PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount


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    PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount

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

    Offered in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration.

    The L-600 is ideal for the CDK24 and capable of holding up to 300 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!

    The PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Mount is ideal for the CDK24 and capable of holding up to 136kgs (300 lbs). Slewing at up to 50 degrees per second with pointing accuracy <10 arc seconds with Point XP and tracking accuracy of <.3 arc seconds over 5 minutes. This precision mount is a work of art.

    The L-Series 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.  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 L600 Direct Drive 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
    • Payload Capacity up to 136kg
    • PointXP mount modeling software
    • Enclosed electronics
    • Weight is 153kg.


    Direct drive motors and encoders Direct 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 Speed The 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.  PlaneWave L350 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
    Dual mounting bracket PlaneWave 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.  PlaneWave L500
    Azimuth dovetail balance system For precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration  PlaneWave L350 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
    Through the mount cabling Access panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount.  PlaneWave L350 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount


    Type Alt-Azimuth / Equatorial Direct Drive Mount
    Weight 338 lbs (153 kg)
    Max. Load Capacity 300 lbs (136 kg)
    Latitude Range 0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemispheres
    Cable Management Equipment cables can be wired through mount


    Control Electronics PlaneWave Interface dual axis telescope control
    User Interface PlaneWave Interface 4 (PWI4) Control Software with integrated PointXP mount modeling software
    Homing Sensors Home position sensors are included allowing the mount can find its home position on power up.
    Slew Rate 20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
    Power Requirement Accepts 120 VAC. Supplied with 12VDC 15A Regulated Power Adapter


    Motor Control Industrial grade brushless motor control system and built in electronics
    Motor – Azimuth and Altitude Direct Drive 3 Phase Axial-Flux Torque Motors
    Encoder – Azimuth and Altitude 152mm 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 Torque Approximately 20 ft-lbs continuous; 50 ft-lbs peak
    Drive Electronics Industrial grade, off-the-shelf brushless motor drives for each axis with custom designed interface card
    Telescope Control Software PlaneWave Interface (PWI4). Incorporates PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe All ASCOM compatible.


    Pointing Accuracy <10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
    Pointing Precision 2 arcsecond
    Tracking Accuracy < .3 arcsecond error over 5 minute period
    System Natural Frequency 10 Hz or greater

    PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Schematics

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