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HPS High Precision GoTo Mountings and Accessories


 

Since 2007 Alpine Astronomical has been proud to offer the superb 10 Micron GoTo telescope mountings and accessories to US astronomers.   These precision Italian made mountings are like no other.  10 Micron produces what we think are the finest and most capable telescope mountings in the world, bringing a unique level of quality, accuracy, capacity, and performance to the discriminating amateur and professional astronomer.

 

NEW - Available Now

10Micron HPS Mountings (High Precision and Speed), including the incredible new GM1000HPS.  The fully-integrated standalone control system utilizes absolute encoders on both axis to permit sub arc-second tracking accuracy, without the high price normally associated with this level of accuracy. 

 

 


GM1000 HPS Mount

 

 

 

10 Micron GM1000 HPS


The GM1000HPS Mount delivers the same phenomenal accuracy, performance, and features as it's larger siblings, in a compact highly portable package.  The HPS (High Precision and Speed) absolute encoders and QCI control system deliver a level of accuracy and performance unlike any other mounting in its class.  Perfect as an un-guided imaging platform for fully instrumented refractors up to 6" and Cassegrains up to 12".  There is nothing like it anywhere - the accuracy, size and capacity, build quality and performance of the GM1000HPS is amazing.  When we got our first chance to use this gem of a mounting we were blown away.  

With a conservative usable instrument capacity of 55 lbs, the GM1000HPS delivers rigidity, accuracy, and performance that belie its size, matching or exceeding mounts that are physically larger and heavier.  The state of the art bronze worm gear drive system delivers near-zero backlash, high rigidity, and long term reliability, along with the phenomenal HPS tracking and pointing precision demanded by the most discriminating imagers.

What is HPS?  Through the integration of precision absolute shaft encoders permanently mounted and calibrated to each axis, and the powerful QCI control system, the GM1000HPS is able to deliver <1 arcsec (peak-peak) tracking and 20arcsec pointing accuracy. The accuracy of the HPS system gives the imager a powerful tool that enables un-guided long exposure images.  Never before has this level of accuracy been available to the amateur, at such affordable prices.

The quick alignment routines and highly reliable standalone operation enable rapid setup for a truly portable and efficient system (NO PC required for mount control!). With a mount head weight of only 43 lbs and its compact design, the GM1000HPS takes little effort to transport and set up. When outfitted as a complete package with its rock solid Geoptik tripod and included accessories and fitted transport cases, the GM1000HPS becomes the ultimate turnkey highly-portable mounting sytem.  The GM1000HPS includes an integral dual dovetail mount (Losmandy 3" and Vixen/EQ), and its single all-in-one cable avoids the tangle of RA and DEC motor/power cables that most other mounts require.

The sophisticated QCI control system and belt driven brushless F.I.S. AC servomotors deliver whisper-quiet fast slews with high pointing precision and tracking.   The slew speed of up to 15 degrees/second is 3x the speed of most other GoTo mounts, enabling lightning fast slews and precision tracking of satellites (the satellite tracking function is already embedded into the control system). Multiple hardware interfaces (including integrated LAN) and multiple standard driver protocols are compatible with all of the leading software packages, enabling fully automated operation. 

The QCI control system also includes stand-alone operation through use of its ergonomic handpad, freeing the user from the requirement of having to always use an auxiliary PC to control the instrument.  Through the handpad, the stand-alone user can access all of the many integrated functions including; full Object Database, High-Precision Polar Alignment, Orthogonality Correction, Periodic Error Correction, as well as a Multi-Star Alignment which models and compensates for telescope pointing errors.  A GPS module is optionally available.

Each mount is thoroughly tested as a system to ensure that its performance, accuracy, and quality meet the 10 Micron standards.  The engineering, design, and build quality of the GM1000HPS are unlike any other mounting in the world.  The precision of the machining, quality of the components, and the level of fit and finish are breathtaking.  


 

For a detailed brochures on the GM1000HPS Ultraportable, please click on the link below: (3Mb pdf)

Click on the link below for the full GM1000HPS Manual: (7Mb pdf)

For more information on the GM1000HPS Ultraportable, please click on the links below:

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GM2000 HPS Ultraportable Mount

 

10 Micron GM2000 HPS Ultraportable

 

Gladius 315CF on a 10Micron GM2000 QCI

(Alpine Astronomical Booth, NEAF 2007)


The GM2000HPS Ultraportable Mount is 10 Micron's solution for the discriminating amateur looking for the ultimate imaging platform for telescopes up to 8" f/8 refractors and 16" Cassegrains.  The capacity, build quality and performance of the GM2000 are unique.  The new HPS (High Precision and Speed) absolute encoders and QCI control system deliver a level of accuracy and performance unlike any other mounting.  It is as at home in a remote fully automated observatory as it is on the road in portable use. 

With a conservative usable instrument capacity of over 130 lbs, the GM2000HPS delivers rigidity, accuracy, and performance that belie its size, matching or exceeding mounts that are physically larger.  The state of the art worm gear drive system delivers near-zero backlash, high rigidity, and long term reliability, along with the phenomenal HPS tracking and pointing precision demanded by the most discriminating imagers.

What is HPS?  Through the integration of precision absolute shaft encoders permanently mounted and calibrated to each axis, and the powerful QCI control system, the GM2000HPS is able to deliver <1 arcsec (peak-peak) tracking and 20arcsec pointing accuracy. The accuracy of the HPS system gives the imager a powerful tool that enables un-guided long exposure images.  Never before has this level of accuracy been available to the amateur, at such affordable prices.

The quick alignment routines and highly reliable standalone operation enable rapid setup for a truly portable and efficient system (NO PC required for mount control!). With a total weight of only 62 lbs, the mounting splits without tools into two easily carried pieces.  When combined with the Centaurus Carbon Fiber Tripod and Transport Cases, the GM2000 becomes the ideal ultra-portable imaging system for medium-large instruments.

The sophisticated QCI control system and belt driven brushless F.I.S. AC servomotors deliver whisper-quiet fast slews with high pointing precision and tracking.   The slew speed of up to 20 degrees/second is almost 4x the speed of most other GoTo mounts, enabling lightning fast slews and precision tracking of satellites (the satellite tracking function is already embedded into the control system). Multiple hardware interfaces (including integrated LAN) and multiple standard driver protocols are compatible with all of the leading software packages, enabling fully automated operation. 

The QCI control system also includes stand-alone operation through use of its ergonomic handpad, freeing the user from the requirement of having to always use an auxiliary PC to control the instrument.  Through the handpad, the stand-alone user can access all of the many integrated functions including; full Object Database, High-Precision Polar Alignment, Orthogonality Correction, Periodic Error Correction, as well as a Multi-Star Alignment which models and compensates for telescope pointing errors.  A GPS module is optionally available.

Each mount is thoroughly tested as a system to ensure that its performance, accuracy, and quality meet the 10 Micron standards.  The engineering, design, and build quality of the GM2000HPS are unlike any other mounting in the world.  The precision of the machining, quality of the components, and the level of fit and finish are breathtaking.   We have to say - the 10 Micron mountings are truly the Ferrari or Lamborghini of telescope mountings. 


 

For a detailed brochure on the GM2000HPS Ultraportable, please click on the link below: (3Mb pdf)

Click on the link below for the full GM2000HPS Manual: (7Mb pdf)

For more information on the GM2000HPS Ultraportable, please click on the links below:

Mounting and HPS Details

QCI Control System

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GM4000 HPS Professional Observatory Mount

 

 

Alpine Astronomical Booth, NEAF 2007

GM4000QCI, with PlaneWave CDK20

10 Micron GM4000 HPS


The 10 Micron GM4000HPS was created to provide a professional observatory mounting with a capacity and precision previously unavailable in a production mount. It's build quality and performance put the GM4000HPS in a different league at a price point that is still accessible for the advanced amateur astronomer and won't drain the budget of the professional.   With a usable capacity of over 330 lbs, the GM4000HPS is the perfect platform for large observatoryCassegrains from 16"-  24" and Refractors up to 12". 

The GM4000HPS is a mature system.  In professional installations through out Europe, South America, and even the South Pole!, the GM4000 has proven itself as a world-class research instrument capable of satisfying the demands of the most critical applications.  The GM4000HPS is not an amateur-based system that has simply been scaled up to handle larger loads.  Its mechanics and control system have been designed for the rigors of constant usage with large loads and in automated remote applications.   Home Sensing, remote Power control, and integrated LAN facilitate faultless fully remote unattended operation.

When it comes to adequately mounting fully-loaded large instruments in this size range, there are no affordable options that can deliver the kind of no-compromise capacity/stability, tracking accuracy, features, and performance that Research Professionals and Advanced Amateurs demand in a permanent mounting.  Current solutions force the user into undersized or inadequate amateur mountings, scaled-up versions of amateur mountings, or entail custom fabricated professional mountings that cost $50,000 or more and require long lead-times and uncertain outcomes.  

What is HPS?  Through the integration of precision absolute shaft encoders permanently mounted and calibrated to each axis, and the powerful QCI control system, the GM4000HPS is able to deliver less than 1 arcsec (peak-peak) tracking and 15arcsec pointing accuracy (using internal 25 star mapping), with NO PC required.  Never before has this level of accuracy been available to the amateur or professional, at such affordable prices.

The GM4000HPS mechanics have been professionally engineered and fabricated to first and foremost provide extreme rigidity and accuracy.  The state of the art worm gear drive system delivers near-zero backlash and long term reliability, working along with the HPS system to deliver the extremely high tracking and pointing precision needed for the most demanding applications.  Through-the-Mount cable routing permits clean and effective cable management for instrument payloads.

The sophisticated QCI control system and belt driven brushless F.I.S. AC servomotors deliver whisper-quiet fast slews and ultra-high precision.    Multiple hardware interfaces (including integrated LAN) and multiple standard driver protocols are fully compatible with all of the leading software packages.  The GM4000HPS hardware and firmware have been designed as a system to enable robust fully automated remote operation. 

The QCI control system also includes stand-alone operation through use of its ergonomic hand terminal, freeing the user from the requirement of having to always use an auxiliary PC to control the instrument.  Through the hand terminal, the stand-alone user can access all of the many integrated functions including; full Object Database, Satellite Tracking, High Precision Polar Alignment, Orthogonality Correction, Periodic Error Correction, as well as a Multi-Star Alignment which models and compensates for telescope pointing errors.

Despite the brawn of the GM4000HPS, it's build quality is unlike any other mounting in the world.  The precision of the machining, quality of components, and level of fit and finish are breathtaking.  Each mounting is thoroughly tested to ensure that its performance, drive accuracy, and quality meet the 10 Micron standards.  The GM4000HPS is truly in a class of its own.


For a detailed brochure on the GM4000HPS Ultraportable,

please click on the link below:

 

For a detailed brochure on the GM4000HPS Ultraportable, please click on the link below: (3Mb pdf)

Click on the link below for the full GM4000HPS Manual: (6 Mb pdf)

For more information on the GM4000 HPS, please click on the links below:

Mounting and HPS Details

QCI Control System

GM4000 Specifications

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Last Update 08/24/13

 

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