The Go2Nova® #8401 hand controller is the premier version hand controller of iOptron’s revolutionary GOTONOVA® computerized control system -- the latest in automated tracking technology and one of the best available on the market today. With a database of over 120,000 celestial objects and 128 user-defined objects even the most amateur stargazer the ability to search the skies with ease.
Using the easy-to-use hand controller and its large 8-line LCD screen, you can easily set up the telescope and select where you want to go with the very friendly user-interface. The control system also allows you the user to slew the telescope at 9 different drive speeds, keeping the object within the telescope’s viewfinder for as long as you wish. GOTONOVA® also makes alignment quick and simple.
The most easy to understand controller on the market
The Go2Nova® controller is much easier to use than other similar products. The hand controller is more intuitive with menu categories better organized. It also has a larger LCD screen with more lines of content (8-lines) compared with the competition. Using the easy-to-use hand controller and its large LCD screen, you can easily set up your telescope and select where you want to go.
More precise speed control for viewing objects
The control system also allows you to slew the telescope at 9 different drive speeds, keeping the object within the telescope’s viewfinder for as long as you wish.
GOTONOVA® Computerized Control System
The revolutionary GOTONOVA® computerized control system is by far the most technologically advanced automated tracking system available on the market today. With a database of 120,000+ celestial objects, including all of the most famous galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, not to mention the planets, you’ll be able to enjoy star gazing with the simple push of a button. The database, such as comets or asteroids, can also be upgraded to reflect the latest discovery. So your control system can grow as you increase your level of star gazing!
USB Port for computer/ASCOM interconnectivity
The #8401 hand controller also includes a USB port for connection with a computer for firmware upgrade or use with planetarium software.
- Over 120,000 object database with 256 user-defined objects
- 8 line large screen LCD
- User friendly interface
- USB port for firmware upgrades and computer interactivity (such as planetarium software)
- Comes standard with all A-series mounts, GotoNova Kits, SmartStar-PR, CubePro*, MiniTower, and MiniTower Pro
The 8401 hand controller can be used for the following mount (with different firmware version):
- MiniTower Pro (#8100)
- MiniTower II/MiniTower (#8300-2G/#8300)
- CubePro* (#8200)
- Cube-A (#8600)
- Cube-G (#8800)
- Cube-E (#8500)
- SmartStar-PR EQ mount (#8419)
- GoToNova Dual Axis GOTO Upgrade Kit (#8400)
|LCD||Back lit 8-line display|
|Control Speed||9 speed
(1X, 2X, 8X, 16X, 64X, 128X, 256X, 512X, MAX)
|Database||GOTONOVA® (over 120,000 object database)|
|Computer Control||Yes (via USB port)|
Firmware Version 090701 (For MiniTower/CubePro/Cube/SmartStar PR mount and GoToNova Dual Motor Kit)
Firmware Version 110331 (For MiniTower II and MiniTower PRO only)
Star Catalog for 8401 Hand Controller
iOptron Telescope ASCOM Driver:
Install ASCOM Driver 3.11
OR (if 3.11 does not perform well)
Install ASCOM Driver 2.4