Explore Scientific iEXOS Equatorial Mount and Tripod with GOTO PMC-8 System
Explore Scientific designed their IEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Go-To Tracker System Mount to provide users with a platform built for precision, and to support small-to-medium sized optical tubes, astrophotography, and imaging rigs.
Although it is internally complex, the GOTO system can easily be operated from your own Apple, Android, or Windows tablet using the ExploreStars app. The app is intuitive and easy to use and features a database of over 70,000 objects with an intuitive user interface controlled with the device's touchscreen. Multiple alignment procedures, slew and tracking rates, and customized guided tours allow it to be easily set up and get users observing quickly with minimal frustration.
One of the standout features of the iEXOS-100 system is its German equatorial design. When it comes to tracking the stars with a telescope, there is nothing that compares to a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) because it will precisely follow objects as they rise in the east and set in the west.
For observers, a GEM makes it easy to keep your celestial target in your eyepiece. For imagers, it helps you avoid common astrophotography pitfalls like field rotation.
19-pound payload capacity for visual gear like optical tubes, diagonals, Barlow's, and eyepieces
15-pound payload capacity for astrophotography equipment like DSLRs, imaging systems, and filter wheels
Two 2.2-pound (1kg) counterweights
Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries
Polar alignment spotting hole down latitude axis enables rough polar alignment before proper alignment through app
Electronics and Motor Features
Integrated WiFi module enables direct connection to computers, smartphones, and tablets for remote wireless control of the mount
Fully compatible with any computer platform using an ASCOM-compliant software package
Serial and standard ST4 auto-guiding ports
High-resolution stepper motor precisely controls mount with virtually zero vibration
Belt-drive system reduces vibration and improves smooth motion with zero backlash
Mount head weight
Tripod height fully collapsed
Tripod height open, retracted legs
Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head:
38.5 inches at highest point, 36 inches to the center of the mounting bracket
Tripod height open, legs fully extended
Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head:
45 inches at highest point
Mount weight capacity:
Approx. 9 lbs (equipment weight only),15 lbs Photographic (equipment and counterweights); Approx. 19 lbs Visual (equipment and counterweights)