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iOptron GEM45EC-NUC German Equatorial Mount Head - NUC-Ready - High Resolution - LiteRoc Tripod and Hard Case - 7603ECAN

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iOptron GEM45EC-NUC German Equatorial Mount Head - NUC-Ready - High Resolution - LiteRoc Tripod and Hard Case

  • German equatorial mount with innovative features
  • This model is NUC-ready
  • Mates seamlessly with an Intel NUC model with 38 mm thickness
  • Ideal for both visual observation and astrophotography
  • This model has a High Resolution Optical Encoder
  • Maximum payload of 45 lb (20 kg) with the mount weight of only 15.8 lb (7.2 kg)
  • Easy to use quick-lock gear clutches
  • Periodic error less than ±0.3 arcsecond
  • Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)
  • Precision stepper motor for precise GOTO and accurate tracking
  • Go2Nova 8407+ controller with Advanced GOTONOVA GOTO Technology and built-in heater
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • USB communication port
  • Cable management system
  • New, patent-pending iOptron universal saddle
  • All metal, CNC machined with black anodized
  • Optional: WiFi for mount control via SmartPhone/Tablet/Computer
  • LiteRoc 1.75" tripod with improved stability and leg locks
  • Includes a Hard Case

The iOptron GEM45EC-NUC Equatorial Mount Head proves that iOptron has done it again! Using ideas and engineering applied to a time tested design, the iOptron GEM45EC-NUC brings you the next generation German equatorial mount. A sharp looking CNC body is the first indicator the GEM45EC-NUC is a top quality mount; you will find this is true in both form and its function. Utilizing clever engineering, they were able to remove unnecessary bulk giving the iOptron GEM45EC-NUC Equatorial Mount Head an incredible 2.8 X payload-to-mount weight ratio. This compact mount can precisely GOTO an object and track it with up to 45 lb of gear on-board, but while the Head weighs only 15.8 lb. An amazing feat. This model, the GEM45EC-NUC is ready to use with a suitable NUC mini computer. This model, the 7603ECAN is the GEM45ECAN Head with a High Resolution Optical Encoder.

The concept of the "NUC" (stands for "Next Unit of Computing") was designed and introduced by Intel Corporation; first launched in early 2013. The NUC has since developed over ten generations. The NUC motherboard usually measures approximately 4" × 4" (10.16 cm × 10.16 cm), which tends to promote a small sized package. NUC is a line of small-form-factor barebone computer kits or custom-configured computer modules which can be structured in various ways, to satisfy a customer's specific needs. Various versions of a NUC computer are now available for purchase via the internet.

The true barebone kits consist of the board, in a plastic case with a fan, an external power supply, and a VESA mounting plate. Intel will sell just the NUC motherboards, which have a built-in CPU. The user can configure the rest per their need. This does require some detailed knowledge. Third-party cases for the NUC boards are also available.

The iOptron NUC mounts feature a bracket located at the lower front position of the saddle which will securely hold the NUC mini-computer in place. They have provisions for the mount control connections (LAN and USB) and power (19 Volts or optional 12 Volts DC) located next to the NUC computer.

NOTE: This Mount does NOT include a NUC mini-computer! The user must provide and install a NUC mini-computer.

The iOptron GEM45EC-NUC Equatorial Mount delivers a Periodic Error of less than ±0.3 arcsecond. This will give you the precision tracking you need for the best possible astro-imaging results, along with a great payload capacity and easy operation. Large levers are included on the quick-lock drive engagement system. These levers make it easy to snap its drive gears into place even when wearing gloves. There is little chance of your cables getting snagged with the GEM45EC-NUC's internal advanced cable management system. This iOptron GEM45EC-NUC Equatorial Mount Head is the ideal, easy-to-use equatorial GoTo mount system which will satisfy all your observing and astro-imaging needs for years to come

A new, patent-pending Universal Self-Centering Saddle (USCS) accommodates both the Losmandy and Vixen style dovetail plates. GEM45EC-NUC mounts utilize reliable stepper motor drive systems for accurate pointing and tracking. These motors have a low power-consumption technology. A 212,000+ object library with star identification, GPS, Wi-Fi (requires optional iStarFi adapter) are a few of the desirable features standard on a GEM45EC-NUC mount.

The new LiteRoc 1.75" tripod will give your telescope system a super rock-solid stability in a lighter, more compact package. Ideal for critical observing and astro-imaging. (The Tripod is Included.)

NOTE: This product is the GEM45EC-NUC mount head, plus the LiteRoc Tripod, one 11 pound Counterweight, and also includes a Hard Case.

What's In The Box:

  • iOptron GEM45EC-NUC Mount
  • Go2Nova 8407 Hand Controller
  • 212,000+ Object Library with Star Identification
  • Stainless steel counterweight shaft
  • One 11 lb (5 kg) counterweight
  • GEM45-NUC GPS module
  • AC adapter (100 V - 240 V) AC to DC power
  • 2 X coiled control Cable (6P6C RJ11 to RJ11, straight wired)
  • Serial cable (RS232 to RJ9)
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • LiteRoc 1.75" tripod with improved stability and leg locks
  • Includes a Hard Case

Specifications:

Mount: German Equatorial Mount
Model SKU: 7603ECAN
Max payload: 45 lb (20 kg), excludes counterweight
Mount weight: 15.8 lb (7.2 kg)
Payload/Mount weight: 2.78
Structure-Material: All metal, CNC machined
Exterior Finish: Anodized red/black
Latitude adjustment range: 14° ~ 68°
Azimuth adjustment range: ± 6°
Tracking accuracy (PE): less than ±0.3 arcsecond
PEC: PPEC
Period: 400 sec
Worm diameter: 17 mm, Brass
Right Ascension worm wheel: 110 mm, 216 teeth, zero backlash
Declination worm wheel: 110 mm, 216 teeth, zero backlash
Right Ascension axis shaft: 45 mm steel
Declination axis shaft: 45 mm steel
Right Ascension bearings: 68 mm
Declination bearings: 68 mm
Counterweight shaft: 28X280 mm, Stainless Steel (1.2 kg)
Counterweight: Yes: 11 pound
Motor: Precision stepper motor, 1.8°-128X micro-step
Motor resolution: 0.08 arcsec (200 PPS)
Transmission: Synchronous belt
Hand Controlle:r Go2Nova 8407+, 8 line 21 character LCD
Star Database: 212,000+, identification
Power: DC 12 V, 5 A
AC adapter: 100 V ~ 240 V (included)
Power consumption: 0.6 A (Tracking), 0.9 A (GOTO)
Power-down memory: Yes
Meridian treatment: Stop (0-20° pass), flip
Zero position: Automatic zero search
Dovetail saddle: iOptron Universal Saddle, 5"
Max slew speed: 4.5°/sec (1080X)
Guiding port: ST-4
Communication port: USB
GPS: Yes
WiFi: External (optional)
Cable Management: DC12V (3A), ST4, USB
Tripod: Yes - LiteRoc 1.75" tripod
Hard case: Yes - Includes a Hard Case
Operation temperature: -10°C ~ 40°C
Warranty: Two year limited
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