PlaneWave L-Series Direct Drive Mount (varoius versions available)

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PlaneWave L-Series Direct Drive Mount (varoius versions available)

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€ 13,350.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 11,218.49

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  • new Alt-Az L-Serie Direct Drive Mounts by  PlaneWave for CDK17/20, CDK14/12,5 or CDK24
    • L-350 can hold payload of over 100 lbs, for CDK14 and CDK12,5
    • L-500 can hold payload of over 200 lbs, for CDK17 and CDK 20
    • L-600 can hold up to 300 lbs, for CDK24
  • Zero Backlash, Zero Periodic Error
  • with integrated high resolution encoders
  • incredible slew speed up to 50 degrees per second

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€ 13,350.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 11,218.49

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What is the delivery time for L - 500?
Question by: Mugurel Balan on Oct 19, 2017 10:25:00 AM | 1 Answer(s)
Is this mount L350 OK for 60 minute exposure astrophotography?
Is guide scope tracking suitable for this mount and what about de-rotation?
Thank you

Question by: Malcolm on Mar 15, 2018 12:09:00 PM | 1 Answer(s)


L-Series Direct Drive Mounts

Planewave L-500 Direct Drice Mount

Alt-Az / Equatorial Direct Drive Mount

The L-Series combines versatility, simplicity and affordability by combining all the technology of our Observatory class telescopes into a compact stand-alone mount.

  • L-350 is designed for the CDK14 and CDK 12,5 can hold payload of over 100 lbs.
  • L-500 is designed for the CDK17 and CDK20 and can hold payload of over 200 lbs.
  • L-600 is ideal for the CDK24 and can hold up to 300 lbs.

The mount is equipped with direct drives motors as well as high-resolution encorders. The software is ASCOM compatible and the direct drive motors can move the telescope at incredible speeds for tracking satellites.

In its Alt/Az configuration it is considerably more compact than its equatorial counterpart, allowing a larger telescope to fit in a smaller enclosure. The mass it takes to make a rigid alt/az mount is substantially less, leading to cost savings. Unlike German Equatorial mounts, there are no meridian flips to deal with, and no  large protruding counterweights to create a dangerous hazard in a public observatory. Alt/Az is more intuitive to use and no polar alignment is needed.

L-Series Features:

L-500 Direct Drive Mount
Planewave L-Series Direct Drive Mount wire cabeling
  • Direct-drive motors on each axis for smooth, fast, and virtually silent movement of the telescope
  • Slew speeds up to 50 degrees per second
  • High resolution encoders on each axis for precise positioning
  • Zero backlash, Zero periodic error
  • Latitude Range:  0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • Enclosed electronics
  • Through the mount cabling: Access panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount.
  • Dual mounting bracket: PlaneWave style mounting bracket to hold CDK17/20 onto inside of fork arm with additional option of mounting a scope on the outside of the fork arm. Optional dovetail clamp required.
  • Azimuth dovetail balance system: For precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration
 Control System
  • User Interface: PlaneWave Interface 4 (PWI4) Control Software with integrated PointXP mount modeling software
  • Slew Rate: 20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
  • Home position sensors are included allowing the mount can find its home position on power up.
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