Style with substance
What looks like a basic, small portable mount is bristling with technology. Eight computer processors look after dedicated mount functions and help keep your equipment pointing correctly, adjusting for errors in polar alignment via a pointing model derived from two- or threestar alignment procedures. We tested control using the ExploreStars application connected wirelessly to the mount. The app enables you to place your finger on the screen and drag a software joystick in the direction you want it to move. This controls the speed of the mount, scope or camera.
After a two- or three-star alignment procedure, the control software allows you search many thousands of targets from a visual Go-To database. The mount also provides technology for astrophotography, including an ST-4 compatible autoguiding port. A Micro USB port allows connection to ASCOM-compatible computer operating programs. This gives the system excellent capabilities for relatively little financial outlay.