You can move the R.A. axis nearly
90 degrees without interference from the Dec. axis.
You might notice that this mount
is now belt driven. We have had great results with the toothed belt and
pulley set up for quite a while now. It was time to use that on a small
mount. Tracking, PE and pointing accuracy is excellent. This mount is set
up for CCD work.
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 very quiet at
The steppers included are NEW 400
step models, not surplus.
Time tested software and hardware.
No permanent modifications to the
telescope mount itself.
A small 17 amp hour gel cell battery
is good for one night of observing.
Resolution is at .1875 arc seconds
for this mount.
Laptop can be an old 486 and can
be included with your order.
Software is included and pre-configured.
Telephone and e-mail support is
available for free.
Instructions for operating the software
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
Unlimited database, custom made,
DIY and large database included free.
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
LX-200 interface for control with
other computer programs, standard.
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.
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.
Electronics and software
by Mel Bartels
Conversion design by Lenord
GoTo & Tracking Systems
5000 Green Hollow Dr.
Arlington Texas 76017-5910