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Explore Scientific partnered with iconic designer Scott Losmandy to create offer you their first GoTo mount: the PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod system. The bones of the system is Losmanday's G-11 motorized German equatorial mount and tripod. Utilizing stepper motors, stainless steel worm shafts and brass worm gears, the mount is steady and stable with virtually zero vibrations while running and tracking.
Explore Scientific stripped out the G-11's electronics and hand-controller and replaced them with their own control box. The control box has a wireless antenna that allows it to connect to the Internet, or locally to your Windows PC or mobile device running the open-source ExploreSky software. When connected to the Internet, the mount can be controlled from anywhere in the world. For local use, the mobile app gives you an intuitive interface. The open-source nature of the software allows users a nearly infinite capacity to customize and share their own versions and modifications - which allows them to explore the sky in ways conventional proprietary software suites wouldn't.
To provide a stable base for observations, the included tripod has sturdy 3" legs with an adjustable height from 33-48". It's 35-lb weight helps to minimize vibrations, and the whole tripod can fold very compact for easier transport and storage.
6-68° altitude adjustment
Bi-directional azimuth control with ±8.5° adjustment range
Machined aluminum and stainless steel
Motorized German equatorial mount
60 lb payload capacity, excluding counterweights
100-lb total load capacity
Dual dovetail saddle accepts Vixen and the larger "D" Losmandy-style plates
Includes 21-lb counterweight and bar
Two integrated bubble levels
Laser etched latitude scale in 2° increments
Head weight: 33 lb
Motors and Gears
High-resolution 0.09°, 400 count
Micro stepping controller works at 12,800 steps per revolution