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# 1456800 Price: on request
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AZ 8000 DDS

The AZ DDS (Direct Drive System) mounts are one of 10Microns latest projects. A new generation of professional robotic mounts, in altazimuthal fork configuration with software integrated derotator/focuser.

Thanks to a long experience in robotic astronomical mounts, 10Micron can now offer this solution specially developed for professional and research applications such as astronomical and satellite fields, which need a really demanding grade of quality and affordability; the AZ mounts integrate all the latest technologies and technical acquirements in mechanical, electrical, electronics, software and design fields: any single feature and component has been accurately studied in order to reach the highest level of efficiency that has always characterized 10Micron products; likewise 10Micron has integrated many new security features in order to ensure the safety of both the instrument and the operator.

The AZ8000 DDS was designed to accommodate a 40″ diameter optics, available in a complete configuration. The Mount is also available alone and can accommodate optics until 40″ of diameter. A double Nasmyth configuration is available as option.

  • New generation robotic fork Mount, altazimuthal configuration with Nasmyth configuration
  • Optional derotator/focuser
  • Ssuitable for optical tubes until 40"
  • Direct drive high torque motors specially designed for astronomical application
  • On-axis high resolution Renishaw absolute encoders
  • High quality large diameter ball bearings
  • Very stiff and compact fork to minimize vibrations
  • Integrated electronics and onboard microserver with internal sky model capability
  • Integrated interface with focuser/derotator
  • Minimum base height for improved stability and use with small domes
  • Nasmyth focus(ers) - optional: with 100 mm or 180mm Nasmyth hole diameter
  • very fast pointing speed up to 30°/sec.
  • very accurate tracking for long exposure unguided imaging
  • optimized for satellite and space debris tracking
  • two line elements tracking available

Professional Graphic Display Included

  • Stand alone control unit – no PC required – includes all necessary functions for field use
  • Rugged keypad with metal body and reliable industrial grade micro switches
  • Large graphic display with up to five text lines and status icon, heated for low temperature operation, dimmable display and keyboard with LED backlit keys
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Name
AZ 8000 DDS
Mount type
Alt-azimuth direct drive mount with on-axis high resolution absolute encoders
Weight
950 kg - 2094 lbs (mount only, without telescope and accessories)
Instrument payload capacity
up to 700 kg (1534 lbs), 1000mm (40") diameter
Axes bearing
High quality large diameter, special ball bearings
Motors
Professional grade direct drive motors; no worm gears or transmission systems, zero backlash
Encoders
High Resolution Renishaw absolute encoders
Power supply
48 V
Power consumption
20 A peak
Goto speed
more than 20°/s
Pointing accuracy
< 5“ rms with internal 25 stars software mapping, max 100 stars; possibility to use external software for automated alignment operation
Average tracking accuracy
~ 1" typical for 15 minutes
Nasmyth holes diameters
180mm diameter
Nasmyth focus payload capacity
50 kg
Safety features
Mechanical stops in both axis, Anti-wrap logic, On board and remotable Emergency stop button with safety relay, Aural warning system, Unbalance/collision protection system
Security stop
Mechanical stops at AZ: 600° (~2 turns) and ALT: 100°
Security brakes
Electromechanical brake for unbalance security in altitude
Dimensions (only mount with standard fork)
190 x 100 x 150 cm (74,8" x 39,4" x 59")
Focuser / DeRotator standard
GO2 by 10Micron. 10Micron specific, software integrated control interface. 50kg payload capacity, internal temperature probe (optional)
Communication ports
RS–232 port; GPS port; autoguide ST-4 protocol port; Ethernet port
Integrated 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.
Integrated control electronics features
User defined mount parking position. Mount modeling with up to 100 stars / points. Storage of multiple pointing models. Configurable tracking speed. Adjustable movement limits. Assisted balance adjustment. Integrated leap second support. Direct dome control via RS-232. Configurable atmospheric refraction compensation.
Keypad control
Rugged keypad with metal housing, backlit micro switches, dimmable graphic display. All the functionality of the mount is available through the keypad without requiring an external PC.
PC control
Remote control via RS 232, Ethernet network. Update of firmware and orbital elements for satellite tracking and minor planet objects. Virtual keypad control panel replicating the functionality of the physical keypad. Mount manager software including advanced user interface. Usage of any client software supporting the ASCOM standard through proprietary ASCOM driver, or through the LX200 compatible protocol.

Scope of supply

Please note: The Derotator / focuser is optional