- Meet the new gold standard in affordable, reliable, precision EQ mounts for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers!
- With a load capacity of 44 lbs., the Atlas II improves on the venerable Atlas EQ-G by incorporating more than a dozen enhanced features and specifications.
- Now belt driven for quieter operation and reduced backlash, other upgrades include a lifting handle, easier altitude and azimuth adjustment knobs, a USB port, thread-on power cable, camera control port, and a more precise polar scope reticle that works in northern and southern hemispheres.
- Comes with SynScan V5 GoTo hand controller with its database of >42,000 celestial objects, Tour mode for visiting the best objects on any given night, PPEC, and more.
- The mount less tripod weighs just under 40 lbs. - a beast for stability's sake but still reasonably portable, especially with the addition of the new carrying/lifting handle.
Meet the new gold standard in affordable, reliable, precision EQ mounts for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers! The Orion Atlas II EQ-G Equatorial GoTo Mount improves upon the venerable Atlas EQ-G by incorporating more than a dozen enhanced features and specifications. Newly designed for greater stability and operational precision, the Atlas II EQ-G has a load capacity of 44 lbs. - perfect for rock-solid support of optical tubes and imaging trains typically used by serious intermediate and advanced hobbyists.
Like the Atlas EQ-G, the new Atlas II EQ-G Equatorial GoTo Mount uses dual stepper motors with a 1.8° step angle. But unlike its predecessor the Atlas II EQ-G incorporates belt drives for whisper-quiet slewing, reduced backlash, and improved guiding accuracy. The mount's latitude adjustment has been beefed up with big bolts that work even with a full telescope load. The dual width saddle is compatible with both D and V style mounting plates. At nearly 40 lbs., the equatorial head now sports a large handle to make lifting it onto and off of the tripod much easier.
The Atlas II EQ-G Equatorial GoTo Mount's drive panel boasts some new features, too, such as a USB port for controlling the mount via computer using optional 3rd party software. A "SNAP" port has been added to allow DSLR camera control via the SynScan hand controller for astrophotography. The 12V power cable now threads onto the jack for a more secure connection that can't pull out.
The built-in illuminated polar scope has been improved to ensure more precise polar alignment for astrophotography. It now features a finely graduated "clock face" reticle for users in the Northern Hemisphere, in keeping with many popular polar alignment apps. The reticle also has alignment stars for the constellation Octans, for use in the Southern Hemisphere. Even the polar scope's protective cover has been improved: it now slips on and secures with a single thumbscrew.
The SynScan hand controller contains a 42,900-object database (including Messier, NGC, and IC catalogs) and an array of practical features and functions, including Tour mode that takes you to the best objects currently visible in the sky, permanent periodic error correction (PPEC), pointing accuracy up to 1 arc-minute, pointing accuracy enhancement (PAE), DSLR camera control, multiple slew speeds and autoguiding rates, the ability to set slewing limits, parking, ASCOM compatibility, and a USB port for updating firmware via the internet (USB cable not included). The Atlas II has a secure, threaded power input jack; a built-in autoguider port for accurate astrophotographic use; and offers 9 different slew speeds (up to 4.2° per second).
The heavy duty tripod is equipped with 2" extendable stainless steel legs and an accessory tray that doubles as a tripod spreader for added rigidity. The tray holds both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces and accessories. Two 11.5-lb. counterweights and a 184mm counterweight shaft extension are included. Total assembled weight of mount and tripod, not including counterweights, is 56 lbs., 11.3 oz.
The Atlas II EQ-G Equatorial GoTo Mount requires a power supply (sold separately) with an output voltage of 11-16V and output current of 4 amps.
- Best for imaging: Deep sky
- Astro-imaging capability: Lunar, planetary & long exposure
- Weight rating: 44 lbs.
- Dovetail bar system: Yes
- Motor drive compatibility: Clock drive included
- Computerized compatibility: Go-To included
- Alignment procedure: 3-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment, 1-Star Alignment
- Number of objects in database: 42,000+
- Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
- Motor speeds: 3.4°/sec(800x), 600x, 500x, 400x, 64x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1.75x, 1.5x, 1.25x
- Motor type: Microstep driven stepper motors
- Power requirement: 12-volt DC - 4A (tip positive)
- PEC: Yes
- GPS: Sold separately
- Backlash compensation: Yes
- Latitude range: 3-65
- Setting circles: Yes
- Polar-axis scope: Included
- Counterweights: Two 11 lb.
- Available ports: Autoguider port
- Tripod material: Steel
- Tripod leg diameter: 2.00 in.
- Counterweight bar length: 10 in.
- Diameter of counterweight shaft: 18mm
- Height range of mount: 42.00 in. - 64.00 in.
- Weight, mount/tripod: 56.7 lbs.
- Weight, fully assembled: 79.7 lbs.
- Additional included accessories: Counterweight shaft extension, 184mm length, Accessory tray, SynScan V5 GoTo hand controller with bracket
- Other features: Belt drives for quieter slewing, reduced backlash, Handle for easier attachment of mount to tripod, USB port, threaded PWR port, shutter control port
IN THE BOX
- Atlas II EQ-G mount
- Stainless steel tripod
- SynScan hand controller
- Coil cable for SynScan
- Accessory tray
- Two 11.5-lb. counterweights
- Counterweight shaft extension
- Handle (with mounting hardware)
- 12V DC power cable
- SNAP cable for select Canon cameras
- Bracket for hand controller
- Three 116mm bolts with hand knob
- 1.5mm and 4mm hex wrenches