This review, “iOptron’s lightweight mount supports on-the-go observing,” appeared in the February 2009 issue of Astronomy magazine
Today’s visual observers like a good alt-azimuth mount because of its simplicity and portability. Such units are lightweight, yet they can handle heavy telescopes. If they have a drawback, it’s the lack of automatic tracking.
Enter iOptron Corporation’s Mini-Tower. This lightweight, computerized, alt-azimuth drive lets you configure it as either a single- or dual-arm mount. The MiniTower has a manufacturer-stated load capacity of 25 pounds (11.4 kilograms) on one side and 8 pounds (3.6 kg) on the other. The tripod legs are 1.5 inches (38 millimeters) thick and place it at a comfortable height for observing.
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