Computer Control Systems
The MI-500, MI-750, and MI-1000 mounts are supplied with the Servo II computer control from Sidereal Technology. Using high-quality DC servomotors, this microprocessor-controlled drive system provides smooth tracking to an accuracy of 0.08 arc seconds per step with full "Go To" capability.
An external computer is not needed, since the hand paddle provides basic control of the telescope. The Servo II control is ASCOM capatible, so you can use with many popular astronomy programs to control your telescope. You can position the telescope, center an image and control the tracking rate, and then park the telescope at the end of the night.
This Servo II control requires a 12-28 volt power supply with a minimum output of 5 amps.
As an option, we offer the AstroPhysics GTO3 computer contro for our M-500 and MI-750 mounts.. Using Swiss DC servo motors, this drive system provides smooth tracking to an accuracy of 0.10 arcseconds per encoder count. The GTO3 has a speed range of 4800:1, which provides 0.25x sidereal rate for guiding to 1200x sidereal rate for slewing.
The keypad is a handheld computer with the features and functions to control a telescope. The GTO3 control can be used with a laptop or desktop computer in conjunction with planetarium software. You can position the telescope, center an image and control the tracking rate, set the reticule brightness, and then park the telescope at the end of the night. This GTO control requires a regulated 12-18 volt power supply with a minimum output of 4 amps.
Bisque Telescope Control System (TCS)
As an option, we offer the Bisque TCS for those needing to operate their telescope remotely. This is a sophisticated control system that includes a complete software suite, including TheSky and its remote control scripting program. This is the same control system used with the Paramount ME, well known for its precision and portability. It includes periodic error correction, 56 bit internal precision, and many other advanced features.
TheSky TCS is designed to be used with an external computer and it has unmatched remote control capabilities right out of the box. TheSky is a well known planetarium program with many telescope control features.
We have adapted the TCS servo motors to each of our mounts with special 12:1 reduction brackets using timing belts and spur gears. This conrol can be purchased as an option with the MI-500, MI-750, or MI-1000 mounts.