Explore Scientific Pole Finder Scope

The Explore Scientific Pole Finder Scope for the Exos-100 EQ mount is a handy add-on device, which will easily upgrade the iExos-100 mount’s polar alignment. The fitting is a simple bolt-on bracket, which fits to the mount with a couple of bolts and allows for considerably higher accuracy of alignment than was possible with the mount’s polar boresight.

Explore Scientific Pole Finder ScopeAlthough a rough alignment with the celestial pole usually is sufficient for visual observing, astrophotography can have more demanding alignment requirements. This illuminated polar finder scope works with the iEXOS-100 mount to ensure a more precise alignment with the celestial pole. The included adapter is easy to install, and the reticle includes markings for both northern and southern hemisphere alignments. The Illuminator features brightness adjustment and the adapter and bracket quickly and easily attach to the iEXOS-100 mount.

The Explore Scientific Pole Finder Scope is also now included with Explore Scientific’s iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tacker System. The setup uses GoTo technology and the German Equatorial mount design to give superior performance when used for visual observation or astrophotography. The PMC-Eight, also known as the Precision Motion Control system, helps to navigate through the night sky as amateur astronomers journey through the stars. The PMC-Eight system from Explore Scientific uses an 8-core microcontroller with eight CPUs, which operate independently of each other so they can focus on defined functions.

The body of the GEM mount comes with a built-in bubble level to help to stabilize the tripod and included glow-in-the-dark markers on several points of the mount and tripod to help with setup at night.

You can use the iEXOS-100 mount with the free ExploreStars App, which can be found on user supplied Windows, Android, Amazon, or Apple tablets, smartphones, or desktops. You can also use it with the free ASCOM Standards Compliant PMS-Eight ASCOM driver and the ASCOM POTH Client from Explore Scientific.

The mount weighs 9.45 lb. and can support approximately 9 lbs. of equipment. When the two 2.2 lb. counterweights are added, the mount can support 15 lbs. of photography equipment and 19 lbs. of visual equipment.

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