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10 Micron AZ4000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount
10 Micron AZ4000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount

10 Micron AZ4000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount

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AZ 4000 HPS

  • 10Micron AZ4000 HPS Alt-azimuth mount
  • Ideal for high precision satellite tracking and photometric and astrometric work
  • 150kg + 100kg (in dual scope configuration) instrument payload capacity
  • Go-to speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 8°/s (6°/s in AZ/RA)
  • 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

This mount is based on the mechanics of the GM4000 HPS II and offers a very stable altazimuthal configuration: the AZ4000 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, it’s necessary an optional field de-rotator (ASCOM compatible) in order to get long exposures without field rotation. The standard version allows to assembly the optics to only a side of the mount and is supplied with a counterweight bar. Optionally available is the double telescope version which allows the use of two two or more optics in a side by side setup, optimizing the load of the Mount and taking advantage of the altazimuth configuration.

The Double telescope option is compatible with all the plates used on the GM4000 series, including the dual plates Loduel and Maxidual; in this way it is possible to use directly 4 optics, 2 per side.

Designed to offer a great sturdiness with no flexures, it is all made from machined aluminized alloy. You can order the AZ4000 HPS Mount already configured with the Double Telescope option, or buy it after as an accessory.


Specifications: 10 Micron AZ4000 HPS Alt-Azimuth Mount

Type Altazimuth German Mount
Weight (mount) 125 kg (276 lbs) without accessories
Instrument payload capacity 150 kg (330 lbs) for standard single telescope configuration
150 + 100 kg (330 +220 lbs) for optional dual telescope configuration
Azimuth fine adjustment range (for initial orientation) +/− 10°
Counterweight shaft 60 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 13 kg – 29 lbs
Axes Azimuth: 85mm diameter, Alt. 80mm diameter, alloy steel
Bearings Pre-loaded tapered roller bearing
Worm wheels Azimuth. 430 teeth, 330 mm diameter, B14 bronze
Alt.. 315 teeth, 244 mm diameter, B14 bronze
Worm gears diameter 32mm, 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 (48V DC as special option)
Power consumption ~ 1,5 A at sidereal speed
~ 5 A at maximum speed
~ 6 A peak
Go-to speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 8°/s (6°/s in R.A.)
Special version 48V DC from 2°/s to 12°/s (10°/s in R.A).
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 stop +/− 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 (until -35°C / -31°F): see options 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 to control the mount via Tablet, Smartphone etc.

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