Planewave - L-600 Direct Drive Mount

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PLA-600551
Special Price $33,250.00 Regular Price $35,000.00
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The PlaneWave Instruments L-600 mount is available in either AZ or EQ configuration.  Please specify at time of purchase which configuration you require. 

Designed for the CDK24, the L-600 mount can hold up to 300 pounds and can be adapted for either Planewave or other advanced optical systems.

With zero backlash, zero periodic error, and high resolution encoders the PlaneWave L series mounts are nearly silent in operation and can slew at up to 50 degrees per second making than ideal choice for permanent observatory installations requiring high levels of accuracy and performance.

Includes PointXP modeling software and enclosed electronics with through mount cabling for ideal cable management.

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PlaneWave L-600 Direct Drive Mount

Planewave L600 Series Direct Drive mounts combines versatility, simplicity and affordability by combining all the technology of Planewave observatory class telescopes into a compact stand-alone mount. In its Alt/Az configuration it is considerably more compact than its equatorial counterpart, allowing a larger telescope to fit in a smaller enclosure. Unlike traditional 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. For added flexibility, the L-Series mounts can be installed in either Alt/Az, or EQ mode with the optional wedge accessory.

The L-600 was designed with the Planewave CDK24 in mind, and can hold up to 300 lbs. With zero backlash and zero periodic error, virtually silent motion and slew speeds of up to 50 degrees per second the L-Series mounts are an ideal choice for permanent observatory installations.  High resolution encoders on each axis provide precision positioning and tracking.

Planewave L-600 Mount Features: 

  • Capable of carrying up to 300 pounds (135kg)
  • Base model is in Alt-Az configuration, but can be converted to EQ with the additional of an optional wedge
  • Direct Drive motors for nearly silent, smooth and fast movement.
  • Slew at up to 50 degrees per second
  • High resolutoin encoders for precision positioning
  • Zero backlash and zero periodic error
  • Enclosed electronics and through mount cabling with easy to access panels to add your own cabling.
  • Includes PWI4 control software and PointXP mount modeling software

Direct Drive Motors & Encoders

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High Speed Slewing

With the ability to move at 50 degrees per second, the Planewave L-600 can easily keep pace with fast moving objects like satellites and will minimize target acquisition times.

Dual Mounting Bracket & AZ Dovetail Balance System

Mount two optical tubes on a single fork arm with the L-600 dual mounting bracket.   An optional dovetail clamp is required but with the ability to hold up to 300 pounds, the dual mounting option makes this a versatile mount.  Pair a 17" CDK with a 14" Cassegrain for example, or configure one telescope for imaging and another for tracking and guiding.

An adjustable center of gravity balance plate ensures that your system will be perfectly balanced for optimal performance.   

Through Mount Cabling

Good cable management can be the crux of an easy to maintain system.  Understanding the importance of this, Planewave has run cabling through the fork arm with easy to access panels to allow users to run their imaging cables through the fork as well. 

L-600 Mount Specifications:

Load Capacity 300 pounds (136kg)
Latitude Range 0-90 degrees, North and South Hemisphere
Modes AZ default, EQ Available with Optional Wedge
Control Electronics PWI4 Control Software or Gamepad for Observing
Homing Sensors

Home position sensors are included allowing mount to find home on power up.

Slew Rate 20 degrees per second standard and up to 50 degrees per second at maximum, both axes.
Motor Control Industrial grade brushless motor control system and built in electronics
Motor - Azimuth and Altitude

Direct Drive 3 Phase Axial Flux Torque Motors

Encoder - Azimuth and Altitude 152mm stainless steel encoder ring with reader built into both axes. 18,880,000 counts per revolution (0.069 arcsecond resolution).
Motor Torque Approx. 20 ft. pounds continuous, 50 ft pounds peak
Drive Electronics Industrial grade, off-the-shelf brushless motor drives for each axis with custom designed interface card
Telescope Control Software PlaneWave Interface (PWI4). Incorporates PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe. Provides HTTP and ASCOM control interfaces. MaxIm DL is required for camera control when building a pointing model within PWI4 software.
Pointing Accuracy <10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
Pointing Precision 2 arcseconds at sidereal velocity
Tracking Accuracy < 0.3 arcseconds over a 5 minute period at sidereal velocity
System Natural Frequency 10 Hz or greater
Power Requirements Accepts 120 to 240 VAC. Supplied with 120 VAC 15A IEC Type B Regulated Power Adapter.
Cable Management Through mount.
Swing Through Length 35.1"

Warranty

1 year warranty

More Information
Brand PlaneWave Instruments
Free Shipping Does Not Qualify for Free Shipping
GPS No
Mount Motor Drive Direct Drive
Mount Load Capacity 300 lbs
Counterweights Included Specialized Center Balance Adjustable Plate
Included Software PointXP Mount Modeling, Interface 4 Control
Mount Head Weight 338 lbs (153kg)
Power Requirements Accepts 120 to 240 VAC. Supplied with 120 VAC 15A IEC Type B Regulated Power Adapter.
Computerized Hand Controller Gamepad for Observing Only
Slew Speeds 20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
Includes Autoguide Port Yes
Periodic Error Correction No
Adjustable Legs? No
Accessory Tray Included? No
Total System Weight 338 lbs
Warranty 1 Year
In The Box

L-600 Single Fork AZ Mount Head

(6) 1/2-13 x 1 1/4" Socket Head Cap Screws to Attaching to Pier or Wedge

(6) 1/2-13 Washers

(1) Extended Length Shoulder Bolt for RA Axis to EQ Wedge Alignment

16 foot USB Cable - To Connect Observatory Control Computer

120V AC Power Cable - For Mount Power

Standard Allen Key Set

Flashdrive - Contains PWI4 Software and Installation Instructions

3/8 Socket - To Adjust RA Balance Leadscrew

Gamepad - Tracking and Slewing Control for Observing

L-600 Single Fork AZ Mount Head

(6) 1/2-13 x 1 1/4" Socket Head Cap Screws to Attaching to Pier or Wedge

(6) 1/2-13 Washers

(1) Extended Length Shoulder Bolt for RA Axis to EQ Wedge Alignment

16 foot USB Cable - To Connect Observatory Control Computer

120V AC Power Cable - For Mount Power

Standard Allen Key Set

Flashdrive - Contains PWI4 Software and Installation Instructions

3/8 Socket - To Adjust RA Balance Leadscrew

Gamepad - Tracking and Slewing Control for Observing

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