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Paramount MX+ PLUS Mount with StarBase CNC Tripod COMBO

Paramount MX+ PLUS Mount with StarBase CNC Tripod COMBO
Altair Starbase Paramount MX Field Tripod Pier Adapter Altair Starbase Paramount MX Field Tripod Pier Adapter
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This combo package includes a British-made StarBase field tripod with Paramount MX mount.

The StarBase CNC field tripod:

The UK made StarBase CNC machined tripod features an extremely rigid structure, a beautiful finish, and precision engineering only possible with CNC machined components and careful assembly. 

It's just what you need for rock-solid imaging with larger telescopes. The StarBase tripod can be used in the field, or observatory.

The StarBase tripod is not dedicated to one mount. It can be used with many other scopes either direct-fit, or with adapters, so it's a "keeper" for portable imaging or visual observing. That means you can upgrade your mount, and keep your StarBase tripod, which is in a league of it's own compared to mass-produced tripods sold with telescope mounts.

The Paramount MX heavy duty Equatorial mount:

Made by Software Bisque USA, with a head weight of 23kg, and a high 40kg (90lb) payload capacity. 

2x 9kg Counterweights are included so the mount can be used at it's maximum capacity out-of-the-box.

The mount fits onto a pier or tripod with a central M12 bolt protruding upwards into the mount base.

For smoother, easier rotation and polar alignment, a smooth surfaced CNC machined adapter plate is included, though the EQ8 will actually fit onto the StarBase tripod without an adapter.

Paramount MX key features:

The Paramount MX features make it ideal for the imager who requires a mount which can be PC-controlled in an observatory setting, or used in the field. 

The Paramount MX has head weight of 23kg, and a capacity (not including the counterweights) of 90 lb/41kg. It is therefore ideally suited to the ultra-rigid StarBase CNC Field tripod.

Brass worms and aluminum gears that have a maximum seven (7) arcsecond peak to peak periodic error before periodic error correction. Less than one (1) arcsecond peak to peak periodic error is possible after PEC is applied. Auto-guiding is also a highly recommended alternative for field use and long focal length telescopes.

Paramount MX control system features:

  • Integrated USB 2.0 computer to mount communication interface can be controlled via TheSkyX Pro on either Mac OS X and Windows (7/Vista/XP, 32- and 64-bit), out of the box.
  • Integrated two port USB 2.0 hub at the camera-end of the telescope, right where they're needed.
  • Mount's position is monitored 3333 times each second to ensure optimal tracking accuracy and smooth, consistent slews at all rates and all times.
  • Tracking and in progress slews are immediately stopped in the unfortunate event that the mount encounters a fixed object, such as the side of the pier.
  • The single board control system electronics requires the minimum number of components and has a small physical size.
  • Hand controller features an integrated mini joystick controller and configurable rate, five position switch that allows single-handed mount control, an integrated bright red LED flashlight, sturdy "hang anywhere" cable loop and 15-foot coiled cable.
  • Programmable periodic error correction with "seeing agnostic" periodic error curve fitting results in sub arcsecond periodic error.
  • AutoHome™ homing capability (to better than one arcsecond resolution) with built-in sensor circuitry on each axis ensure that the mount always knows its orientation (after an initialization process called "homing"), even after power failure.
Paramount MX Mount technical features: 
  • Built-in autoguider port on the Instrument Panel.
  • Built-in focuser port on the Instrument Panel.
  • One 12V and one 5V power port on the Instrument Panel.
  • A generic "power source" port on the Instrument Panel backed with 18-gauge wire to supply the power your observing equipment needs through the mount.
  • Simple to configurable software limits to ensure the mount does not encounter the pier.
  • Brushless DC servo motors. Brushless DC servo motors are designed so that all moving parts are on bearing surfaces. If your mount is used for survey astronomy all night, every clear night, no other type of motor is sufficient. Lesser mounts use motors with "brushes" that don't have nearly the life expectancy of brushless DC servomotors and are not designed to be operated for long periods at the (relatively slow) sidereal rate.
  • DC servomotors provide fast slew speeds and consistent torque at all slew rates. The maximum slew and tracking rates are 3.5 degrees per second in the right ascension axis (note that periodic error correction is not possible at high tracking rates) and 5 degrees per second in the declination axis. The gear-reducer and worm-block design of the Paramount MX are extremely efficient so that little power is lost between the motor and the telescope drive. Though good balance is always recommended, the Paramount MX has no problem slewing or tracking when several foot-pounds out of balance. You'll spend less time fiddling with the telescope and more time acquiring data.
  • Park position can be set and recorded, ideal for observatories.
  • Audible feedback that indicates normal operation and error conditions.
  • Slew and tracking rates can be configured with 56-bit precision. What does this mean? The right ascension and declination motors can be run from 0 to 4000 rpm and virtually anywhere in between, providing precise tracking, rapid slewing. This gives you the ability to track on comets, asteroids and even fast- or slow-moving objects such as LEO satellites or any object that moves above or below the sidereal rate.
  • Belt-driven worm gears give very small backlash of typically less than two arc seconds in both axes. Auto guiding calibration is therefore very quick. 
  • Temperature compensated internal oscillator with better than 10 parts per million that ensures accurate tracking rates over a wide temperature range. Built-in temperature sensor that allows the slew rate to be automatically reduced when the temperature drops.
  • Soft "reboot" capability. This means that the control system can be restarted through software and does not have to be manually turned off, then on.
  • Simple firmware upgrades using TheSkyX Professional Edition.
  • Both the right ascension and declination axes have a simple three position mechanical "switch" to engage the worm during normal operation, disengage the worm from the gear when balancing the payload, or lock the axis during transit
  • The right ascension axis can track past the meridian for up to 2 hours before a meridian flip is required.
  • All internal harnesses (cables) and motors are encapsulated inside the body of the mount, just like the Paramount ME.
  • Through-the-mount access holes allow you to add your own internal cables.
  • Calibrated polar alignment adjustments.
  • 7.5-inch right ascension and declination gears (375 teeth).
  • 6-inch contact ball bearings in both right ascension and declination.
  • Periodic error correction curve fitting included with TheSkyX Professional Edition (required).
  • 45 arc minute bubble level included.
  • A Paramount MX-style Versa-Plate for attaching optical tube assemblies is included.
  • Power supply included. Paramount MX power supply specifications: Max Power Output: 80W, Input: 100-240VAC ~47-63 Hz 1.9A, Output: 48V 1.66A max.
  • Two (2) 20 lb (9kg) counterweights included. Note that the Paramount MX and Paramount ME counterweights are identical.
  • 16-in. (41 cm) counterweight shaft included.
  • PC Software included:
  • TheSkyX Professional Edition included.
  • TPoint Add On to TheSkyX Professional Edition included.
  • Camera Add On to TheSkyX Professional Edition included.
  • TheStandard Paramount MX wedge can be adjusted to reach latitudes from ten (10) degrees to slightly higher than sixty-five (65) degrees. A Paramount ME-like Latitude Adjustment Wedge will be available for latitudes outside this region.
  • Azimuth axis polar axis adjustment range is plus or minus seven (7) degrees from center position.
  • Altitude and azimuth polar alignment knobs are calibrated, so that making adjustments using the TPoint Polar Alignment Report simple and accurate.
What's included? This combo includes the StarBase tripod, PMX adapter plate and Paramount MX mount as a starting-point. The optical tube shown is an Altair Astro RC300-TT V2 12" Ritchey Chretien for illustration purposes. This is a recommended setup for our large RC scopes.

Need a complete solution? We can offer a complete imaging system, including optical tube, CCD camera, guiding system to suit your OTA, mounting hardware, filter wheels and other accessories. We are here to help you get to the next stage in imaging and can work within your budget for a competitive quote.
Warranty support and compatibility? We develop a close working relationship with various manufacturers which is built up with over many years. As part of our service to you, we only recommend brands with the best warranty support we experience first-hand, and we tell it like it is.
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