AZ3000 HPS

SKU: 10M3000AZ

Altazimuthal mount, exclusive 10Micron HPS technology with absolute axis-encoders and high performances motor drives; payload capacity of 100 +55 Kg (220+ 143 lbs) in dual telescope configuration optional


Technical specs
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The new AZ3000 HPS is an altazimuth mount based on the mechanics of the GM3000. The AZ3000 HPS is a very versatile research mount, perfect for scientific activities such as satellite tracking, photometric and astrometric measurements, LiDaR laser applications and so on. Due to its altazimuthal design, it’s necessary an optional field de-rotator (ASCOM compatible) in order to get long exposures without field rotation.
The standard version allows to assembly the optics to only a side of the mount and is supplied with a short counterweight bar. It’s not necessary to exactly counterbalance the weight of the telescope: using counterweigths for about 50% of your payload to get a sufficient stable configuration.
An option is available for a dual telescope configuration, as shown on the pictueres above (see options for further details).

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Technical specs
Type Altazimuth German Mount
Weight (mount) 65 kg – 143 lbs, without accessories
Instrument payload capacity 100 kg (220 lbs) for standard single telescope configuration
100 + 65 kg (220 +143 lbs) for optional dual telescope configuration
Azimuth fine adjustment range (for initial orientation) +/− 10°
Counterweight shaft 50 mm diameter, stainless steel
Axes 80/50 mm diameter, alloy steel
Bearings Pre-loaded tapered roller bearing
Worm wheels 315 teeth, 247 mm diameter, B14 bronze (AZ)

255 teeth, 192 mm diameter, B14 bronze (Dec)

Worm screw 32mm and 24mm, tempered alloy steel, grinded and lapped
Transmission system Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recov
Motors 2 axes servo brushless
Power supply 24 V DC
Power consumption ~ 1 A while tracking
~ 3.5 A at maximum speed
~ 5 A peak
Go-to speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 12°/s.
Pointing accuracy < 20” with internal multiple-stars software mapping
Average tracking accuracy < +/− 1" typical for 15 minutes (< 0.7" RMS) with internal multiple-stars software mapping and compensation of flexure and polar alignment errors
Security stops +/− 150° in AZ (software) +/− 155° in AZ (mechanical)
+/− 95° in Alt (software) +/− 100° in Alt (mechanical)
Operational temperature range (standard) - 15° C to + 35° C
+ 05° F to + 95° F
Storage temperature range - 40° C to + 50° C
- 40° F to +122° F
Special operational temperature range Optional, for very low temperature operations: contact us for more details
Communication ports RS–232 port; GPS port; autoguide ST-4 protocol port; Ethernet port
Database Stars: by name, Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, Bright Star Catalogue, SAO, HIP, HD, PPM, ADS, GCVS. Deep-sky: M, NGC, IC, PGC ,UGC limited up to mV = 16. Solar system: Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, comets, artificial satellites. Equatorial and altazimuth coordinates. User defined objects, fast slewing positions.
Firmware features User defined mount parking position, 2-stars and 3-stars alignment function, up to 100 alignment stars for modeling, correction of polar alignment and orthogonality errors, estimate of average pointing error, storage of multiple pointing models, sidereal, solar and lunar tracking speed adjustable on both axes, declination-based autoguide speed correction, adjustable horizon height limit, pointing and tracking past meridian,, assisted balance adjustment, manual or GPS based time and coordinates setting, dome control via RS-232, configurable atmospheric refraction, network settings, comets and asteroids filter, multi-language interface. Remote Assist via Internet connection.
PC control Remote control via RS-232 or Ethernet; proprietary ASCOM driver or Meade compatible protocol; update of firmware and orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites via RS-232 or Ethernet; virtual control panel via RS-232 or Ethernet. Wi-Fi included.

The AZ3000 HPS Mount is available in a special version for very low temperature operations (item # 10M3000AZF)

10M300DAZ – This optional accessory allows a double telescope configuration as shown on the pictures above

The Standard version allows a single telescope assembly and  is supplied with counterweight bar.

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