Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod

Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod

Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod

B&H # EXESG11PMC80 MFR # ES-G11PMC8-00
Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod

Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized Computer-Controlled EQ Mount
  • Precision Dual-Axis Stepper Motor
  • ExploreStars Windows PC/Mobile App
  • Wireless Ethernet 10/100 Control Box
  • Open Source for Extreme Customization
  • 70,000+ Object Database
  • Multiple Alignment Modes and Slew Speeds
  • Dual Losmandy/Vixen Dovetail Saddle
  • 3" Heavy-Duty Aluminum Adjustable Tripod
  • 60 lb Payload Capacity
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Explore Scientific ES-G11PMC8-00 overview

  • 1Description

Explore Scientific partnered with iconic designer Scott Losmandy to offer you their first GoTo mount: The PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod. The basis of the system is Losmandy'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 gives you a nearly infinite capacity to customize and share your own versions and modifications, which allows you 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 of 33-48". It's 35 lb weight helps to minimize vibrations, and the whole tripod can fold to a compact size 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
  • 5.625" diameter; 7075 aluminum 360-tooth worm gear
  • One 3.75"-diameter needle thrust bearing
  • One 2.0"-diameter needle thrust bearing
  • Variable slip clutch on both axes
  • Runs on included 110 VAC power adapter
GoTo Capabilities
  • 70,000+ object database
  • Four onscreen buttons for guiding, centering, moving, and slewing
  • Selectable and user-defined GoTo, Slewing, Centering, and Guiding rate
  • Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, and user-defined tracking rates
  • One-star, two-star, and three-star alignment functions
  • Synchronize and Search functions
  • Coordinate input
  • Custom mount support using user-defined stepper count scaling
  • Polar axis correction
  • Wireless Ethernet 10/100 control box enables wireless connectivity with devices
  • Mount controlled from a Windows app for PC, tablet, or phone
  • Permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or app over the web or serial port
  • Works in Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • ExploreStars open-source software
    • Anyone can modify our software or create their own software through the Software Developers Kit
    • Create a Messier challenge
    • Create a selectable list of objects and program that information into the software
    • Share customized software with the community of astronomers who are using it
  • Anodized aluminum 3"-diameter adjustable legs
  • 60 lb payload capacity
  • Minimum height: 33"
  • Maximum height: 48"
  • Compact foldable design for easier transport and storage
  • Weight: 35 lb
UPC: 812257016792
In the Box
Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System with Losmandy G-11 Mount and Tripod
  • Equatorial Head
  • 21 lb Counterweight
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • Adjustable Height Tripod
  • 110VAC Power Adapter
  • GoTo Interface with WiFi Antenae
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration
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    Explore Scientific ES-G11PMC8-00 specs

    Mount Type German equatorial
    Load Capacity Equipment: 60.0 lb / 27.2 kg
    Total: 100.0 lb / 45.4 kg
    Motor High-resolution .09° micro stepping controller
    12,800 steps per revolution
    GO-TO Capability ExploreStars app, Windows only
    Altitude / Azimuth Adjustment Altitude: 6 - 68°
    Azimuth: ±8.5°
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Includes Tripod/Pier Yes
    Adjustable-height from 33.0 - 48.0" / 83.8 - 121.9 cm
    Weight: 35.0 lb / 15.9 kg
    Mounting Losmandy D-style
    Power Source Power adapter
    Input: 120-200 VAC
    Output: 12 VDC
    Weight Head: 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg

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