With the overwhelming popularity of Go To telescopes, it's surprising that a product like the Cube ($243) from iOptron hasn't come along before now. Thanks to its powerful Go To functions and standard Vixen-style dovetail connector, observers can now add computerized pointing and tracking to small telescopes and cameras for an extremely attractive price. Powered by eight internally housed AA batteries or an optional AC power supply, the Cube stands 8 inches (20 cm) tall and comes with a stainless-steel tripod. The mount, which works in altazimuth mode, is rated for loads up to 7 pounds (3 kg) and available in several eye-catching colors. Options include a GPS module for automatic initialization and several advanced hand controllers with more features and larger databases than the standard 5,000-object list. iOptron is also introducing a line of small Go To telescopes and other Go To mounts with capacities up to 30 pounds.
Read our full review in the February 2008 issue of Sky &Telescope.
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