10Micron GM1000 HPS German Equatorial Mount

Product code: 1451000
£7,625.00
<20 arc sec pointing accuracy and <1 arc sec tracking accuracy (0.6" RMS) for long exposure unguided imaging
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10Micron GM1000 HPS German Equatorial Mount
The 10Micron GM1000 HPS German equatorial mount is the smallest and lightest of 10Micron’s equatorial mount range, making it an ideal portable, but sturdy solution for those wanting the best portable mount for astronomy and imaging.

The GM1000HPS mount is built for the demanding observer using photographic instruments up to a weight of 25kg – 55 lbs (counterweights not included). Movements are driven by two servo brushless motors, with timing belt reduction having zero backlash. Both axes feature a classic worm – wormwheel pairing. The wormwheels are made of bronze (B14), with a diameter of 125mm and 250 teeth, while the worms are built of alloy steel with a diameter of 20mm. The axes themselves are made of 30mm diameter alloy steel, for the maximum rigidity. The double dovetail mounting plate guarantees the maximum compatibility with many telescope manufacturers.

The electronics is housed in an independent control box, easily removable. The connections of motors, encoders and hand pad feature security lock screws. The mount can be controlled using the included hand pad, without connecting an external PC. The keypad is built in order to maintain the maximum readability in all lighting conditions. Both the display and the ergonomic keys, allowing for the use of gloves, feature a red backlight. An heater keeps the display warm for usage below freezing temperatures.

The mount can be controlled using the most common software packages by connecting it to a PC with the RS-232 serial port or the Ethernet connection, via the proprietary 10Micron ASCOM driver or the Meade compatible command protocol. Furthermore, a dedicated software (also included with the mount) can be used to create a “virtual hand pad” replicating exactly the functions of the physical hand pad. The RS-232 port can also be used to control an external dome. This flexibility makes the GM1000HPS an ideal mount for observatories and remotized observing sites. The object database contains many star catalogs and deep-sky objects up to the 16th magnitude. Solar system objects can be tracked so that their motion is compensated with respect to the stars. You may load orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites into the mount, so that these objects can be tracked directly using the hand pad (without any external PC).

Pointing is made accurate through the usage of a model containing up to 100 stars, which allows for the correction of the classical polar alignment and conic errors, and also of the most important flexure terms of the optical tube. In this way it is possible to obtain pointing accuracies of the order of 20 arcseconds RMS. The same model can be used in order to obtain the maximum tracking accuracy, compensating also for the atmospheric refraction (depending on the local atmospheric pressure and temperature). A series of auxiliary functions is provided to help the user for quick aligning the mount to the celestial pole. You may save and recover the alignment data of different observing sessions. This function is very useful if you have many instruments in different setups, each one requiring different flexure corrections.

Tracking through the meridian, a typical problem with german mounts, is solved allowing for tracking for up to 30° past the meridian (configurable), in both directions. In this way any object can be tracked for at least four hours.
The tracking accuracy makes autoguiding not necessary for many uses. The absolute encoders on both axes allows to obtain a typical tracking error below 1 arcsecond. It is possible to autoguide anyway, using the ST4-compatible port or through the serial/Ethernet connection, with a guide rate configurable from 0.1x to 1x. The guide rate can be automatically corrected for the declination of the target, so that there is no need of recalibrating the autoguide when observing at different declinations.

Designed for field use, the GM1000HPS is easily transportable. The main body of the mount, without the counterweight shaft, has a weight of only 19.5 kg – 43 lbs.

Other functions of the mount are designed in order to obtain the maximum flexibility in the most usage conditions. The mount can be switched on and off using the dedicated connector on the control box panel. You can use the electronic balance functions in order to balance your instrument without unlocking the clutches. The mount can be parked in different user-defined positions. An external dome can be controlled directly using the RS-232 serial port, avoiding the need of using a dedicated external PC. Once configured with your instrument parameters, the firmware is able to make all the calculations required for positioning the dome slit in front of your optical tube, for almost all instrument configurations.

Tracking through the meridian, a typical problem with german mounts, is solved allowing for tracking for up to 30 past the meridian (configurable), in both directions. In this way any object can be tracked for at least four hours.

The tracking accuracy makes autoguiding not necessary for many uses. The absolute encoders on both axes allows to obtain a typical tracking error below 1 arcsecond.

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It is possible to autoguide anyway, using the ST4-compatible port or through the serial/Ethernet connection, with a guide rate configurable from 0.Ix to Ix. The guide rate can be automatically corrected for the declination of the target, so that there is no need of recalibrating the autoguide when observing at different declinations. Designed for field use, the GMIOOOHPS is easily transportable. The main body of the mount, without the counterweight shaft, has a weight of only 19.5 kg – 43 Ibs. Other functions of the mount are designed in order to obtain the maximum flexibility In the most usage conditions.

The mount can be switched on and off using the dedicated connector on the control box panel. You can use the electronic balance functions in order to balance your instrument without unlocking the clutches.

The mount can be parked in different user-defined positions. An external dome can be controlled directly using the RS-232 serial port, avoiding the need of using a dedicated external PC. Once configured with your instrument parameters, the firmware is able to make all  the calculations required for positioning the dome slit in front of your optical tube, for almost all instrument configurations.

Specifications

Type German Equatorial Mount
Weight (mount) 19.5 kg – 43 lbs without accessories
Instrument payload capacity ~ 25 kg – 55 lbs
Latitude range 0° – 82° (90° optional)
Azimuth fine adjustment range +/− 7.5°
Counterweight shaft 30 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 1.7 kg – 3.7 lbs
Axes 30 mm diameter, alloy steel
Bearings Pre-loaded tapered roller bearings
Roller thrust bearings
Worm wheels 250 teeth, 125 mm diameter, B14 bronze
Worms diameter 20mm, alloy steel, grinded and lapped
Transmission system Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recovery
Motors 2 axes servo brushless
Power supply 24 V DC
Power consumption ~ 0,5 A while tracking
~ 3 A at maximum speed
~ 4 A peak
Go-to speed Adjustable from 2°/s to 15°/s
Pointing accuracy < 20” with internal multiple-stars software mapping
Average tracking accuracy < +/− 1" typical for 15 minutes (< 0.7" RMS)
with multiple-stars software mapping and compensation of flexure 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 protocol port; Ethernet port
Database Stars: by name, 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, fast slewing positions.
Firmware features User defined mount parking position, 2‑stars and 3‑stars 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 balance adjustment, manual 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 or Ethernet; proprietary ASCOM driver or Meade compatible protocol; update of firmware and orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites via RS-232 or Ethernet; virtual control panel via RS-232 or Ethernet. Wi-Fi included to control the mount via Tablet, Smartphone etc.

​​​​​​​Standard Package Contents.
  • GM 1000 HPS Mount head with built-in precision absolute axis-encoders and WiFi option included
  • Dual Losmandy-Vixen style dovetail clamp
  • Control box with onboard-intelligence Linux-processor, stand alone system V. 2 HPS version firmware
  • 4-line key pad unit with graphic display and temperature control (#1452059)
  • Pier adapter for tripod / column (#1451090)
  • Base flange adaptor (#1451092)
  • Counterweight bar with counterweight end stop
  • Allen key set
  • Power and connection cables
  • USB stick with software and manual
  • Strong transport cardboard carton-box with shaped foam (#1451066)

Please note: Counterweights, tripod, power supply are not supplied as standard with this package. They are available separately, or as part of the Economy (#1451025) or Professional accessory upgrade (#1451026) kits which also include additional items.

Optional Upgrade Packages - Can be added using the drop down menu next to the add to cart button



1451026 Upgrade-Package "Professional" for GM 1000 HPS consisting of the following accessories:
• 1452072/1452073 Counterweight set of 3kg and 6kg, stainless steel
• ARIES Aluminium Tripod (complete with upholstered Cordura transport-bag) • 1451050 Mounting for Laserpointer (laser not included)
• 1451062 Hardcase-Set from TTX01® (2 pcs),
total protection against water, dust, chemicals, impact & drop • 1451070 Power-Supply outdoor type 230V / 24V- 4A - 90W • 1455010 PERSEUS Software Package
- £2995

 

1451025​​​​​​​ Upgrade-Package "Economy" for GM 1000 HPSconsisting of the following accessories:

• 1452072/1452073 Counterweight set of 3kg and 6kg, stainless steel • 2451010 Black Baader Aluminium T-Pod 110mm
• 1451050 Mounting for Laserpointer (laser not included)
• 1451062 Hardcase-Set from TTX01® (2 pcs),

total protection against water, dust, chemicals, impact & drop• 1451070 Power-Supply outdoor type 230V / 24V- 4A - 90W
• 1455010 PERSEUS Software Package
​​​​​​​£1700

Typical leadtime is approximately 2-7 days, please contact us to check

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MPN 1451000
Product Code 1451000
Brand 10Micron
Condition New