Software Bisque Paramount MX Telescope Mount

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Software Bisque Paramount MX Telescope Mount

The Paramount MX has a broad range of exciting features and capabilities that will keep you focused on the stars and not your equipment. Software Bisque urges you to compare the Paramount MX feature set with every other commercial mount in this price range before buying any mount.

German equatorial mount equipment capacity (not including the counterweights): 90 lb (41 kg)
Weight of the mount (including the Versa-Plate): 50 lb (23 kg)
Every Paramount MX component is custom machined from 6061 aluminum at Software Bisque's production facility. The precision worms are machined from brass.
Brass worms and aluminum gears that have a maximum seven (7) arcsecond peak-to-peak periodic error before periodic error correction. When periodic error correction is applied, the resulting peak-to-peak periodic error should be approximately one (1) arcsecond or less.
Both the right ascension and declination axes have a simple three position mechanical "switch" to engage the worm during normal operation, disengage the worm from the gear when balancing the payload, or lock the axis during transit
GEM design allows the right ascension axis to track past the meridian for up to 2 hours (time).

All internal harnesses (cables) and motors are encapsulated inside the body of the mount, just like the Paramount ME.
Through the mount access holes allow you to add your own internal cables.
Calibrated polar alignment adjustments that are virtually identical to the Paramount ME.
Paramount ME-like homing, tracking and pointing performance.
7.5-inch right ascension and declination gears (375 teeth).
6-inch contact ball bearings in both right ascension and declination.
Periodic error correction curve fitting included with TheSkyX Professional Edition.
45 arcminute bubble level included.

A Paramount MX-style Versa-Plate for attaching optical tube assemblies is included.
Power supply included. Paramount MX power supply specifications: Max Power Output: 80W, Input: 100-240VAC ~47-63 Hz 1.9A, Output: 48V 1.66A max.
Two (2) 20 lb (9kg) counterweights included. Note that the Paramount MX and Paramount ME counterweights are identical.
16-in. (41 cm) counterweight shaft included.
Standard Paramount MX wedge can be adjusted to reach latitudes from ten (10) degrees to slightly higher than sixty-five (65) degrees. A Paramount ME-like Latitude Adjustment Wedge will be available for latitudes outside this region.
Azimuth axis polar axis adjustment range is plus or minus seven (7) degrees from center position.
Altitude and azimuth polar alignment knobs are calibrated, so that making adjustments using the TPoint Polar Alignment Report simple and accurate.
The Paramount MX includes Software Bisque's fourth generation dual axis telescope control system (called the MKS 5000).

MKS 5000 Electronics

Integrated USB 2.0 computer to mount communication interface can be controlled via TheSkyX Professional Edition on either Mac OS X and Windows (7/Vista/XP, 32- and 64-bit), out of the box.
Integrated two port USB 2.0 hub at the camera-end of the telescope, right where USB ports are needed most.
The position of the motors is monitored 3333 times each second to ensure optimal tracking accuracy and smooth, consistent slews at all rates and all times.
Tracking and "in progress slews" are immediately stopped in the event the mount's payload encounters a fixed object, such as the side of the pier.
The single board control system electronics requires the minimum number of components and has a small physical size.
Hand controller features an integrated mini-joystick controller and configurable rate, a five position switch that allows single-handed mount control, an integrated bright red LED flashlight, sturdy "hang anywhere" cable loop and 15-foot coiled hand paddle to mount cable.

Hand Controller

Programmable periodic error correction with "seeing agnostic" periodic error curve fitting built into TheSkyX Professional Edition.
Built-in autoguider port on the Instrument Panel.
Built-in focuser port on the Instrument Panel.
One 12V and one 5V power port on the Instrument Panel.
An integrated through the mount generic "power source" port on the Instrument Panel backed with 18-gauge wire to supply power to your observing equipment.
Configurable software limits (using TheSkyX Professional Edition) to ensure the mount does not encounter the pier.
Brushless DC servomotors with all moving parts on bearing surfaces. If your mount is used for survey astronomy all night, every clear night, no other type of motor is sufficient. Other commercial mounts use "brushed motors" that don't have nearly the life expectancy of brushless DC servomotors and are not designed to be operated for long periods at the (relatively slow) sidereal rate.
DC servomotors provide fast slew speeds and consistent torque at all slew rates. The maximum slew and tracking rate is six (6) degrees per second in both right ascension axis and declination (the default slew rate is 5.4 degrees per second). The gear-reducer and worm-block design of the Paramount MX are extremely efficient so that little power is lost between the motor and the telescope drive. Though good balance is always recommended, the Paramount MX has no problem slewing or tracking when several foot-pounds out of balance. You'll spend less time fiddling with the telescope and more time acquiring data.
AutoHome™ homing capability (to better than one arcsecond resolution) with built-in sensor circuitry on each axis ensure that the mount always knows its orientation (after an initialization process called "homing"), even after power failure.

Configurable park position.
Audible feedback that indicates normal operation and error conditions.
Slew and tracking rates can be configured with 56-bit precision. What does this mean? The right ascension and declination motors can be rotated a 0 to 4000 revolutions per minute and virtually anywhere in between, providing precise tracking and slewing. This gives you the ability to track on comets, asteroids and even fast- or slow-moving objects such as LEO satellites or any object that moves above or below the sidereal rate.
Single-reduced belt-driven worms mean the Paramount MX has backlash so small it is difficult to measure (typically less than two arcseconds in both axes. Autoguiding calibration is always a snap with this “no-slop” system. Spur gears and other components the may introduce backlash are not used.
Temperature compensated internal oscillator with better than 10 parts per million that ensures accurate tracking rates over a wide temperature range.
Built-in temperature sensor that allows the slew rate to be automatically reduced when the temperature drops.
Soft "reboot" capability. This means that the control system can be restarted through software and does not have to be manually turned off, then on.
Newer firmware versions can be downloaded directly from the Software Bisque web page and updated using TheSkyX Professional Edition.

The Paramount MX comes with the world's best and most powerful astronomy suite of astronomy software developed by the same engineers who designed the software. The Paramount MX includes:
TheSkyX Professional Edition
The TPoint Add On (with ProTrack and Super Model features) to TheSkyX Professional Edition.
Camera Add On to TheSkyX Professional Edition.
Multi-OS and Six License Add On gives you the option to operate the Paramount MX on both Mac and Windows operating systems, using up to six different computers.

Ten good reasons to buy your Paramount MX from SCS Astro Ltd:

* SCS Astro Ltd has been an authorised Software Bisque dealer for over 13 years.
* SCS Astro's owner, Kieron McGrath, has personally known Software Bisque President, Steve Bisque, for the same length of time, and we meet up every year.
* Paramounts sold by SCS Astro are supplied by Baader Planetarium, the sole authorised European distributor for these mounts. We do not handle GREY Imports.
* Kieron McGrath has personally known Thomas Baader for 18 years.
* SCS Astro has been trading for 19 years.
* All Paramounts supplied by SCS Astro come with a 2 year return-to-base warranty.
* Kieron McGrath has personally owned and operated a Paramount since 2003.
* Customers can pay by credit/debit card, BACS transfer or cleared cheque. There are no surcharges or discounts for different payment methods.
* When Paramounts are in stock with Baader, orders are delivered within 7 working days.
* Orders are delivered direct to the customer by UPS. You will not save money by collecting from our shop.

Please note: Piers, Counterweights, Wedge to Pier Adapters and other accessories are only available with purchase of a Paramount MX. We do not sell them separately.

See the review in the July 2012 issue of Sky & Telescope Magazine.

Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Always check with us before placing your order. Shipping & Insurance £150.00.

Please note: Piers, Counterweights, Wedge to Pier Adapters and other accessories are only available with purchase of a Paramount ME. We do not sell them separately.

You are buying from an authorized Software Bisque UK dealer.

ItemPriceFreephone 0800 0181544
Software Bisque Paramount MX£7,600.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Portable Tripod for Paramount MX£2,420.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Polar Finderscope for Paramount MX£210.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Flange for Paramount MX£200.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Levelling Flange for Paramount MX£420.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Base-to-Pier Adapter Plate MX£140.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Counterweight Shaft Extension Bar£175.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.
Additional Counterweight 20lb (9kg)£232.00
Delivery to mainland UK only.

Freephone 0800 0181544

SCS Astro, The Astronomy Shop, 1 Tone Hill, Wellington, Somerset, United Kingdom TA21 0AU
Tel: +44 (0)1823 665510 Contact Us
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