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When iOptron rolled out its latest innovations at the Northeast Astronomy Forum in April, the iPano gigapixel mount head caught our eye. This robotic camera platform (introductory price: $999) supports large DSLR cameras and lenses and is designed to automate your ability to shoot extremely- large-scale panoramas. The iPano directly connects to most DSLR camera models and, with minor calibration, can automatically and precisely point and shoot as many overlapping frames as necessary to assem- ble your final gigapixel panorama. The unit weighs 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg) and bears a load of up to 11 lbs (5 kg), and it runs on lithium rechargeable batteries. The iPano accepts RS232 and RS485 inputs and also includes a built-in Wi-Fi connection.
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