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ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Equatorial Mount Head

ZWO_AM5
€2,740.00
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This ZWO EQ/Alt-Azimuth mount head is designed specifically for amateur astrophotographers who are looking for a lightweight, high-quality mount that can hold their imaging setup securely and help them produce fantastic celestial images. ZWO has made sure that stability and portability are incorporated into the body of this AM5 mount head. Weighing only 11 lb. (5 kg), the AM% is able to hold up to 28.66 lb. (13 kg.) without a counterweight and 44 lb. (20 kg.) with a counterweight.

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ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Equatorial Mount Head

This ZWO EQ/Alt-Azimuth mount head is designed specifically for amateur astrophotographers who are looking for a lightweight, high-quality mount that can hold their imaging setup securely and help them produce fantastic celestial images. ZWO has made sure that stability and portability are incorporated into the body of this AM5 mount head. Weighing only 11 lb. (5 kg), the AM% is able to hold up to 28.66 lb. (13 kg.) without a counterweight and 44 lb. (20 kg.) with a counterweight.

About the Harmonic Drive Speed Reducer and Synchronous Belt

The incorporated Harmonic drive speed reducer and synchronous belt allow this mount head to have precision control. While a traditional equatorial mount requires counterweights for use, this ZWO mount's harmonic drive speed reducer and synchronous belt eliminate the need for counterweights, though they can be added if desired (an M12 thread interface is available for compatible, user-supplied counterweight shafts). Having this design allows for more accurate control and a reduction ratio of 300:1.

The design of this harmonic drive speed reducer is the result of ZWO working with well-known manufacturers, and it was developed with the needs of astrophotographers in mind. Just some of the amazing features of the ZWO AM5 mount that make it a must-have addition to astrophotography setups are the very low periodic errors, smooth gearing, and high torque. The guiding accuracy of this ZWO mount is 0.6 - 0.8 arc seconds.

Controlling Your Mount

When it comes to controlling the AM5 mount, astrophotographers can use the included hand controller or use the WiFi connection and wirelessly control the mount from a smartphone or tablet. Included is a rocker style hand controller. The size of the controller makes it easy to hold and use while the rocker style design allows the mount to be pushed in multiple directions. For the wireless control function, users can utilize the integrated WiFi network and use Tonight's Target, GoTo, Live Preview, and others to pair with the ZWO AM5 mount.

Use it as an Equatorial or Alt-Azimuth Mount

ZWO has designed the AM5 mount with the capability of switching between equatorial or alt-azimuth mount modes. You can switch the mode through the included hand controller or through the app on a smartphone or tablet. The body of the mount comes with a status light indicator that will indicate whether the mount is in an equatorial or alt-azimuth mode. The red light signals the AM5 is in EQ mode and the green light signals the mount is in Alt-azimuth mode. The equatorial mode is great for tracking and imaging celestial objects while the alt-azimuth mode works well for observations.

ZWO AM5 Mount Head Technical Features

  • Mount Type: Equatorial and Alt-Azimuth
  • Drive: Harmonic Drive + Synchronous belt (Reduction Ratio: 300:1)
  • Periodic Error: <±20"
  • PE Duration: 432 S
  • Drive (RA): Harmonic NEM42 Stepper Motor + Model No. 17 (Reduction ratio: 100:1) + Brake
  • Drive (Dec): Harmonic NEM35 Stepper Motor (Reduction ratio: 100:1) + Model No. 17
  • Stepper Motor Resolution: 0.17"
  • Max Slew Speed: 6°/S
  • Slew Rate: 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 20x, 60x, 720x, 1440x
  • Latitude Adjustment Range: 0° - 90°
  • Azimuth Angle Adjustment Range: ±10°
  • Power Port: DC5.5 - 2.1 (12V - 3A)
  • Power Consumption: 12V / 0.386A (Standby), 12V / 0.58A (Tracking), 12V / 1.5A (GoTo)
  • Power Failure Protection: Yes
  • Guide Port: ST4
  • Communication Interface: USB/WiFi
  • Zero Position: Mechanical
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C - 50°C
  • Dovetail: Losmandy & Vixen
  • Dovetail Weight: 1.1 lb. (500 g)
  • Thread for Counterweight Shaft Interface: M12
  • Mount Head Weight: 11.0231 lb. (5 kg)

Specifications

Model Number
ZWO-AM5
Mount Type
Dual Alt-Az/Equatorial
Type of Mount Electronics
Computerized - GoTo
Weight Capacity (lb.)
28.66 lb. w/out counterweight, 44.09 lb. w/ counterweight
Mount Includes Tripod or Pier?
No
Power Requirements
12V - 3A
Includes Manual Slow Motion Controls?
No
Mount Slew Speeds
6°/S
Motor Type
Harmonic Drive and Synchronous belt (Reduction Ratio: 300:1)
Mount Latitude Range (°)
0° - 90°
Drivers Available
ASCOM
Includes Integrated WiFi?
Yes
Included Accessory Ports
USB, ST4
Includes GPS?
No
Periodic Error Correction?
Yes
Saddle Type
Dual - Vixen or Losmandy
Hand Controller Included
Yes
Mount Weight (lb.)
11.0231 lb.

What's in the box

  • AM5 Mount Body
  • Handcontroller Cable
  • Rocker Hand Controller
Mount type
AZ GOTO
EQ GOTO
Goto
Mount Features
Goto

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ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Equatorial Mount Head

ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Equatorial Mount Head

This ZWO EQ/Alt-Azimuth mount head is designed specifically for amateur astrophotographers who are looking for a lightweight, high-quality mount that can hold their imaging setup securely and help them produce fantastic celestial images. ZWO has made sure that stability and portability are incorporated into the body of this AM5 mount head. Weighing only 11 lb. (5 kg), the AM% is able to hold up to 28.66 lb. (13 kg.) without a counterweight and 44 lb. (20 kg.) with a counterweight.

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