10 micron GM HPS 2000 Monolith mount
HPS stands for High Precision and Speed and the mount is an advancement of the known GM 2000 QCI of 10Micron with the same proven mechanics, however, less load-carrying capacity than this - and with it highly transportable.
The GM 2000 HPS reaches a Satellite tracking and positioning speed from 20 degrees / sec. with an average positioning accuracy <20" and a tracking accuracy of approx. 1"/15min (peak to peak) .
The GM 2000 HPS disposes, in addition, of high-precision Absolute-Encoders on both axes which opens absolutely new possibilities. The mount never loses its orientation, even if one axis is shifted by hand. Also after a power failure no new Alignment is necessary. In the mobile company the mount is quicker and easier to install and to align than any conventional equatorial mount
Mount type German Equatorial Mount
Weight ~ 29 kg – 64 lbs (mount w/o acc.)
Instrument payload capacity 50 kg – 110 lbs
Latitude range 20° – 70°
Azimuth fine adjustment range +/− 10°
Counterweight shaft 40 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 4 kg – 9 lbs
Axes 50 mm diameter, alloy steel
Bearings Pre-loaded tapered roller bearings
Worm wheels 215 teeth, 172 mm diameter, B14 bronze
Worms 24mm diameter, tempered alloy steel, grinded and lapped
Motors 2 axes AC servo brushless
Power supply 24 V DC
Power consumption ~ 0,7 A while tracking ~ 3 A at maximum speed ~ 5 A peak
Goto speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 20°/s
Transmission system Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recovery
Pointing accuracy < 20" with internal 25-stars software mapping - max.100stars; possibility to use the Model Maker software for automated alignment operation.
Average tracking accuracy ~ 1" typical for 15 minutes ~ 0,6" RMS with internal 25-stars software mapping and compensation of system flexures and polar alignment errors
Security stop +/− 30° past meridian in r.a. (software) +/− 45° past meridian in r.a. (mechanical)
Communication ports RS–232 port; GPS port; autoguide ST-4 standard port; Ethernet 10/100 port
Database Stars: by Common Names, 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. Quick slewing positions recalls for frequent focusing or useful operation.
Firmware features User defined mount parking positions, 2stars and 3stars 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 electronic balance adjustment, manual, automatic 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, Ethernet; proprietary 10Micron ASCOM driver, LX200 compatible protocol; update of firmware and orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites via RS-232 or Ethernet; PC virtual KeyPad control panel via RS-232 or Ethernet. Optional: Integrated Wi-Fi module for connection with SmartPhones, Ipads and Tablets.