- The HEM15 is a hybrid strain wave drive mount created by iOptron.
- It is a lightweight mount head weighing 5.5lbs that can carry an 18 lbs payload without needing a counterweight.
- The HEM15 aims to deliver an enhanced astronomy experience based on iOptron’s expertise in precision mounts.
- Easy to setup and get using. Perfect for travel and more.
The iOptron’s HEM15 Hybrid Equatorial Mount, with or without iPolar, is here to revolutionize your stargazing experience. In this guide, I’ll delve into the features and benefits of the iOptron HEM15, its performance capabilities, and how it empowers you to capture stunning night sky wonders during your travel astrophotography expeditions.
A Glimpse into iOptron’s Innovative HEM Series
The HEM15, the newest addition to iOptron’s revolutionary hybrid strain wave drive mounts, is set to redefine the way astrophotography enthusiasts capture the cosmos. This mount combines state-of-the-art strain wave gear technology for RA (right ascension) movement with a backlash-free DEC (declination) worm/belt drive design, allowing for unparalleled weight-to-payload efficiency.
Unleashing the Tiny Titan’s Power
Weighing just 2.5kg (5.5lbs), the HEM15 can carry an impressive 8.2kg (18 lbs) payload without the need for counterweights and up to 12kg (26.5lbs) with the optional counter weight installed. Its compact design makes it a perfect companion for travel astrophotography, enabling you to explore and image the night sky with ease and convenience. Moreover, the mount’s electronic friction brake and power-down memory ensure seamless tracking even after abrupt power interruptions, saving you time and effort on realignments.
Some images I took using the iOptron HEM15...
Embracing Precision and Durability
Crafted with precision and reliability in mind, the HEM15 boasts a black anodized all-metal CNC machined body, providing not only visual appeal but also a rugged platform that guarantees peak performance for years to come. Whether you’re a seasoned astrophotographer or a passionate beginner, the HEM15’s robust build and design ensure unwavering stability during your astrophotography sessions.
Seamless Control and Connectivity
iOptron HEM15: A Noteworthy Contender
At a glance, some astrophotography enthusiasts might find the HEM15’s price tag somewhat daunting, especially when compared to other iOptron mounts. However, its unique blend of hybrid strain wave drive technology, innovative design and portability along with payload capability, are where its true value lies.
The Portability Factor
While the HEM27 may have higher payload capacity, the HEM15 shines when it comes to portability. With a weight difference of 2.65 lbs between the two mounts, the HEM15 proves to be a more lightweight and convenient travel companion, especially for airline travel or on-the-go astrophotography escapades.
In the realm of astrophotography, the iOptron HEM15 Harmonic Mount stands as a worthy contender, blending innovation, portability, and precision into a compact design. Whether you’re a seasoned astrophotographer or a budding stargazer, the HEM15’s impressive features promise an unforgettable journey through the cosmos.
Capturing the beauty of the night sky during your travel astrophotography expeditions becomes effortless with the HEM15’s impeccable performance. Embrace the tiny titan, dominate the night sky, and unlock breathtaking celestial wonders with iOptron’s HEM15 Harmonic Mount.
So, pack your gear, venture into the celestial realm, and witness the universe unfold with the help of iOptron’s innovative HEM15 Harmonic Mount!
My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.