The Sharpstar Mark III is a new strain wave-geared German equatorial/Alt-Azimuth mount for serious on-the-go astrophotography.
Lightweight and portable at only 7.95kg, the Mark III has an impressive payload of 18kg without counterweight or 26kg with counterweight. The mount is fully CNC-machined and anodized for strength and stability.
The Mark III can be controlled via Wi-Fi or a wired USB connection via ASCOM/INDI, as well as with the included CNC-machined hand controller. Go-to functionality is powered by the open-source OnStep control software.
The mount is equipped with an electromagnetic brake on the RA axis in case of sudden power failure, which will prevent your telescope from being damaged.
Note: mount does not include carbon fibre tripod.
|Max payload||18 kg without counterweight, 26 kg with counterweight|
|Drive||Strain wave gears|
||1000 : 1|
|Periodic error (PE)||TBD|
|Latitude adjustment range||15º ~ 80º|
|Azimuth adjustment range||± 4º|
|Dovetail saddle||200mm Losmandy & Vixen|
||42mm stepper motors with automatic braking system
|Max slew speed||3.8º/S|
|Communication interface||USB / Wifi, ASCOM, INDI|
|Sensors||Temperature and humidity|
|Operating Temperature||-25º - 40º C|
|Power failure protection||Yes|
- A: 5kg counterweight
- B: Mark III Harmonic Mount body
- C: Tools/screws for fixing mount on tripod
- D: Counterweight bar
- E: Power cable
- F: Hand controller cable
- G: Hand controller