This is a better way to hold them on the mount for
some serious testing. There is a cover that was removed for this picture.
A mounting plate had to be fabricated to attach the Dec.
axis geartrain. A new gear had to be installed onto the Dec. axis of the
mount as well.
This is a picture of the mount on it's stand with the
12" SCT. It is in it's permanent home in the Chicago area. The picture
was taken by the owner Norman Reed.
Another picture of the mount and scope just after mounting
This is a picture of the laptop, pcb and battery.
Unlike other GoTo systems, all of our systems are GoTo
telescope controls for a lifetime. The circuitry, motors, computer, cables,
software and (usually) the gearing, can be used on other mounts (Dobs or
GEMS) with a little modification to the new mounting.
Stepper motors that are quiet enough to talk over in a
normal tone of voice when tracking and nearly silent when slewing.
Time tested software and hardware.
No permanent modifications to the telescope mount itself.
Almost all of our systems are removable should you upgrade to a larger
A small 17 amp hour gel cell battery is good for one night
Resolution is at .225 arc seconds for this mount. Better
resolution is available on request.
Laptop can be an old 486 and can be included with your
Software is included and pre-configured.
Telephone and e-mail support is available for free.
Instructions for operating the software are included.
This system is GoTo pointing accurate to within a fraction
of an arc minute.
Start up time is less than 2 minutes.
A one button grand tour mode is standard.
Unlimited database, custom made, DIY and large database
Easy 2 star alignment, one of the stars is Polaris, which
your mount should be aligned to anyway.
Custom made grand tour files are available for free and
can be sent to you via e-mail or floppy. Install time for these is 1 minute.
Multiple mount error correction routines are standard.
Gearing backlash control is standard.
Laptop can have Guide installed, a planetarium program
that graphically displays the night sky. Access from inside the scope software
with one key.
Laptops and the circuitry can usually be powered from
the same battery. There is no need typically, for a power outlet.
LX-200 interface for control with other computer programs,
40 microsteps per full step of the motors. Typical number
of microsteps with the gearing is 5, 760,000.
Drift compensation standard (allows lunar tracking at
high power for CCD work)
Realtime display of coordinates.
Built in observing log is standard.
Wireless mouse operation available.
If you have this type of mount, we can convert
it for you and make it look and perform almost identical to this one. Hi-resolution
steppers are available for the astro imager. Bolt on "do it yourself" kits
are not available.