The Italian manufacturer 10Micron is expanding its range of high-precision mounts to include azimuthal models. Initially based on the GM2000 HPS and the GM4000 HPS the AZ 2000 HPS and the AZ 4000 HPS will be presented at the ATT in Essen.
In the standard configuration, these mounts are designed for one telescope and require counterweights; with the DT (double telescope) option, the mounts can also be operated with two telescopes. The two sides do not have to be perfectly balanced:
- AZ 2000 carries a payload of 50 + 35 kg,
- AZ 4000 HPS 100 + 150 kg!
Thanks to the azimuthal configuration, compact observatory buildings can be used more efficiently and, above all, the tiresome meridian flip is eliminated. This allows objects to be observed all night long. The mounts provide a stable basis for scientific applications such as satellite tracking, photo- and astrometry, lidar laser applications and much more. With an image field rotator, "classic" astrophotography with the usual 10 micron precision is also possible.
The double telescope option can be retrofitted to the AZ 2000 and AZ 4000 at any time, and two telescopes can even be mounted on each side of the AZ 4000.
The standard version allows to assembly the optics to only a side of the mount and is supplied with a short counterweight bar.
You can find all furhter information about the AZ Mounts and the DT Upgrade Kits on our 10micron product page: