Introducing the CEM40 center-balanced equatorial mount setup
The iOptron CEM40 equatorial mount setup is the next generation of center-balanced equatorial mounts (CEM). This CEM is incredibly eye-pleasing, and its beauty is found in more than its appearance. The functionality of the mount is superb. Weighing in at only 17.4lbs., this CEM can support a payload of up to 40lbs. The CEM40’s shape is distinctive and unusual. A conventional German equatorial mount places the declination axis at one end of the RA shaft, carrying both the mass of the counterweights and scope. In the CEM design, the declination axis is staggered so the counterweights remain at one end of the RA axis with the scope sitting at the other. This design balances the RA axis, placing its centre of gravity directly over the tripod or pier. The lack of bias to one side of the RA shaft helps improve stability. It also makes fine adjustment of the mount’s altitude, used when fine-tuning the polar alignment, easy.
Innovative iOptron Technology
This CEM has an integrated electronic polar finder scope known as the iPolar. This tool ensures the accurate alignment of a telescope, even when the pole star is obscured. There are large levers on the quick-lock drive engagement system; these large levers make it easy to snap the gears into place.
This iOptron CEM40G EQ mount has a dual saddle that accommodates Losmandy and Vixen-style dovetail plates. The CEM40 also uses iOptron’s ultra-quiet, low-power consumption stepper motor drive system, aiding the CEM in providing precise tracking.
Computerized Mount Features
The iOptron CEM40 equatorial mount setup uses the Go2Nova® 8407 hand controller to navigate the night sky. This incredible technology helps observers find celestial objects with the aid of its 212,000+ object database! For those looking for a telescope that has the capability of tracking and finding beautiful night sky objects, this CEM is a must have tool.