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10 MICRON GM2000 HPS II COMBI

$24,999.00 AUD
SKU: 10M2030

10Micron

Equatorial

Payload: 50 kg

Encoders: Absolute on both axes

Optional saddle

33 kg


 

Testar Australia is a technical assistant dealer for 10 Micron. Our staff has been trained at the 10 Micron factory to provide assistance, repairs and maintenance on their products.

 

Evolving perfection. The 10Micron GM2000 HPS II Combi mount, is built for the demanding observer using photographic instruments up to a weight of 50kg (counterweights not included). Movements are driven by two servo brushless motors , with timing belt reduction having zero backlash. Both axes feature a classic worm – wormwheel pairing. The wormwheels are made of bronze (B14), with a diameter of 172mm and 215 teeth, while the worms are made of alloy steel with a diameter of 24mm. The axes themselves are made of 50mm diameter alloy steel, for the maximum rigidity.

This mount is basically a GM2000 HPS II Ultraport (“splittable” in two parts) with an additional locking system; beside the quick locking system, very useful to carry and assemble  the mount in the field, we added a further locking system for customers who have the mount permanently installed in an observatory; this will ensure a great , long-term stability, comparable to a GM2000 HPS II Monolith.

You can easily revert the mount in a portable (“splittable”) version simply removing the locking screws.In this way we can have both the advantages of the previous models in a single mount and so the new GM2000 HPSII Combi will replace both the Monolit and  Ultraport models.

The technical specifications, sizes and weight of the new GM2000 HPSII Combi are exactly the same of the GM2000 HPS II.

The electronics is housed in an independent control box, easily removable. The connections of the mount and keypad feature security lock screws. The mount can be controlled using the included keypad, without connecting an external PC. The keypad is built in order to maintain the maximum readability in all lighting conditions. Both the display and the ergonomic keys, allowing for the use of gloves, feature a red backlight. An heater keeps the display warm for usage below freezing temperatures.
The mount can be controlled using the most common software packages by connecting it to a PC with the RS-232 serial port or the Ethernet connection, via the 10micron ASCOM driver or the Meade compatible command protocol. Furthermore, a dedicated software (also included with the mount) can be used to create a “virtual keypad” replicating exactly the functions of the physical keypad. The RS-232 port can also be used to control an external dome. This flexibility makes the GM2000HPS an ideal mount for observatories and remotized observing sites. The object database contains many star catalogs and deep-sky objects up to the 16th magnitude. Solar system objects can be tracked so that their motion is compensated with respect to the stars. You may load orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites into the mount, so that these objects can be tracked directly using the keypad (without any external PC).

Pointing is made accurate through the usage of a model containing up to 100 stars, which allows for the correction of the classical polar alignment and conic errors, and also of the most important flexure terms of the optical tube. In this way it is possible to obtain pointing accuracies of the order of 20 arcseconds RMS. The same model can be used in order to obtain the maximum tracking accuracy, compensating also for the atmospheric refraction (depending on the local atmospheric pressure and temperature). A series of auxiliary functions is provided to help the user for quick aligning the mount to the celestial pole. You may also save and recover the alignment data of different observing sessions. This function is very useful if you have many instruments in different setups, each one requiring different flexure corrections. Tracking through the meridian, a typical problem with german mounts, is solved allowing for tracking for up to 30° past the meridian (configurable), in both directions. In this way any object can be tracked for at least four hours.

The tracking accuracy makes autoguiding not necessary for many uses. The absolute encoders on both axes allows to obtain a typical tracking error below 1 arcsecond.

GM2000 HPS II COMBI Schema

It is possible to autoguide anyway, using the ST4-compatible port or through the serial/Ethernet connection, with a guide rate configurable from 0.1x to 1x. The guide rate can be automatically corrected for the declination of the target, so that there is no need of recalibrating the autoguide when observing at different declinations. Among the other functions, you will find the electronically-assisted balance and the ability of parking the mount in different user-defined positions.

Designed for field use, the ultraportable version is easily divided into two parts. All electrical connections are made automatically when assembling the mount. The biggest piece has a weigth of only 15 kg – 33 lbs, and in combination with the Centaurus II (21 kg – 46 lbs) you obtain a winning combination for the mobile observer.

 

The GM2000 can be supplied also in a special version for very low temperature operations: ask our team if interested.

 

 

    

Type

German Equatorial Mount

Weight, Combi version (mount)

18 kg + 15 kg without accessories

Instrument payload capacity

50 kg

Latitude range

20° – 70°

Azimuth fine adjustment range

+/− 10°

Counterweight shaft

40 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 4 kg

Axes

50 mm diameter, alloy steel

Bearings

Pre-loaded tapered roller bearing

Worm wheels

215 teeth, 172 mm diameter, B14 bronze

Worms

Diameter 24mm, tempered alloy steel, grinded and lapped

Transmission system

Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recovery

Motors

2 axes servo brushless

Power supply

24 V DC

Power consumption

~ 0.7 A while tracking
~ 3 A at maximum speed
~ 5 A peak

Go-to speed

Adjustable from 2°/s to 20°/s

Pointing accuracy

< 20” with internal multiple-stars software mapping

Average tracking accuracy

< +/− 1" typical for 15 minutes (< 0.7" RMS)
with internal multiple-stars software mapping and compensation of flexure and polar alignment errors

Security stop

+/− 30° past meridian in r.a. (software)
+/− 45° past meridian in r.a. (mechanical)

Operational temperature range (standard)

- 15° C to + 35° C

Storage temperature range

- 40° C to + 50° C

Special operational temperature range Optional, for very low temperatures (-30°C): see options for more details

Communication ports

RS–232 port; GPS port; auto-guide ST-4 protocol port; Ethernet port

Database

Stars: by name, Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, Bright Star Catalogue, SAO, HIP, HD, PPM, ADS, GCVS. Deep-sky: M, NGC, IC, PGC ,UGC limited up to mV = 16. Solar system: sun, moon, planets, asteroids, comets, artificial satellites. Equatorial and altazimuth coordinates. User defined objects, fast slewing positions.

Firmware features

User defined mount parking position, 2‑stars and 3‑stars alignment function, up to 100 alignment stars for modeling, correction of polar alignment and orthogonality errors, estimate of average pointing error, storage of multiple pointing models, sidereal, solar and lunar tracking speed adjustable on both axes, declination-based auto-guide speed correction, adjustable horizon height limit, pointing and tracking past meridian, assisted balance adjustment, manual or GPS based time and coordinates setting, dome control via RS-232, configurable atmospheric refraction, network settings, comets and asteroids filter, multi-language interface. Remote assist via Internet connection.

PC control

Remote control via RS-232 or Ethernet; proprietary ASCOM driver or Meade compatible protocol; update of firmware and orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites via RS-232 or Ethernet; virtual control panel via RS-232 or Ethernet. Wi-Fi included to control the mount via tablet, smartphone etc.

 

 

GM 2000 HPS II Mount – Ultraport version includes:

  • GM2000 HPS II mount with built-in precision absolute axis-encoders
    control box with on-board intelligence (Linux-processor), V.2 – HPS version firmware, stand alone system (no PC required)
  • Professional hand control unit with graphic display and temperature control – 10M5030
  • Cables
  • Counterweight bar
  • Strong transport carton-box with shaped foam – 10M2066
  • WiFi option included.

GM2000HPS Full Specifications

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HPS Mount Comparison Chart

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GM2000 HPS Accessories Diagram

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GM2000 HPS II Ultraport Sizes

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HPS Mount Scale View

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Customer Reviews

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Manuel Marquez
My time with the GM2000

Well after owning my GM2000 for 20 months I now think I can write the right review by my experience .I have been using other types of mounts and was sick of the bad quality control and how tracking was, well most the time a pain. I started to read about 10 micron and then spoke with Adriano ( who when all out of his way to help me out) to find out it was the mount I wanted. Let me say I am kind of old school so was a little worried about using this mount and making it work for me, but I did it any way lol. Now about the mount. It is made to perfection with all state of the art CNC machines and the best materials . What do most say , yes you get what you pay for and I did get what I paid for. I have has zero problems with mount and have done a few hundred hours of photos and yes never have I used ph2 for guiding with this mount tracks all by itself day after day, no matter where in the sky it just tracks and 10-15 minute exposures no problem. Yes and now I have a CDK14 on the mount and no guiding with 10 minute pictures and that’s at 2562FL. Every time I go into my observatory I just get my cleaning cloth out and give it a wipe, I just love looking at it lol it is a Ferrari of mounts for sure and the money I spend was well worth it. By the way it says 50 kg pay load and this means it will carry 50 kilos and still track no problem as long as it is well balanced IMO.

10 MICRON GM2000 HPS II COMBI.

10 MICRON GM2000 HPS II COMBI

$24,999.00 AUD

Optical design

Image circle

Focal ratio

Aperture

Focal length

Optical thickness

Threads

Cooled

Colour or Mono

Pixel size

Sensor dimensions

Resolution

Sensor diagonal

Quantum efficiency

Read noise

Fullwell capacity

Bit depth

FPS

Camera backfocus

Filter size

Filter size

Bandpass (FWHM)

Bandpass (FWHM)

Glass thickness

Mount type

Equatorial

Payload capacity

50 kg

Latitude range

20° – 70°

Dovetail saddle

Optional saddle

Slew speed

20°/s max

Encoders

Encoders: Absolute on both axes

Periodic error correction

Not needed

Counterweight shaft

40 mm

Azimuth adjustment range

+/− 10°

Internal diameter

Illuminated diameter

Compatible telescope external diameter

Weight

33 kg

Length

Width

Height

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