Planewave - T-600 Direct Drive Gimbal

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The PlaneWave T-600 Gimbal is designed to meet the highest standards in the most demanding applications, and is capable of carrying payloads on each side of the altitude axis providing dual mounting.  The gimbal can be configured in either Altitude/Altitude, Altitude/Azimuth or Equtorial orientations.

Made with outdoor applications in mind, the T-600 Gimbal comes standard with 2 layer non-contact sealing at each motion surface to prevent light to moderate water and debris entry. 

Total load capacity of 600 pounds.  

Direct drive motors on each axis for fast, and nearly silent movement of the instruments with zero backlash and no periodic error.

Conservatively rated at an acceleration of up to 70 degrees/ second/ second and velocity up to 150 degrees/second. 

Enclosed electronics and rubberized seals with through mount cabling.  

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PlaneWave Instruments T-600 Gimbal

The PlaneWave T-600 Gimbal is capable of carrying up to 600 pounds and provides a flexible dual mounting option for precision demands.  Configurable in either Altitude/Altitude, Altitude/Azimuth or Equatorial orientations for a wide range of applications.  Coated and rubberized to withstand moderate rainfall, moisture and debris the T-600 is made rugged for outdoor installations. 

System Performance

Acceleration (AZ and ALT) 70 Degrees per second/ second (depending on installed payload induced moment of inertia
Velocity Up to 150 degrees per second
Pointing Accuracy <10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
Point Precision 2 arcsecond at sidereal velocity
Open Loop Tracking Accuracy 0.2 arcseconds RMS over 300 second exposure at sidereal rate
Open Loop Axis Following Error <0.15 arcseconds RMS at sidereal rate, <0.3 arcseconds RMS at 1 degree per second, <2 arcseconds RMS at 10 degrees per second
Internal Servo-Loop 10 kHz cascaded velocity/position controller, PID + Filters
Software Command Round-Trip 5-25 Marc (depending on application)
System Natural Frequency 20 Hz or Greater


Mount System

Type Alt-Azimuth/ Equatorial Direct-Drive Mount
Weight 605 lbs.
Max. Load Capacity 600 lbs (with payload limited to 100 kg-m² moment per port with center of gravity ≤ 15 inches from mounting surface and an lowest eigenmode frequency of 20 Hz. i.e. dual mounted CDK24 telescopes are compatible)
Dimensions 34" x 20" x 23.5" (H/D/W)
Latitude Range 0-90 degrees Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Motor Torque (AZ and Altitude) 127 ft lbs (peak)
AZ Axis Range of Motion 660 degrees (optional limitless range available)
Altitude Axis Range of Motion Fully Adjustable (-45 to +25 degree default range)
Cable Management Through the Mount Cabling
Coude Path Optional (limits elevation axis range of motion to 180 degrees)
Power Requirements 100 to 240 VAC (50-60 Hz)
Operating Temperature -30C to +50 C
Storage Temperature Range -50 C to +70 C

Mechanical Structure

Gimbal Assembly Fully CNC machined construction (Surface finish treated with UV resistant coating on all exposed metal surfaces)
Default Weatherization 2-Layer non-contact labrynth sealing at each motion-surface to prevent water (light-to-moderate rain) and debris entry. *Optional rubber seals may be added for further ruggedization.
Azimuth Bearing  4 Way Loaded Radial Ball Bearings
Altitude Bearing 4 Way Loaded Radial Ball Bearings
Instrument Mounting Breadboard plate on both mounting surfaces (see interface document for complete mounting information)
Lifting Points Present for limiting in "any orientation"

Motion Control

Drive Electronics (AZ and ALT) Elmo Motion Control Systems industrial grade off-the-shelf brushless motor drives
Motors (AZ and ALT) Each axis includes a double stacked direct-drive 3 phase axial-flux torque motor
Encoders (AZ and ALT) Renishaw 255mm diameter, 26 bit absolute encodeer ring with readhead
User Interface PlaneWave Interface 4 (PWI4) Control Software with integrated PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe.  Includes ASCOM driver. 
Time Source Recommendation GPS Time Card, or PTP Server

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Brand PlaneWave Instruments
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Case Included No
Mount Load Capacity 600 lbs
Includes Autoguide Port Yes
Periodic Error Correction No
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