Like their predecessors, the iOptron CEM26 telescope mount is designed with portability in mind, weighing in at only 10 lbs (4.5 Kg) it can support up to a 26lb (11.8 Kg) payload an incredible 2.6 mount weight to payload ratio. The key to enable such ratios is the CEM design focuses the mount and payload weight directly on the center of the tripod rendering “natural stability”. This is the perfect choice for the astronomer looking for an easy to transport unit. Such a compact unit is also easy to store when not in use and makes for a perfect second mount. The CEM design also tends to be more stable when operating at low latitudes because the bulk of the mass is placed directly over the tripod. This new unit is made to a much higher manufacturing standard has a much more attractive fit and finish when compared to the older CEM25P model.
Building on the legacy of earlier CEM models we have added features for convenience and functionality. A positive lock gear engagement system (easy to use even when wearing gloves), Built-in Wi-Fi enabling unparallel connectivity and recordable permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) to repeat optimal PEC training sessions. Regarding functionality the CEM26 delivers precise pointing and accurate tracking. The CEM26 telescope mount sets the new standard for compact equatorial mounts.
The center-balanced design telescope mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft.
The CEM26 telescope mount is equipped with the latest advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 212,000+ celestial objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use–its 4-line LCD screen is large, and thus simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.
The CEM26 mount has an integrated electronic polar finder scope known as the iPolar (this depends on the variant you order). Normally sold separately, but can be integrated into the mount, this tool ensures the accurate alignment of a telescope, even when the pole star is obscured. It comes with a 1.5″ heavy duty stainless steel tripod, or you can opt for a more robust 1.75″ LiteRoc tripod. The LiteRoc tripod also has the advantage of having anti-vibration pads built into the tripod legs.
The CEM26 telescope mount is a perfect match for the RedCat 51 telescope. the WO Zenithstar 81. This unit is also well matched to the 8″ CC telescope for visual use. We highly recommend this model any of the following clients:
- Buyer looking for an entry level equatorial mount with good tracking performance and low transportation weight at reasonable price.
- A buyer looking to keep a second mount
- A buyer looking to get started at astrophotography
An alternative to this mount that has slightly higher load capacity and is based on the German Equatorial design would be the GEM28 mount.
(See OPTIONS for the CEM26 selection list for the variety of options for this model, i.e. hard case, tripod, iPolar, etc.)