SKU: C262A3

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  • NEW Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Unique design, center-balanced equatorial mount (CEM) for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
  • Ideal for both visual observation and astrophotography
  • Low periodic error (< ± 10 arc seconds)
  • Payload of 12 kg (26 lbs) with the mount-only weight of 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
  • CNC machined and cast metal body
  • Spring loaded gear system
  • Large easy to use quick-lock gear clutches
  • Adjustable counterweight shaft for 0º latitude operation
  • Stepper motor with low power consumption
  • Optional Integrated iOptron iPolarTM electronic polar scope
  • Polar alignment routine for those who can’t see the Pole Star
  • Go2Nova® 8409 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • USB port for firmware upgrade and computer control
  • Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray

Introducing iOptron’s new compact next-generation center-balance equatorial mounts the CEM26!

Like their predecessors, the CEM26 is designed with portability in mind, weighing in at only 10 lbs it can support up to a 26lb 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”.

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 unparalleled 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 212,000 object library ensures you’ll never run out of targets to see or image. The CEM26 sets the new standard for compact equatorial mounts.

The center-balanced design 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 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+ objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.

The CEM26A mount 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. 

    Mount Center-Balanced Equatorial Mount
    Max payload* 12 kg (26 lbs), exclude CW
    Mount weight 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
    Payload/Mount weight 2.6
    Structure Material All metal, Casting + CNC machined
    Exterior Finish Powdwer coating 
    Latitude adjustment range 0° ~ 60°
    Azimuth adjustment range ± 6º
    Tracking accuracy (PE)** CEM26 <±10arcsec / CEM26EC <0.3 arcsec  RMS 
    PEC PPEC/Realtime PEC (CEM26EC)
    Period 600 sec
    Worm diameter Φ15.2 mm, Brass
    Right Ascension worm wheel Φ88 mm, 144 teeth, zero backlash 
    Declination worm wheel Φ88 mm, 144 teeth, zero backlash 
    Right Ascension axis shaft Φ35mm steel
    Declination axis shaft Φ35mm steel
    Right Ascension bearings Φ55mm ball bearing
    Declination bearings Φ55mm ball bearing
    Counterweight shaft Φ20X305 mm (M16), Stainless Steel 
    Shaft extension none
    Counterweight 4.5kg (10 lbs) X1
    Motor Precision stepper motor, 1.8º/128X micro-step
    Motor resolution 0.17 arcsec 
    Transmission Synchronous belt
    Hand Controller Go2Nova® 8409, 4 line 21 character LCD
    Star Database 212,000+, star identification
    Power DC 12V, 5A
    AC adapter 100V ~ 240V (included)
    Power consumption 0.5A(Tracking), 0.8A(GOTO)
    Polar scope AccuAlign TM polar scope/Internal iPolar TM 
    Meridian treatment Stop (0-10° pass), flip
    Dovetail saddle 3.8" Vixen, center adjustable
    Max slew speed 6°/sec (1440x)
    Guiding port ST-4
    Communication port USB, WiFi
    WiFi Built in WiFi
    Tripod 1.5" Stainless Steel, optional LiteRoc
    Hard case CEM26 optional, CEM26EC included
    GPS optional/external
    Autoguiding Optional external iGuider
    Operation temperature -10ºC ~ 40ºC
    Warranty Two year limited