- color camera
iOptron AZ Mount Pro is Fantastic!
I've had my AZ Mount Pro for a little over a year now and absolutely love it. iOptron is not kidding when they say "level and go". It sets up in minutes, is accurate, has built-in rechargeable battery, built-in WIFI, etc. Solid as a rock too. Not designed as an astrophotography platform, but actually works quite well on the brighter objects. Tracking is VERY good for an ALT/AZ mount. You get great performance from it as long as you do an accurate LEVEL and one star alignment. And, a good idea to always SYNC to each of your targets - makes a big difference. I also have an iOptron CEM40EC which I use mainly for serious astro shooting, and the AZ Mount Pro for visual and brighter astro shots if I am too lazy to use the CEM40EC. I've attached two photos: (1) shows mount in action with a Meade LX200 on the main mount side, and (2) a 72mm refractor with a cooled ZWO color camera on secondary side. You can see on the PC screen that SharpCap has no problem Live Stacking the image of Horsehead nebula. Again, it was more of a test to see how well the mount would handle the tracking. It worked. Of course I was shooting subs at about 30sec with gain up to about 300 and live stacking, but shows it will do it. Overall this mount is a pleasure to use and very easy to set up. Again, LEVEL is key. It is also a good idea to get balance good.
Review of my recent purchase
The overall experience was very good. The phone sale representative was courteous. I was promised a promotional T-shirt with my purchase, which I did not receive. The items were shipped promptly. I do miss no longer having a retail salesroom as previously existed on Oceanside.