignment procedure, allowing for fast and accurate polar alignment
  • Polar alignment routine for those who can’t see the Pole Star
  • Go2Nova® 8408 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology
  • Periodic error correction (PEC)
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • Built-in 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Serial port for firmware upgrade and computer control
  • Spring loaded Vixen-style saddle
  • Standard 1.5 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (5kg), optional 2 inch tripod (8kg)
  • Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray

 

 

Technical Specifications
 

 

  • Mount - “Z Balanced” Equatorial Mount
  • Payload - 27 lb (12.3kg), excluding counterweight
  • Mount weight - 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
  • Right Ascension worm wheel - F88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
  • Declination worm wheel - F88mm, 144 teeth aluminum
  • Right Ascension axis shaft - F35mm steel
  • Declination axis shaft - F35mm steel
  • Right Ascension bearing - F55mm ball bearing
  • Declination bearing - F55mm ball bearing
  • Worm gears - Brass
  • Motor drive - Planetary Gear Reducer DC servo with encoder
  • Resolution - 0.14 arc seconds
  • Transmission - Synchronous belt/Gear
  • Latitude adjustment range - 0º ~ 60º
  • Azimuth adjustment range - ± 10º
  • GPS - Internal 32-channel GPS
  • Polar Scope - AccuAligningTM dark field illuminated
  • Level indicator - Level bubble
  • Hand Controller - Go2Nova® 8408  with 59,000 objects database
  • PEC - PEC
  • Tracking - Automatic
  • Speed - 1×,2×,8×,16×,64×,128×,256×,512×,MAX(~4.5º/sec)
  • Counterweight shaft - F20mm x 300mm (0.7 kg)
  • Counterweight - 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
  • Tripod - 1.5" Stainless Steel(5kg), optional 2"(8kg)
  • Dovetail saddle - Spring loaded Vixen-style
  • Power consumption - 0.25A(Tracking),  0.75A(GOTO)
  • Power requirement - 12V DC(9 ~ 15V), 1.5Amp
  • AC adapter - 100V ~ 240V (included)
  • Serial port - Yes (on hand controller)
  • Autoguide port - Yes
  • Firmware upgrade - Yes
  • PC computer control - Yes (ASCOM)
  • Operation temperature - -10ºC ~ 40ºC
  • Warranty - Two year limited

Dimensions & Specifications

Type

Equatorial Mounts

Brand

iOptron

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iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount
 
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5.0

The future of astrophotography mounts?

By wes

from alabama

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        Comments about iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount:

        Ok I'll start off by saying that this mount is not a normal EQ mount, the fulcrum is balanced on ball bearings across the axis. It moves unbelievably smooth, with RA and Dec balance so sensitive you can shift it by extending the draw tube or adding usb cables, this is fantastic because it drastically improves you ability to autoguide with precision. Try balancing like that on any celestron mount, it's not going to happen because their axises are so stiff.

        This mount replaced a CG5-Gt for me and I picked it over a higher capacity IEQ45 or CGEM purely because it guides so amazingly well. I don;t really need more capacity than this mount has to offer so I am completely happy with it's capabilities.

        Another egg in the basket that sets ioptron apart from the rest is the fact that you can have just about any replacement part mailed to your door instead of going through an RMA routine. It does not void your warranty to replace a motor or stripped gear yourself! That alone had me sold on this company.

        Now for the cons, I would like to first say that ioptron has very good customer service so if you hit any of these issues they can be easily fixed. The mount can have a few problems out of the box, the encoders can have bad crosstalk which prevents the mount from responding very well to slew commands, the RA axis can have a bit of play in it, also my handcontroller had a dead battery in it which will mess up your goto capabilities until you replace it. As I said ioptron will help you fix all of these problems, or you can mail it in to be adjusted.

        Other than the stated issues this mount is pretty dang impressive, I have never seen autoguide graphs like what I am getting from this mount, smooth and very precise. It is very easy to push guiding limits to atmospheric seeing interference. Also there is such a larger user group for this mount you can easily discuss and tweak this mount to spec from the advice of other owners. Definitely pick this one up if it meets your requirements.

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        5.0

        ZEQ25 mount

        By David

        from TULSA,OK

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        Comments about iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount:

        The mount was everything I hoped it to be. Now I can wear it out. Buying online worked very smoothly, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The only time I went outdoors was to bring the packages in.

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