AZ5000 DDS

SKU: AZ5000

New generation robotic fork Mount, altazimuthal configuration with optional derotator/focuser, direct drive motor system, suitable for optical tubes until 26".


Technical specs
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Top features.

  • Direct drive high torque motors specially designed for astronomy application
  • On-axis high resolution absolute encoders
  • High quality large diameter ball bearings
  • Very stiff and compact fork to minimize vibrations
  • Integrated electronics and onboard computer with internal sky model capability
  • Integrated interface with focuser/derotator control
  • Minimum base height for use with small domes and improve stability
  • Nasmyth focus (option): 100 mm Nasmyth hole diameter
  • very fast pointing speed up to 30°/sec. – suitable for satellite tracking
  • very accurate tracking for long exposure unguided imaging

One of 10Micron last project is the AZ DDS (Direct Drive System), a new generation of professional robotic mounts, in altazimuthal fork configuration with software integrated derotator/focuser.

Thanks to our long experience in robotic astronomical mounts, we are proud to offer this  altazimuthal fork Mount specially developed for professional and research applications such as astronomical and satellite fields, which need a really demanding grade of quality and affordability; our AZ mounts integrate all the last technologies and technical acquirements in mechanical, electrical, electronics, software and design fields: any single feature and component has been accurately studied in order to reach the highest level of efficiency that has always characterized 10Micron products; also, we have integrated some special features in order to ensure the safety of both the instrument and the operator.

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Left: GO1 rotator/focuser







AZ5000 24 web2

The AZ5000 DDS is tipically designed to accommodate a 24″ -26″ diameter optics, which represents the optimum optical size, and we can alwo supply a complete telescope configuration. The Mount is normaly available alone for Cassegrain focus type telescopes (standard version) and we can supply the correct flanges to accomodate the customer’s optics.
A Nasmyth focus configuration is available as option.

Ask our team for any customized configuration.

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On the left: The AZ5000 DDS Mount, with a Planewave CDK 24″ optics installed.








Technical specs
Mount type Alt-azimuth direct drive mount with on-axis high resolution absolute encoders
Weight 300 kg (mount without telescope and accessories)
Telescope payload capacity up to 250 kg, 650 mm (26”) diameter
Axes bearing High quality large diameter, special bearings
Motors Professional grade direct drive motors; no worm gears or transmission systems, zero backlash
Encoders High resolution absolute encoders
Power supply 48 V
Power consumption 5 A peak
Goto speed Goto speed 40°/s
Pointing accuracy <10" rms with internal 25 stars software mapping, max 100 stars.
Modeling software (Model Maker) available for auotmatic alignment operation
Average tracking accuracy 1" typical for 15 minutes / 0.6" RMS with internal 25-stars model (REAL sky observations).
<0.01" encoder readout error.
Nasmyth holes diameters Primary Nasmyth focus: 100 mm diameter; secondary Nasmyth focus 68mm diameter (special request)
Nasmyth focus payload capacity 30 kg
Safety features Mechanical stops in both axis
Anti-wrap logic
On board and remotable Emergency stop button with safety relay
Aural warning system
Unbalance/collision protection system
Security stops Mechanical stops
Az: +/- 300° (~2 turns)
Alt: 100° (-5° / +95°)
Security brakes Electromechanical brake for unbalance security in altitude
Dimensions (only mount with standard fork) 1350x550x1350 mm
Focuser/DeRotator standard GO1 by 10Micron (optional)
Interface 10Micron specific, software integrated control
Payload capacity 25 Kg
Temperature compensation Internal temperature probe
Communication ports RS–232 port; GPS port; autoguide ST-4 protocol port; Ethernet port
Integrated 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.
Integrated control electronics features User defined mount parking position.
Mount modeling with up to 100 stars / points.
Storage of multiple pointing models.
Configurable tracking speed.
Adjustable movement limits.
Assisted balance adjustment.
Integrated leap second support.
Direct dome control via RS-232.
Configurable atmospheric refraction compensation.
Keypad control Rugged keypad with metal housing, backlit micro switches, dimmable graphic display.
All the functionality of the mount is available through the keypad without requiring an external PC.
PC control Remote control via RS 232, Ethernet network.
Update of firmware and orbital elements for satellite tracking and minor planet objects.
Virtual keypad control panel replicating the functionality of the physical keypad.
Mount manager software including advanced user interface.
Usage of any client software supporting the ASCOM standard through proprietary ASCOM driver, or through the LX200 compatible protocol.
NEW professional WEB interface coming soon….
  • The AZ5000 DDS (standard version) features an optional derotaor/focuser controlled by the Mount software; in case of custom telescopes, we can supply the necessary flange adapters
  • The AZ5000 DDS-N version features a Nasmyth focus system, in which the optional derotaor/focuser is applied.
  • The AZ5000 DDS-2N version features a double Nasmyth focus system, in which two optional derotators/focusers are applied in each side. This is a special version, contact our team for any further information
  • A complete telescope with a 24″ optics in Cassegrain focus configuration, professional grade, is also available



Included items
  • Fork Mount
  • Power supply
  • The Derotator/focuser is optional
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AZ DDS mounts catalog


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