The mounts by ALT are solid "workhorses", some of them are in use on observatories for decades.
To modernise them - and to see if it is possible - we asked AVALON Instruments to adapt their up-to-date StarGo control to an ALT-7. The first results are promising.
The Avalon control system is now working fine with the ALT mechanics, and the telescope can move much faster than before. But it wasn't easy: The stepper motors had to be replaced, the housing had to be modified and a gear box had to be designed to transmit the necessary force.
So far and in the lab, everything works fine.
We still have to make the final tests under the stars! We will let you know when there are news.
Full video showing a 180 ° slewing of the mount with the Avalon StarGo:
The StarGo GoTo system with all cables, software, keypad, mount interface etc. is shipped with all up-to-date Avalon mounts. It can also be purchased seperately to Upgrade mounts with the classic SynScan GoTo system. It is available either for WiFi or Bluetooth connection.
You can find mor information about the AVALON StarGo System here