Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount
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Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount
Introducing the Paramount MX+: A 50 lbs mount capable of carrying 100 lbs of weight on it's mighty shoulders, enabling awesome systems to be mounted atop it. It is 16-inches long, and the identical width to the Paramount ME counterweight shaft so the same counterweights can be used - and two Paramount ME/MX counterweights are included with the Paramount MX+.
There is a 2 port USB 2.0 hub on the instrument panel, a completely re-designed control system featuring GPS and USB 2.0 telescope to computer interface, calibrated polar alignment adjustments, space to add additional cabling through the mount, 90 lb. total instrument capacity, unibody mount design weighs 50 lbs., maximum 7 arc seconds peak to peak periodic error before PEC, all electronics and wiring are inside the mount, includes versatile instrument mounting plate compatible with any equipment, includes power supply and cabling, belt driven gears result in zero backlash, 30 arc second or better all sky pointing through T Point and the clutchless design maintains you T point assisted position.
You'll love the fact that the Software Bisque Paramount MX+ doesn't recognize international lines. In the unlikely event that you should have a problem with the MX+, simply post your concerns with "Customer Support". Whether you live in Australia or Arizona, you're covered just the same!
Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount Features
- Upgraded servo motors. The Paramount MX+ now employs the same long life, high-torque, brushless servo motors that are used by the Paramount ME II.
- Higher payload capacity. The Paramount MX+ can carry up to 100 lb (45 kg) of equipment, or 200 lb (90 kb) equipment plus counterweights.
- Optional higher maximum slew rates of up to 10 degrees per second. An optional, higher wattage power supply is sold separately.
- To accommodate the larger motors, the original Paramount MX Three Position Switch has been replaced with a Two Position Switch that places an axis in balance and track mode. There is also a separate rotating knob that allows each axis to be locked during transport.
- Easier to maintain:
- Worm and gear 'cam stop' adjustments can be made without removing the worm block covers.
- All servo motors have the same motor initialization value, so that axes-specific 'angle' values are no longer necessary.
- German equatorial mount equipment capacity (not including the counterweights): 100 lbs. (45 kg)
- Weight of the mount: 50 lbs. (23 kg)
- Maximum seven (7) arcsecond peak to peak periodic error before PEC. Less than one (1) arcsecond peak to peak periodic error after PEC.
- Completely redesigned control system (called the MKS 5000)
- Employs virtually all of the features of the Paramount ME control system (final power requirements are currently not available).
- USB 2.0 PC to mount communication interface
- upgraded control system electronics
- smaller physical footprint
- redesigned hand paddle (that is backward compatible with the Paramount ME joystick)
- 2 built-in USB 2.0 ports at the Instrument Panel
- Simply three way "switch" on both RA and Dec axes engages the worm during normal operation, disengage the worm from the gear when balancing the payload, or lock gear in place for during transit.
- GEM design allows the right ascension axis to tracks 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.
- Optional through the mount cabling.
- Polar alignment adjustments that are virtually identical to the Paramount ME.
- Paramount ME-like homing, tracking and pointing performance.
- Includes Versa-Plate and power supply.
- 8-inch right ascension and declination gears.
- 6-inch contact ball bearings in both right ascension and declination.
- Precision brass worms and aluminum gears that have extremely low periodic error.
- Periodic error correction curve fitting included with TheSkyX Professional Edition (required).
Software Bisque Product Number: MX
|Counterweights||(2) 20 lb|
|Instrument Capacity||100 lb|
|Latitude Range||10" to 65"|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North & EQ South|
|Tracking Rates||Lunar & Sidereal & Solar|
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty|
|Weight of Head||50lb|
- Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount
- MX+ Counterweight Shaft
- 80W Power Supply
- Two 20lb Counterweights
- Counterweight Safety knob
- Hand paddle
- USB to USB min cable
- hex key set
- pier lock knobs
- QuickStart guide
- Paramount User Guide
- USB thumb Drive (loaded with the SkyX Pro for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Raspberry Pi for easy download)
Software might be confusing at first, but read the manuals and everything you need to know is in there. So far the mount has performed flawless this year.
Received this mount a few days ago and I cant believe how well made it is, I could only find a handful of plastic parts (screw hole covers) the rest of the parts are metal built to hi tolerances. Yes the mount is expensive but trust me you get what you pay for. The software is top notch and Tanya at OPT once again made sure everything was perfect. I will be coming back to OPT because of her.
I am really delighted with this mount. It represents the pinnacle of where automated astronomy is going for the 21st century. The paramount MX+ is beautifully engineered and very well thought out. It makes other mounts look an uncoordinated mess as its ergonomics are simply unbeatable in my opinion. The mount has pin point accuracy and the plate solving is amazing with a precision that can point to an individual belt on Jupiter The software is quite complex and takes a few weeks to get to grips with but the forum support is excellent with a great community & support from Software Bisque. The service & delivery from OPT has been up to the usual very high standards and I'm now very comfortable in dealing with high value transactions with OPT having spent the best part of $16K with them in the last few months. As the last reviewer said- if you can afford this mount & it suits your equipment then go for it-your astronomy will be revolutionized & having a computer permanently connected is no detriment as I use CCD photography as a given. My location is not terribly dark so the CCD gives me the effects of dark skies.
I have been using the Paramount MX for a couple of weeks now and have had a good chance to check it out. This mount is extremely well engineered and designed. The weight is light enough to use this as a portable unit – compare this to other mounts and it wins hands down. Using TPoint I’m seeing 30 arc-sec of accuracy throughout the sky – very useful for 3900mm of focal length! The periodic error is +/- 0.3 arc sec!! This was measured with PEMPro – I can’t believe how low this number is – will measure again. I have been using a QSI 583 wsg with a LodeStar for guiding – rock solid pictures are the result! Also, because the mount is a USB hub I will be running a USB extension system from the observatory into the house for control of the system when it is soooo cold here in Dec-Jan-Feb. Expensive mount but you get what you pay for. Highly recommended if you can afford it.