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Explore Scientific Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount with PMC-Eight Motor System and Tripod

Explore Scientific Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount with PMC-Eight Motor System and Tripod

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Explore Scientific Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount with PMC-Eight Motor System and Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized Equatorial Mount
  • 100 lb Equipment Payload Capacity
  • Precision Dual-Axis Micro-Stepper Motor
  • ExploreStars GoTo App for Windows
  • 70,000+ Object Database
  • Declination-Axis Backlash Compensation
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction
  • Multiple Alignment Processes
  • Dual Losmandy/Vixen Dovetail Saddle
  • Anodized Aluminum Semi-Pier Tripod
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  • 1Description

Explore Scientific took the venerable Losmandy mount and modified it to their own specifications to produce their version of the Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount to provide users with a powerful platform built to support and move larger optical tube assemblies easily and smoothly. Modifications include the use of the PMC-Eight motor drive system, upgraded micro-stepper motors with encoders, installing a belt drive between the motor and drive shafts, and replacing the wired control system with a wireless antenna for remote use from tablets and smartphones running Windows mobile operating systems. These modifications improve tracking precision while reducing system vibration, and provide users with a wireless open-source control system that can be customized to their specific needs and shared with Explore Scientific community.

The Titan lives up to its name with an instrument payload capacity of 100 lbs, with the capability to comfortably carry the two included 21 lb counterweights. All hardware is made of stainless steel to handle the weight as well as resist wear over years of use, while a split-design dovetail saddle accepts the larger Losmandy D-style plates. Its dual axis DC stepper motor is reversible for use in the Northern and Southern hemispheres and is powered by the included 12VDC car/vehicle power adapter. Supporting the head and OTA is an aluminum tripod with an adjustable height from 33-48" to accommodate a wide variety of users, while its semi-pier design adds stability vibration-resistance versus conventional tripods. The semi-pier also allows the legs to be removed for easier transport and storage.

The brains of this Titan system is Explore Scientific's ExploreStars app for smartphones and tablets running Windows mobile OS that connects to the mount via its integrated WiFi antenna. If the mount is located near a WiFi network that is connect to the Internet, it can be controlled from a remote location. The app has a 70,000+ object database with an intuitive user interface controlled with the device's touchscreen, and an Ethernet 10/100 port. It features Periodic Error Correction and backlash correction to provide accurate, precise, and smooth tracking over long periods of time. Multiple guide, slew, and tracking rates allows it to be easily aligned, manually controlled, and to accurately track near and deep-sky objects. A non-volatile memory and Real-Time clock preserves settings, including the backlash correction and PEC, when the system is turned off and power disconnected.

Mount
  • Machined aluminum and stainless steel
  • Scratch-resistant and reflection-limiting black anodized finish
  • All stainless steel hardware resists wear
  • 100 lb payload capacity, excluding included couterweights
  • Head disassembles into two parts for easier handling, transport, and storage
  • Altitude adjustment range: 12-70° with locking tangent arm
  • Laser engraved latitude scale in 2° increments
  • Single bi-directional knob azimuth control, ±10° increments
  • Full 360° rotation in both R.A. and DEC axes
  • Dual bubble levels for accurate set up
  • Dovetail saddle accepts large Losmandy D-series plates
  • Removable 1.25" diameter stainless steel counterweight shaft with two 21 lb counterweights
  • Head weight: 75 lbs
  • 12 VDC, 500mA power requirement
Electronics, Motors, and Gears
    Electronics:
  • Integrated WiFi antenna enables direct connection to smartphones, tablets, and networks for remote system control
  • PMC-Eight motor control system
  • Scalable 8-CPU multi-processor system allows control of multiple systems from single user interface
  • Non-volatile memory bank retains PEC and backlash settings as well as accurate time keeping when mount is turned off
  • Fully compatible with any computer platform using an ASCOM compliant software package
  • Serial and standard ST4 auto-guiding ports
    Motors:
  • High-resolution 0.9°, 400-count stepper motors
  • Micro stepping controller enables the motor to work at 12,800 steps per revolution
  • Belt-drive system reduces backlash and vibration for smoother and more accurate tracking, especially with heavy loads
  • Tracking accuracy: ±5 arc sec
  • Reversible for use in Northern and Southern hemispheres
    Gears:
  • All stainless steel hardware
  • Shafts: 1.968" diameter stainless steel tubing, 0.25" wall thickness
  • Worm gears: 7075 aluminum, 6.75" diameter/270 tooth, 3.1" diameter sealed ball-bearings
  • Worm wheels: heat treated and ground stainless steel
  • Single piece worm housing construction, double ended, ball bearing supported with adjustable pre-load
  • 5.062" diameter needle thrust bearings
  • 3.5" diameter sealed ball bearings
  • Variable 6" diameter slip clutches on both axes
ExploreStars
  • App available for Windows tablets and smartphones
  • 70,000+ object database including 2,000+ stars, with a downloadable catalog of 68,000+ additional stars
  • Native catalogs include: Bayer, Flamstead, SAO, HD/Harvard, DM, BD/CD/CPD, GSC, and RNGC/IC
  • Open source code with available developer kit allows for customization and sharing
  • Four-button interface for guiding, centering, moving, and slewing using device touchscreen
  • Selectable and user-defined GoTo, Slewing, Centering, and Guiding rates
  • 1-star, 2-star, and 3-star alignment processes
  • Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, and user defined tracking rates
  • Additional functions: Synchronize, Search, Coordinate input
  • Custom mount support using user-defined stepper count scaling
Tripod
  • Lightweight and durable machined aluminum alloy
  • Scratch-resistant and reflection limiting black anodized finish
  • Semi-Pier tripod design increases payload capacity and stability with reduced vibrations from external forces
  • Adjustable height from 33" to 48"
  • Removable leg design for easy transporting
  • Weight 35 lbs
In the Box
Explore Scientific Losmandy Titan EQ GoTo Mount with PMC-Eight Motor System and Tripod
  • PMC-Eight GoTo System
  • 12 VDC Power Supply
  • Adjustable Aluminum Tripod
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 2 x 21-lb Counterweight for GM-8, G-9, G-11 and Titan Mounts
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Mount Type Motorized German equatorial
    Load Capacity 100.0 lb / 45.4 kg
    Motor Dual-axis micro stepper motors with belt-drive system
    Counterweight 2 x 21 lb / 9.5 kg
    Mount Losmandy D-series split saddle
    8.0 x 6.0 x 1.0" / 20.3 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
    GO-TO Capability Integrated WiFi antenna with ASCOM-compliant driver
    Use ExploreStars app for Windows mobile OS
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment Altitude: 12 - 70°
    Latitude: 2° incremental scale
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Available separately
    Includes Tripod/Pier Black anodized aluminum tripod
    Adjustable height from 33.0 - 48.0" / 83.8 - 121.9 cm
    Power Source 12 VDC, 500 mA power supply
    Weight Head: 75.0 lb / 34.0 kg
    Tripod: 35.0 lb / 15.9 kg

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