Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Black Mount with Open GOTO PMC-8-I; ST3 Steel Tripod 2" Legs; 10Kg Counter Weight. Software:
The Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT with PMC-8 Electronics is quite
unique and special. Most of the serious amateur mounts on the market
today offer single processors. The PMC-8 electronics are extremely
robust. They include a 2-Channel Multi-Processor Micro-controller with 8
CPUs that run independently and are completely deterministic in their
behavior, thus the name PMC-8. Within this multi-processor system is a
64 Kbyte EEPROM Non-Volatile Memory bank used to store parameters; a
Wireless Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function which permits operation
from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or
serial port; and Non-Volatile Memory used to store user selected
parameters. The electronics also includes an Auto-Guide port (ST4
contact input) and features the only wireless ASCOM driver on the
The belt driven system uses 2 timing pulleys (1-45 groove and 1-10
groove) with fiberglass re-enforced neoprene belt connected to a Nema11
bi-polar stepper .67 amps 12ncm motor then connected to the worm.
Precise ball bearings in both axes ensures minimal backlash at all nine
possible tracking speeds. The included battery pack (12 V) takes eight
size "D" batteries. The head rests on a very tough and rigid stainless
steel tripod with adjustable 2" legs from 26.8" to 42.5" and can support
up to 28 lbs. of equipment.
This system is all controlled from a Windows PC, Windows Tablet or
Windows Smartphone with a beautiful full graphical user interface using
our very own ExploreStars OpenGoto® Software. The
ExploreStars OpenGoto® Software has the same basic functions as most all
other mounts on the market today. ExploreStars is a free
App downloadable from the Microsoft App store. The basic download
includes a standard 2 star or 3 star alignment procedure, over 70,000
star database, the Messier Catalog and Solar System objects.
The software interface features a Classic four-button pattern for
guiding, centering, moving and slewing on the touch screen of your
tablet or phone. Pull-down menus open to offer the intuitive 2 star and 3
star alignment procedure, selection of the various catalogs, guided
tours, the sync button, the park position, search feature and the
coordinate input screen to enter RA and DEC coordinate information.
Numerical key pad allows for selectable and user enterable GOTO
speeds for slewing, centering and guiding rates. You can also
set sidereal, king, lunar, solar, and user defined tracking rates. The
NGC, IC and several other catalogs are available for free via download
on our website.
What makes this software different is that YOU can write your own
code and import it into this software. Create a Messier challenge.
Create a selectable list of objects you want to photograph and program
that information into the software. With the ability to write your
own code, you can create whatever your heart desires. Share it with the
community of astronomers that are using this software.
In addition, this mount can be controlled by any ASCOM compliant
software using the built-in wireless ASCOM driver. GPS-compatible and
auto time / date settings are dependent on optional receiver on
computer, tablet or phone.
Here are most of the ASCOM software packages available for use with
the Explore Scientific / Losmandy G-11 with PMC-8 mount: ACP; APT; AST /
ATC & Ricerca (Omega Lab); AstroArt; AstroMB; Cartes du Ciel / Sky
Chart; CCD AutoPilot; DeepSky; Deepsky Planner; DFM Engineering; Earth
Centered Universe Pro; EasySky; Eye and Telescope; Project Pluto; Hallo
Northern Sky; Maxim DL; MaxPoint; PinPoint Astrometric; Prism; Sequence
Generator Pro; Sidereal Technology; The Sky; SkyMap Software; SkyTools
3; Star Atlas PRO; Sky Observer; StarryNight; Stellarium; Virtual Moon
Atlas; and WorldWide Telescope.