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10 Micron AZ2000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount

10 Micron AZ2000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount
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Product Code:  B1452900
Manufacturer:  10 Micron

10 Micron


This mount is the last version of the AZ2000, an altazimuth mount based on the mechanics of the GM2000. The AZ2000 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, this special mount isn’t suitable for astrophotography and for most of the amateur activities.

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, the AZ 2000 DT Upgrade Kit for the AZ 2000 HPS to install a second telescope on the counterweight side. Secondary telescope 35kg payload capacity

The original AZ2000 was also produced in the special “Antarctica” version, which was able to work at the extreme low temperature of -84°C (-119F). Special mechanical and electronic considerations were necessary in order to design and produce this peculiar mount: from the correct choice of material and sizes to the use of special and very expensive lubricants, wiring and connectors. A special housing was also designed to protect against temperature and ice crystals formation and which needed different levels of seals depending on the effective operational temperature.

Type Altazimuth German Mount
Weight (mount) 30 kg – 66 lbs without accessories
Instrument payload capacity 50 kg (110 lbs) for standard single telescope configuration
50 + 35 kg (110 +77 lbs) for optional dual telescope configuration
Azimuth fine adjustment range (for initial orientation) +/− 10°
Counterweight shaft 40 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 4 kg – 9 lbs
Axes 50 mm diameter, alloy steel
Bearings Pre-loaded tapered roller bearing
Worm wheels 215 teeth, 172 mm diameter, B14 bronze
Worm screw 24mm, tempered alloy steel, grinded and lapped
Transmission system Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recovery
Motors 2 axes servo brushless
Power supply 24 V DC
Power consumption ~ 0,7 A while tracking ~ 3 A at maximum speed ~ 5 A peak
Go-to speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 20°/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.

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