Motorized Equatorial Mount 100 lb Equipment Payload Capacity Precision Dual-Axis Micro-Stepper Motor ExploreStars GoTo App for Windows 70,000+ Object Database Declination-Axis Backlash Compensation Permanent Periodic Error Correction Multiple Alignment Processes Dual Losmandy/Vixen Dovetail Saddle Anodized Aluminum Semi-Pier Tripod Explore Scientific took the venerable Losmandy mount and modified it to their own specifications to produce their version of the Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount
to provide users with a powerful platform built to support and move
larger optical tube assemblies easily and smoothly. Modifications
include the use of the PMC-Eight motor drive system, upgraded
micro-stepper motors with encoders, installing a belt drive between the
motor and drive shafts, and replacing the wired control system with a
wireless antenna for remote use from tablets and smartphones running
Windows mobile operating systems. These modifications improve tracking
precision while reducing system vibration, and provide users with a
wireless open-source control system that can be customized to their
specific needs and shared with Explore Scientific community.
Titan lives up to its name with an instrument payload capacity of 100
lbs, with the capability to comfortably carry the two included 21 lb
counterweights. All hardware is made of stainless steel to handle the
weight as well as resist wear over years of use, while a split-design
dovetail saddle accepts the larger Losmandy D-style plates. Its dual
axis DC stepper motor is reversible for use in the Northern and Southern
hemispheres and is powered by the included 12VDC car/vehicle power
adapter. Supporting the head and OTA is an aluminum tripod with an
adjustable height from 33-48" to accommodate a wide variety of users,
while its semi-pier design adds stability vibration-resistance versus
conventional tripods. The semi-pier also allows the legs to be removed
for easier transport and storage.
The brains of this Titan system
is Explore Scientific's ExploreStars app for smartphones and tablets
running Windows mobile OS that connects to the mount via its integrated
WiFi antenna. If the mount is located near a WiFi network that is
connect to the Internet, it can be controlled from a remote location.
The app has a 70,000+ object database with an intuitive user interface
controlled with the device's touchscreen, and an Ethernet 10/100 port.
It features Periodic Error Correction and backlash correction to provide
accurate, precise, and smooth tracking over long periods of time.
Multiple guide, slew, and tracking rates allows it to be easily aligned,
manually controlled, and to accurately track near and deep-sky objects.
A non-volatile memory and Real-Time clock preserves settings, including
the backlash correction and PEC, when the system is turned off and
Explore Scientific Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount with PMC-Eight Motor System and Tripod
PMC-Eight GoTo System
12 VDC Power Supply
Adjustable Aluminum Tripod
21-lb Counterweight for GM-8, G-9, G-11 and Titan Mounts
Limited 1-Year USA/Canada Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration