PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount

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Brand: Planewave
SKU: 600551

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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 secondAll Products
  • 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 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. PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
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. PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
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. PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
Azimuth dovetail balance systemFor precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount
Through the mount cablingAccess panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount. PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount


TypeAlt-Azimuth / Equatorial Direct Drive Mount
Weight338 lbs (153 kg)
Max. Load Capacity300 lbs (136 kg)
Latitude Range0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemispheres
Cable ManagementEquipment cables can be wired through mount


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


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.


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

PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Schematics

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PlaneWave L600 Direct Drive Alt Azimuth Mount

SKU: 600551

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!







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