Software Bisque - Paramount ME II Equatorial Robotic Mount

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  • The Software Bisque Paramount MEII equatorial mount features incredible accuracy and premium engineering. This research grade equatorial mount from the Bisque brothers is designed for lasting performance.

  • This Software Bisque mount has an instrument capacity of 240 pounds (108.8KG) and a total weight capacity of an incredible 480 pounds (217.7KG) making it the most robust of the Paramount mount line.

  • CNC machined from a single piece of high grade aluminum to maintain structural integrity and reliable performance.

  • The Bisque MEII includes a 11.4” RA gear for research grade tracking and performance.

  • Package includes the SkyX Professional Edition (Mac & PC), TPoint & Camera add-ons for Mac & Windows as well as the MKS 5000 dual-axis control system with USB and serial interface, and AutoHome start-up

  • Features remote start up functionality as well as telescope and ccd camera control for full remote control of your mount making it perfectly suited for remote and offsite observatories.

SKU: SWB-SO-MEII
Manufactured by:
Software Bisque
 

Product Description

Software Bisque ME II Equatorial Paramount

 

  • Maximum 7 arcseconds peak-to-peak periodic error PEC
  • Completely redisgned control system featuring USB 2.0 computer to mount interface
  • Calibrated polar alignment polar adjustments
  • Belt-driven gears offer virtually zero backlash
  • Unibody mount design weighs 84Ib (38kg)
  • 240Ib (109kg)total instrument capacity (480 Ib/218 kg total capacity)
  • Ample room to add through the mount cabling
  • Power supply and PC to mount cabling included
  • Versatile equipment mounting plate (a.k.a. the Versa-Plate) that can accept virtually any optic
  • All electronics and wiring are enclosed within in the mount (power supply is external)
  • 30 arcsecond or better all sky pointing accuracy with TPoint and Super Model
  • Clutchless design maintains TPoint assisted pointing accuracy
  • Two port USB 2.0 hub on Instrumental Panel

 

 The review Di Cicco's conclusions is:

"I’ve tested a lot of equipment over the years, but I can’t recall ever having a better experience than I had with the RiDK 300 and Paramount ME II. And given the sophistication of this setup, that says a lot. It truly is exceptional stuff"
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Comparison of the Paramount ME II and Paramount ME**

 

 Paramount ME II

Paramount ME

Control system electronics

MKS 5000

MKS 4000

Counterweight shaft diameter

1.875" (ME II can also accept the ME counterweight shaft)

1.5"

Counterweights

30 lb (14 kg), 1 included

20 lb (9 kg), 2 included

Declination bearing

8" (48 contact points)

6" (14 contact points)

Declination gear diameter

9.5"

7.5"

Declination housing

5" x 0.5" wall 6061 aluminum tubing

Rectangular aluminum box (6061)

Declination shaft diameter

3.0"

2.0"

Declination worm diameter

1.0"

0.75"

Degrees past meridian

45 

7

Motor diameter

2.3"

1.7"

Motor torque

30 in-oz

11 in-oz

On axis encoder (optional)

Available mid 2013

None

Physical hard stop position

Configurable

Fixed

Power supply

200 W

80 W

Right ascension bearing

8" (48 contact points)

8.6” (18 contact points)

Right ascension gear diameter

11.4"

11.4"

Right ascension housing

7" x 0.5" wall 6061 aluminum tubing

Rectangular aluminum box (6061)

Right ascension shaft diameter

3.0"

2.5"

Right ascension worm diameter

1.0"

1.0"

Software included

  • TheSkyX Professional Edition
  • TPoint Add On
  • Camera Add On
  • Multi-OS and Six License Add On for Mac and Windows

 

Bisque Observatory Software Suite

Through the mount cabling

Large diameter cable conduits (no mount disassembly required)

Smaller diameter cable conduits (some mount disassembly required)

USB ports on Instrument Panel

Two (2)

None

Weight (mount)

84 lb (38 kg)

69 lb (31 kg)

Weight capacity (total payload without counterweights)

240 lb (109 kg)

150 lb (68 kg)

Specifications

Name Software Bisque - Paramount ME II Equatorial Robotic Mount
Manufacturer Software Bisque
Model SWB-SO-MEII
In The Box Software Bisque Paramount ME II Equatorial Mount MKS 5000 Dual-Axis DC Servomotor Control System Versa-Plate Mounting Plate Paramount User Guide USB 2.0 Cable Base Thrust Mounting Knobs (4) Hex Key Wrench Set Power Supply Unit & Extension Cable Power Cable Hand Controller with Joystick Counterweight Shaft Counterweight Safety Knob (2) 30 lb. Counterweights Altitude Adjuster Wrench Accessory Pouch with Bolts, Washers, & Plugs Cable Tie Paramount Software Suite Thumb Drive with TheSkyX Pro, TPoint Add-On, Camera Add-On, & Multi OS and Six License Add-On for Mac & Windows
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (two ports)
Payload Capacity 240 Ibs

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In the Box

Software Bisque Paramount ME II Equatorial Mount
MKS 5000 Dual-Axis DC Servomotor Control System
Versa-Plate Mounting Plate
Paramount User Guide
USB 2.0 Cable
Base Thrust Mounting Knobs (4)
Hex Key Wrench Set
Power Supply Unit & Extension Cable
Power Cable
Hand Controller with Joystick
Counterweight Shaft
Counterweight Safety Knob
(2) 30 lb. Counterweights
Altitude Adjuster Wrench
Accessory Pouch with Bolts, Washers, & Plugs
Cable Tie
Paramount Software Suite Thumb Drive with TheSkyX Pro, TPoint Add-On, Camera Add-On, & Multi OS and Six License Add-On for Mac & Windows

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