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iOptron SmartStar Cube Goto Mount with Steel Tripod - Automatically navigate to over 14000 objects in the sky!

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iOptron's Capable Cube 

Introducing the iOptron® SmartStar® CubeTM computerized telescope mount! 

iOptron's proprietary Grab 'N Go Alt-Azimuth Mount, a.k.a. The Cube, rated 4-star by Sky and Telescope Magazine 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 Go2Nova® hand controller is easy to use with menus for planets, stars, nebulas, and constellations. And at only 5.5 Kg, 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 revolutionary GOTONOVA® computerized control system is one of the most technologically 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 a external AC/DC power adapter (included), makes it an ideal travel mount. 

Compatible with most tubes on the market 
Telescopes and cameras with Vixen-type dovetail connection and a weight up to 3.5 Kg (including accessories) are compatible with the CubeTM GOTO Altazimuth 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).

GOTONOVA® computerized 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 of the well-known galaxies, nebulae, star clusters-- not to mention the planets 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 most easy to understand controller on the market 
The GoToNova 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 a larger 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. 

Simply a better tripod 
Made of 1.25-inch heavy-duty stainless steel, the Cube tripod is very sturdy, and gives the user unparalleled stability during operation. Solid construction joints keep your mount locked securely. 
The Cube-E Mount 
  • Grab ‘N Go altazimuth mount– The Cube™: the only mount of its kind for ultimate rotation
  • 7 lb payload for various scopes and cameras
  • GoToNova 8405 Controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology. The most intuitive controller on the market
  • 14,000+ object database plus 256 user-defined objects
  • Large LCD screen on the market with 4 lines and 21-character Hand Control with backlit LED buttons
  • Dual-axis servomotor with optical encoder
  • 5 speed gear system for precise GOTO and tracking
  • Operate on 8 AA batteries (not included)
  • 100~240V AC power adapter included, optional 12V DC adaptor available
  • GPS upgradable with optional GPS module
  • Sturdy 1.25” stainless steel tripod

For surprisingly little money, you can get a well-functioning computerized drive on a stainless-steel tripod.
Mount AltAzimuth Mount
Body Material Die-cast Aluminum
Payload 7 lbs
Motor Dual-Axis DC Servo motor with encoders
Gear Acetal worm wheel/Nylon 6 worm gear
Bearing 4 steel ball bearings
GOTO System GOTONOVA® automatic goto and tracking
Hand Controller GoToNova 8405
Processor 32bit ARM
Object in Database 14,000+
Speed Dual-Axis, 5-Gear, Electronic (2×,8×,64×,256×,MAX)
GOTO accuracy 1 Arc Min. (Typical)
Tracking Automatic
Battery AA x 8?Not Included?
Power Requirement DC 12V±2V, >1.2A
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40ºC
Mount Weight 3.1 lbs
Tripod 1.25" stainless steel full size tripod (3 Kg)
Instruction Manual  http://www.ioptron.com/v/Manuals/8500_Cube-E_manual2.pdf 
Quick Start Guide: http://www.ioptron.com/v/Manuals/8500-8800-Cube-E_and_G_QSG_2014.pdf