PlaneWave Instruments is proud to introduce its new L-Series direct drive mount system. Offered in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration. The L-Series comes in three models; the L-350 capable of holding 100 lbs; the L-500 designed for the CDK17/20 that can hold payload of over 200 lbs. The L-600 is ideal for the CDK24 and can hold 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!
Please note that due to Covid-19 and a high volume of orders, some products could be on backorder at our suppliers and may have longer delays for the delivery. Contact us for stock status.
The PlaneWave L-600 Direct Drive Mount 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!
L-Series Mounts 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 periodic error
PointXP mount modeling software
Through the mount cabling
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.
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.
Azimuth dovetail balance system
For precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration
Through the mount cabling
Access panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount.
Proven CDK700/PW1000 Technology
The L-Series uses the same proven technology as the CDK700 and 1-Meter PW1000 which are being used in Universities round the world.
Alt-Azimuth / Equatorial Direct Drive Mount
338 lbs (153 kg)
Max. Load Capacity
300 lbs (136 kg)
0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemispheres
Equipment cables can be wired through mount
PlaneWave Interface dual axis telescope control
PlaneWave Interface 4 (PWI4) Control Software with integrated PointXP mount modeling software
Home position sensors are included allowing the mount can find its home position on power up.
20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
Accepts 120 VAC. Supplied with 12VDC 15A Regulated Power Adapter
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
Approximately 20 ft-lbs continuous; 50 ft-lbs peak
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.
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