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iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount

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iOptron
Type
Equatorial Mounts
Telescope Accessories Series
Mounts and Tripods

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  • Portable, compact and sturdy EQ Mount
  • Payload of 11 lbs. (excluding counterweight)
  • Mount weight of 6.2 lbs.
  • Go2Nova controller with over 59,000 object database
  • Stainless Steel Tripod and 2 lb. Counterweight included
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iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount
 
3.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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5.0

Better than I expected

By Sean

from HongKong

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to use
  • Good design
  • Light Weight

Cons

  • No gps
  • No Guiding Port

Best Uses

  • Grab Go
  • Travelling

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

I bought it in the USA and brought back to Hong Kong, which is cheaper than buying from China. I owned a Vixen Sphinx and liked the mechanical design which required less counterweight. I sold the Sphinx due to too much play at the RA and hard to get serviced. The SmartEQ is very similar in design as the Sphinx but smaller and way much less expensive ($399 vs $1799). Telling the truth, before I bought the SmartEQ, I thought it was a toy, it turned out a very capable little mount; performed much better than expected. The dovetail saddle was a little smaller for my WO Z71. I contacted IOptron and they said WO was oversized. IOptron later modified the dovetail saddle and sent one to me from their China factory for free.

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5.0

excellent glab & go

By Shaws

from Foxboro, MA

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to use
  • Portable
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • No Guiding Port
  • No power cord
  • Polar Scope Led Too Brigh

Best Uses

  • Visual
  • Wide Field Astrophotograp

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

I read the reviews on the CN and waited a few month to get one after its release. I called their support and made sure the issues were resolved in their first batch. I bought the regular model (wish I did the Pro in the first place). Goto was spot on and tracking very well. The basic model does not have polar scope and guiding port, so I had the main control board upgraded to the Pro board for $50 and bought the optional polar scope (end up be more than the cost of Pro but not metal gears).
The best part is their customer service. The mount came with the polar scope slot cover missing, they sent it to me next day when I called. They also sent me the Pro board before I returned my control board to them. All of my email requests were answered within a few hours or instantly. Very few companies can provide such service, if there is any.
This is my first ioptron product, but not the last. As a matter of fact, I am putting the iEQ45 in my wish list for birthday.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL

By Jags fan Chris

from Jacksonville, FL

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Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Dec Error
  • Power Stopped Working
  • Ra Connection Error

Best Uses

  • Manual Astronomy

Comments about iOptron SmartEQ Portable GoTo Equatorial Mount:

This mount came broke out of the box apparently. After setting it up, turning it on and setting the coordinates, the mount started rotating around the DEC without stopping...it did the same thing with the right ascension and would drop down after reaching a certain point. I turned it off after this. When I turned it on it said, R.A. Connection Error! I could turn it off an on a few times and the gears would still rotate, but it would end up showing the same error message. After this, none of the handheld equipment worked and the gears stopped functioning. This is a piece of junk. None of these errors are addressed in the online manual either. I am very unhappy.

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