PlaneWave L500 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount

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Brand: Planewave
SKU: 600550
$40,999.00

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For better availability information call 02 9518 7255 or email sales@bintel.com.au

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The PlaneWave L500 combines versatility, simplicity and affordability by combining all the technology of our Observatory class telescopes into a compact stand-alone mount.   In its Alt/Az configuration it is considerably more compact than its equatorial counterpart, allowing a larger telescope to fit in a smaller enclosure. The mass it takes to make a rigid alt/az mount is substantially less, leading to cost savings. Unlike German Equatorial mounts, there are no meridian flips to deal with, and no  large protruding counterweights to create a dangerous hazard in a public observatory. Alt/Az is more intuitive to use and no polar alignment is needed. Besides, it is the way the pros do it!

Planewave L500 Mount Features:

  • Direct-drive motors on each axis for smooth, fast, and virtually silent movement of the telescope
  • Slew speeds up to 50 degrees per second
  • High resolution encoders on each axis for precise positioning
  • Zero backlash
  • Zero periodic error
  • PointXP mount modeling software
  • Enclosed electronics
  • Through the mount cabling

FEATURES:

Direct drive motors and encodersDirect Drive motors and on-axis encoders eliminate the need for  gears, thereby eliminating backlash and periodic error. With high-resolution encoders providing the feedback for the direct drive motors, not only will the telescope track without periodic error and backlash, the mount will also counter wind gusts with precise servo feedback. 
Incredible Slew SpeedThe direct drive motors can move the telescope at speeds up to 50 degrees per second for tracking satellites or just to minimize target acquisition time. 
Dual mounting bracketPlaneWave style mounting bracket to hold CDK17/20 onto inside of fork arm with additional option of mounting a scope on the outside of the fork arm. Optional dovetail clamp required. 
Azimuth dovetail balance systemFor precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration 
Through the mount cablingAccess panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount. 

MOUNT SYSTEM

TypeAlt-Azimuth / Equatorial Direct Drive Mount
Weight257 lbs (100 kg)
Component WeightsAzimuth Base – 121 lbs, Fork Arm – 136 lbs
Max. Load Capacity200 lbs (91 kg)
Latitude Range0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemispheres
Cable ManagementEquipment cables can be wired through mount

CONTROL SYSTEM

Control ElectronicsPlaneWave Interface dual axis telescope control
User InterfacePlaneWave Interface 4 (PWI4) Control Software with integrated PointXP mount modeling software
Homing SensorsHome position sensors are included allowing the mount can find its home position on power up.
Slew Rate20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
Power RequirementAccepts 120 VAC. Supplied with 12VDC 15A Regulated Power Adapter

MOTION CONTROL

Motor ControlIndustrial grade brushless motor control system and built in electronics
Motor – Azimuth and AltitudeDirect Drive 3 Phase Axial-Flux Torque Motors
Encoder – Azimuth and Altitude152mm disk built into the azimuth and altitude axes with stainless steel encoder on the circumference with reader yields 18,880,000 counts per revolution of the telescope. This translates to about 0.069 arcsecond resolution
Motor TorqueApproximately 20 ft-lbs continuous; 50 ft-lbs peak
Drive ElectronicsIndustrial grade, off-the-shelf brushless motor drives for each axis with custom designed interface card
Telescope Control SoftwarePlaneWave Interface (PWI4). Incorporates PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe All ASCOM compatible.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

Pointing Accuracy<10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
Pointing Precision2 arcsecond
Tracking Accuracy< .3 arcsecond error over 5 minute period
System Natural Frequency10 Hz or greater

Installation Instructions

PlaneWave L500 Mount Schematics

NOTE: This Product has a long lead time. For more information email education@bintel.com.au

PlaneWave L500 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount

SKU: 600550

PlaneWave Instruments is proud to introduce its new L-Series direct drive mount system.

Offered in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration. The  L-500  designed for the CDK17/20 capable of holding a payload of over 200 lbs.

All mounts are designed and manufactured by PlaneWave Instruments with zero backlash and zero periodic error, virtually silent motion and slew speeds of up to 50 degrees per second!

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