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Software Bisque Paramount MYT Series 6

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The MyT Series 6 is Paramounts smallest Robotic Telescope Mount and includes all the same features and innovations as its larger MX+ and MEII brothers. 

Its new features include a 40% instrument capacity increase, an option for absolute digital encoders, and multiple connectivity options.

For an overview of what’s new with the Series 6 Paramounts, watch the video below.

Grab and Go Observatory

Being the lightest of all the Paramounts, the MYT Series 6 is the ultimate grab-and-go observatory.

A highly portable mount that can be supplied as a head only or with one of two different tripods:

  1. The Paramount Helium Tripod
  2. Berlebach Planet Tripod


  • Mount head weighs only 35 lbs (16kg)
  • Impressive 70 lbs (32kg)  load capacity, not including counterweights. With counterweights the total load capacity increases to 140 pounds (64kg)  (Instruments and Counterweights)
  • As fast, accurate, and stable as it's cousins the ME II and MX+, the MyT includes 11cm (4.3 in.) right ascension and declination bearings, 6 degree per second maximum slew speeds and high-torque precision brushless DC servo motors.
  • All aluminium precision machined body with signature red anodised finish.
  • MKS 5000 motor control system.
  • Research-grade brass RA gears with 7 arcseconds or less peak-to-peak periodic error - before PEC (Periodic Error Correction) has been applied by the onboard computer.
  • Plenty of room for additional accessories and simple but effective cable management. Includes integrated guider port, two USB ports, a 5V 1A max power supply port, one 12V 1A max power supply port, pulse focuser port, and a generic through the mount power supply cabling port.
  • Includes an integrated wedge for a latitude range of 0 - 64 degrees.
  • Additional polar axis adjustment extends the effective range by plus or minus 7 degrees.

Refined engineering and years of mount development have led to several additional mount features for the Paramount MyT EQ. Through the mount cable management helps keep your set up organized and tangle free. A rotating mount base allows for AZ adjustments to be made without affecting the mount's altitude. Red lights provide a soft glow under the mount to allow for ease of adjustment at any moment. This light can be turned off as well as your viewing or imaging session gets underway. Clutch-free worm block design maintains the mount's physical orientation to increase mount pointing and tracking accuracy while a mechanical switch on each axis will disengage the worm from the the gear while still balancing the payload.

Software plays a major role in the functionality of your mount set up and Software Bisque has you covered with a full suite of mount and camera control software. Included with your MyT mount are the TheSkyX Professional Edition; a full featured planetarium style software that offers a beautiful interface for mount control. Camera Add On software allows for camera, focuser, filter wheel and SBIG adaptive optics control. TPoint software with SuperModel and ProTrack provides professional level telescope pointing correction. All softwares included are multi-licence allowing for installation on up to 6 machines, and can be installed on either Mac or Windows operating systems.

Encoders FAQ

What is the difference between motor based incremental encoders and on-axis absolute encoders?

Paramount's equipped with on-axis absolute encoders know where they are at all times.  Paramount's with incremental encoders (or motor-based encoders) know only how far they have moved since they were initialized using a nightly process called homing.

The crucial additional difference is that the on-axis absolute encoders are fitted directly to the mount axes themselves, bypassing the worm drives.  Paramount's with incremental encoders are fitted to the worms instead, which means that with incremental encoders alone, periodic errors in the worm drive show up in the tracking.  These mounts must be calibrated and corrected using a process called periodic error correction (PEC), which measures and records the repeatable gear train errors and removes them.  (TheSky features advanced, multi-harmonic PE detection and PEC calibration that minimizes periodic error in mounts with incremental encoders.)

For mounts with incremental encoders, homing re-zeros the encoders when precise sensors on each of the axes are reached. From then on, the incremental encoders are in effect delivering absolute readings.

However, the crucial additional difference remains, namely that the incremental encoder system is behind the worm drive, and periodic error correction is still required to get the best out of the RA tracking.

High-resolution on-axis absolute encoder technology is significantly more expensive than incremental encoders.

Are on-axis absolute encoders right for you?

The short answer is, “it depends.”

On-axis absolute encoders eliminate periodic error and enable the mount to always know where “home” is.

That’s convenient and expedites setup for an evening of imaging. However, with Paramounts, periodic error is already very low, and after a one-time training, it becomes negligible. Moreover, Paramount’s included Homing software homes in only 15 to 60 seconds.

So, at least with Paramounts, periodic error is practically non-existent, and homing is a breeze.

What about pointing and tracking?

Without encoders, Paramounts routinely deliver 5-to-10-minute unguided exposures; one MX customer reported 20 minutes. Also without encoders, Paramount’s produce all sky pointing accuracies at or below 30 arcseconds RMS.

Absent Paramount’s exceptional software, that performance would not be possible. Operating in conjunction with TPoint™, ProTrack™ continuously updates the mount’s position across both axes to correct system-wide tracking errors including tube flexures, atmospheric refraction, polar misalignment, harmonic errors from mis-centred encoders and/or worm gears, and more.

On-axis absolute encoders alone cannot correct these errors which exist with all telescopes. A properly applied telescope model is necessary to achieve superior pointing and tracking.

So are on-axis absolute encoders right for you?

Perhaps if you want to enjoy the conveniences mentioned above. And for many, that’s enough.

With that said, the optional on-axis 26-bit Renishaw absolute encoders with 0.02 arc second precision are the finest available and they operate in temps as low as –40° C.


Specifications: Software Bisque Paramount MYT Series 6

Hardware Specifications

  • 70 lb. (32 kg) instrument capacity; 140 lb. (64 kg) maximum payload capacity (instruments + counterweights)
  • All sky pointing accuracies at or below 30 arcseconds RMS (see Software Specifications below for details)
  • Unibody mount design weighs 35 lb. (16 kg) without counterweights or counterweight shaft
  • Maximum seven (7) arcseconds peak-to-peak periodic error before correction
  • After a one-time training, periodic error is 1 arcsecond, peak-to-peak or less
  • Optional 26-bit Renishaw encoders eliminate periodic error and the need for homing; operates in temps as low as –40° C
  • If you skip encoders now and later decide you want them, they can be retrofitted on Series 6 Paramounts
  • There’s been confusion about what encoders contribute to the Paramount’s performance; see FAQ below regarding whether encoders are right for you
  • Encoder cables located inside mount to prevent snags
  • All electronics and through-the-mount cables are housed inside the mount with ample room for additional cables
  • Its state-of-the-art MKS 6000 telescope control system (TCS) lets you connect via USB C, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi
  • (MKS 6000 Upgrade Kits will be available for older Paramounts)
  • Two-port USB 2.0 hub located on instrument panel
  • Redesigned Versa-Plate™ (included) accepts most telescopes and makes mounting them a breeze
  • 48V DC power supply and PC-to-mount USB and Ethernet cables included
  • 20 lb. (9 kg) counterweight included and can balance 25-30 lb. (9 kg). You may need to purchase more for heavier payloads.
  • Belt-driven gears with spring-loaded worm gears produce virtually zero backlash
  • Durable and fade-resistant red powder coating and black anodised finish; components are aluminium
  • Clutch-free design helps maintain its TPoint™ assisted pointing accuracy
  • AutoHome™ homing capability ensures the mount always knows its orientation (after performing an initializing process called “homing” which usually takes a minute or less)
  • Calibrated azimuth and elevation polar alignment adjustments speed polar alignment

Software Specifications

  • Paramount’s unequaled pointing and tracking wouldn’t be possible without its TPoint™ and ProTrack™ software.
  • By employing TPoint’s calibration and telescope modeling tools, you’ll enjoy all sky pointing accuracies at or below 30 arcseconds RMS. Nothing outperforms that (TPoint’s details).
  • Operating in conjunction with TPoint™, ProTrack™ continuously updates the mount’s position across both axes to correct system-wide tracking errors including tube flexures, atmospheric refraction, polar misalignment, harmonic errors from mis-centred encoders and/or worm gears, and more.
  • On-axis absolute encoders alone cannot correct these errors which exist with all telescopes. A properly applied telescope model is necessary to achieve superior tracking.
  • Without encoders, Paramounts can deliver uncommonly long unguided exposures (one customer reported 20 minutes).
  • For more information about what encoders can and cannot do, please see the FAQ.
  • All the included software is integrated into a single, easy-to-use, application consisting of TheSky™ Professional, TPoint™, Cameras+, Domes, Multi-OS+, and Weather modules.
  • You can control all your astrophotography-related cameras and devices with this one app.
  • It runs on macOS™, Windows™, Ubuntu™, and Linux (x86_64 and ARM64 architectures.
  • Regardless of the operating system you run it on, it appears and operates identically. You can even switch between operating systems and its license allows up to six computers. Why paint yourself or your institution into a corner?
  • Absent ProTrack™ which is unique to Paramounts, all its included software is sold separately as TheSky™ Universal Bundle and represents a £1,095 value.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box: Software Bisque Paramount MYT Series 6

What's in the box
  • Software Bisque Paramount MyT Robotic Mount
  • MYT Counterweight Shaft
  • 20lb Counterweight
  • Counterweight Safety knob
  • Hand paddle
  • USB to USB mini cable
  • Hex key set
  • Pier lock knobs
  • QuickStart guide
  • Paramount User Guide
  • USB thumb Drive (loaded with the SkyX Pro for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Raspberry Pi for easy download)
  • Power Supply & Power Cable
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