The new AZ3000 HPS is an altazimuth mount based on the mechanics of the GM3000. The AZ3000 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, as shown on the pictueres above (see options for further details).
Learn more about the exclusive 10Micron HPS technology
|Type||Altazimuth German Mount|
|Weight (mount)||65 kg – 143 lbs, without accessories|
|Instrument payload capacity||100 kg (220 lbs) for standard single telescope configuration
100 + 65 kg (220 +143 lbs) for optional dual telescope configuration
|Azimuth fine adjustment range (for initial orientation)||+/− 10°|
|Counterweight shaft||50 mm diameter, stainless steel|
|Axes||80/50 mm diameter, alloy steel|
|Bearings||Pre-loaded tapered roller bearing|
|Worm wheels||315 teeth, 247 mm diameter, B14 bronze (AZ)
255 teeth, 192 mm diameter, B14 bronze (Dec)
|Worm screw||32mm and 24mm, tempered alloy steel, grinded and lapped|
|Transmission system||Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recov|
|Motors||2 axes servo brushless|
|Power supply||24 V DC|
|Power consumption||~ 1 A while tracking ~ 3 A at maximum speed ~ 5 A peak|
|Go-to speed||Adjustable from 2°/s to 12°/s.
Special version 48V: from 2°/sec to 20°/sec
|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.|
The AZ3000 HPS Mount is available in a special version for very low temperature operations: ask our team if intereseted.
10M300DAZ – This option allows a double telescope configuration as shown on the pictures above
The Standard version allows a single telescope assembly and is supplied with counterweight bar.
No compatible accessory