The iOptron Cube-A Mount
The SmartStar Cube-A mount comes with our proprietary Grab 'N Go Alt-Azimuth Mount, a.k.a. The Cube. This compact mount design is one of the most functional and flexible unit on the market. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit which is universally compatible with all telescopes using a Vixen-type dovetail connection. The mount can be level for Alt-Azimuth or locked into position for German Equatorial. The Go2Nova hand controller on each Cube mount is easy to use with menus for planets, stars, nebulas, and constellations. And at only 12 lbs. you can take it anywhere and get accurate tracking!
It also has a large LCD screen with more lines of content compared with the competition (so you don’t have to keep scrolling to read the screen). The controller is designed so you can easily set up your telescope and select where you want to go. The GOTONOVA computerized control system is an advanced automated tracking system available on the market today. There are no "dead spots" so you can point your telescope to anywhere above the horizon, whereas, other mounts block the telescope tube at certain points of rotation.
This mount can be operated by 8 AA battery or an external AC/DC power adapter, making it an ideal travel mount.
Telescopes and cameras with Vixen-type dovetail connection and a weight up to 7 lbs. (including accessories) are compatible with the Cube-A GOTO mount. (If you do not have a dovetail connection -- attach your OTA using mounting rings and dovetail available at your local telescope store or the OTA manufacturer). Contact iOptron for expert advice on compatibility issues.
GOTONOVA Control System
The revolutionary GOTONOVA computerized control system is by far the most technologically advanced automated GoTo and tracking system available on the market today. With its large celestial object database, including all well-known galaxies, nebulae, star clusters--not to mention the planets, sun, and moon--you’ll be able to enjoy star gazing with the simple push of a button. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit with optical encoders that provide accurate GOTO and tracking. The control system also allows you to slew the telescope at different drive speeds, keeping the object within the telescope's viewfinder for as long as you wish.
The Go2Nova 8401 hand controller is much easier to use than other similar products. The hand controller is more intuitive with menu categories better organized. It also has the largest LCD screen with more lines of content compared with the competition. Using the easy-to-use hand controller and its large LCD screen, you can easily set up your telescope and select where you want to go.
32-Channel GPS Module
All A-series telescope mounts come standard with a built-in 32-channel GPS module for fully automated operation and alignment. Simply turn on the Go2Nova Controller and the GPS module will automatically synchronize your telescope location and time with the Go2Nova computerized control system. View celestial objects without having to manually punch in the date, time, latitude or longitude.
The 8401 hand controller comes with a USB port that tremendously expands the functionalities of the already powerful system. With the USB2COM driver installed, the USB port works as an RS232 serial port. It supports firmware upgrades and computer control.
A Reliable Tripod
Made of 1.25-inch heavy-duty stainless steel, the Cube tripod is sturdy yet lightweight and gives the user unparalleled stability during operation. Solid construction joints keep your mount locked securely. A built-in wedge will allow you to convert the mount from an AA mount to an EQ one in minutes.
- Grab ‘N Go altazimuth mount– The Cube™ with an equatorial operation mode
- 7 lbs payload for various scopes and cameras
- Go2Nova 8401 Controller with Advanced GOTONOVA GOTO Technology. The most intuitive controller on the market
- ~130,000+ object database with 128 user-defined objects
- A large LCD screen with 8 lines and 21-character Hand Control with backlit LED buttons
- Dual-axis servomotor with an optical encoder
- 9-speed gear system for precise GOTO and tracking
- 32-channel GPS
- Operate on 8 AA batteries (not included)
- 100~240V AC power adapter included, optional 12V DC adaptor available
- USB Port for computer control and firmware upgrades
- Sturdy 1.25” stainless steel tripod with integrated wedge