Planewave - L-550 Direct Drive Mount

SKU
PLA-600552
$30,000.00
Availability : In Stock
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The Planewave L-550 is the ideal mount for your CDK20 and CDK24 and anything heavy and hefty up to 275 pounds.

Direct drive motors on axis provide smooth, fast and nearly silent operation and result in zero backlash and zero periodic error. 

Slew speeds of up to 50 degrees per second to track satellites and other fast moving targets. 

High resolution encoders on each axis provide precise position and feedback to counteract gusts of wind. 

Through mount cabling and enclosed electronics with easy to access panels. 

PointXP mount modeling software included. 

2 year warranty. 

If you choose to place an order for this item, you will be contacted for crating and shipping fee information and options.  To receive a quote contact us at [email protected]

Planewave Instruments L 550 Mount

The Planewave L550 Mount is characterized by a robust load capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), demonstrating its strength and versatility to support substantial telescopic equipment. Its direct-drive motors on each axis ensure a seamless, rapid, and nearly silent movement of the telescope, delivering a superior observational experience.

With impressive slew speeds of up to 50 degrees per second, the L550 enables swift and efficient navigation across the celestial landscape. High-resolution encoders on each axis contribute to precise positioning, allowing astronomers to accurately track and observe celestial objects.

The L550 excels in providing a smooth and precise user experience with zero backlash, eliminating any play or slack in movement, and zero periodic error, ensuring consistent and accurate tracking over extended periods. The PointXP mount modeling software further enhances performance by optimizing the mount's capabilities.

The mount's electronics are enclosed, providing protection against environmental factors and ensuring long-term durability. Through-the-mount cabling simplifies setup, enhancing the mount's aesthetics while reducing the risk of cable entanglement.

Versatility is a key feature of the Planewave L550 Mount, as it accommodates both Alt/Az and equatorial installation orientations. This flexibility makes the L550 an ideal choice for astronomers engaged in various observation and imaging applications, delivering reliable and high-performance capabilities for exploring the vast wonders of the universe.

Planewave L550 Mount Features

  • Load capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • 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
  • PointXP mount modeling software
  • Enclosed electronics
  • Through the mount cabling
  • Alt/Az, or equatorial installation orientation

Direct Drive Motors, Encoders & Slew Speed

Direct drive motors and on axes encoders eliminate the need for gears. Backlash and periodic error are thereby eliminated as well. With high resolution encoders providing feedback for the drive motors the mount system will track without periodic error or backlash. The L-550 also has the ability to counteract wind gusts with precise servo feedback.  

Capable of moving at speeds up to 50° per second, the L 550 mount can easily track fast moving objects like satellites and target acquisition times are greatly minimized.

Dual Mounting Bracket & AZ Dovetail Balance System

Designed to hold a telescope on either side of the fork arm, the L 550 mount can utilize an additional optional dovetail clamp to dual carry optical systems.  A specially designed adjustable base plate provides azimuth balance whether in AZ for EQ modes. 

Shipping Information

The L550  is an oversize and heavy crated shipment that does require air, ship or truck freight delivery. At this time our website is not able to calculate shipping rates for freight. You will be contacted to discuss shipping options and crating fees for your order. If you are curious for a quote at any time prior to placing an order, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Warranty

Planewave warrantees against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year for optical coatings and two-year for mechanics and electronics. 

More Information
Brand PlaneWave Instruments
Free Shipping Does Not Qualify for Free Shipping
GPS No
Mount Motor Drive Direct Drive
Case Included No
Warranty 1 year
Mount Load Capacity 300 pounds
Included Software PWI4 PointXP mount modeling
Slew Speeds 20 degrees per second standard, 50 degrees per second maximum
Includes Autoguide Port Yes
Periodic Error Correction No
In The Box
  • L550 Mount
  • 6 1/2-13x1 1/4" socket head cap screws to bolt the mount to the pier or wedge
  • 6 1/2-13 washers
  • 1 extended length shoulder bolt for RA axis to EQ wedge alignment
  • 16 ft. USB cable
  • 120VAC power cable
  • Flashdrive containing software and instructions
  • 3/8 socket for RA balance leadscrew
  • Gamepad for mount control during visual use
  • L550 Mount
  • 6 1/2-13x1 1/4" socket head cap screws to bolt the mount to the pier or wedge
  • 6 1/2-13 washers
  • 1 extended length shoulder bolt for RA axis to EQ wedge alignment
  • 16 ft. USB cable
  • 120VAC power cable
  • Flashdrive containing software and instructions
  • 3/8 socket for RA balance leadscrew
  • Gamepad for mount control during visual use
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