iOptron ZEQ25 Mount w/ Polarscope, Tripod & Hard Case

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iOptron ZEQ25 Mount w/ Polarscope, Tripod & Hard Case
Item # IO-7100-HC
  • A new design “balanced” equatorial mount for maximum payload and minimum mount weight
  • Specialized astrophotography mount ideal for entry-level and intermediate Astro-photographers
  • Payload of 27 lbs (12.3 kg) with the mount-only weight of 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
  • Spring loaded gear system with customer adjustable loading force
  • Gear switches on both R.A. and DEC axes for easy balancing when disengaged
  • Adjustable counterweight shaft for 0º latitude operation
  • Dual-axis servomotor with enhanced optical encoder for precise GOTO and accurate tracking
  • iOptron AccuAligningTM calibrated polar scope with dark-field illumination and easy polar alignment procedure, allowing for fast and accurate polar alignment
  • Polar alignment routine for those who can’t see the Pole Star
  • Go2Nova® 8408 controller with Advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO Technology
  • Periodic error correction (PEC)
  • Integrated ST-4 autoguiding port
  • Built-in 32-channel Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Serial port for firmware upgrade and computer control
  • Spring loaded Vixen-style saddle
  • Standard 1.5 inch heavy-duty stainless steel tripod (5kg), optional 2 inch tripod (8kg)
  • Die-cast metal tripod spreader with accessory tray
  • Optional PowerWeightTM rechargeable battery pack
  • Includes hard case for mount


iOptron ZEQ25 Mount w/ Polarscope, Tripod, and Hard Case

The new iOptron “Z” design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the “Z” designed mount is unusually light—a nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. 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 ZEQ25 is equipped with the most advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 59,000 objects—its Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects. The ZEQ25 – a new category of viewing and astrophotography.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU IO-7100-HC
Head Design Equatorial
Tripod or Pier Included? Yes
GPS Included? Yes
Electronics Included Computerized - GoTo
Manufacturer iOptron
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Hand Controller Included iOptron GoTo Nova
# of Counterweights Included 1
Weight of Counterweights 10.4 lb (4.7kg)
Objects in Database 59,000 objects database
Mount Special Features Illuminated Polar FInder, Integrated Bubble Level
Saddle Width V Series
Weight Capacity 27 lb (12.3kg), excluding counterweight
Accessory Tray Included? Yes
Material N/A
Power Supply Included None - Requires 12V Battery
Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South
Latitude Range 0º ~ 60º
Weight of Tripod/Monopod 11lbs
Weight of Head 10.4 lb

Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

Not easy to use
It's all the little things about this mount that make me want to tear out my hair. Rather than a clutch, you have to disengage the gears, rather than tightening the gears all they way down you have to guess on the proper tension, all this fooling around with the gears means I've had them bouncing around grinding teeth quite a few times. The polar scope light kept falling out and I lost it. When you disengage the gears and the scope is unbalanced, the mount will flip around and whack itself. San Diego is right around where you have to change the Alt adjustment sleeve, so when you travel North you have to take the mount apart. There are no home index marks. The ASCOM drivers freeze both the mount and the host computer, requiring several power cycles to reset. The instructions are poorly translated. There is a battery in the handset, but no mention of it anywhere, so when it dies, you would never think of replacing it. The GPS often can't get a correct fix, and you can't turn it off to put in the time and location manually. Firmware upgrades requires a specific RS232 USB adapter, and it will not work with most built in RS232 ports or other USB adapters. The RS232 cable breaks easily.

On the other hand the ZEQ has good performance when you can get it to work. The polar scope is very easy to use (provided you have not lost the light). GoTo pointing is good. There is almost no backlash when making adjustments. Tracking is right on with low periodic error. If you are very careful, it can handle a lot of payload for it's size.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Gilbert / (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Very happy with this purchase
This is my first mount after lots of research and I am very happy with it. Quality throughout and easy to assemble. Lots of easy to find tutorials on line for fine tuning this instrument. I have a refractor mounted on it and added weight on the back end to move the balance point forward in the rings. I am right at the max weight limit and it responds and tracks very smoothly. With the two inch legs I think it could easily handle more than the recommended weight.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Blink / (Posted on 9/17/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • iOptron ZEQ25 Mount w/ Polarscope
  • Tripod
  • Hard Case
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

What is the recommended software to control this mount via MacBook?
Does the controller have buttons that allow you to slew around the sky or must you type in desired observation targets?
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