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ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Hybrid AZ/EQ Mount Head

SKU : ZWO-AM5

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  • This product is currently available for pre-order only, with first shipment expected April 2022
  • Ultra-portable telescope mount for astrophotography and visual astronomy
  • Harmonic drive technology allows the mount head to weigh just 5 kg (11 lbs) and carry up to 20 kg (44 lbs) with counterweights
  • Hybrid operation between equatorial and alt-azimuth modes
  • Full 0-90 degree latitude range for use anywhere in the world
  • Built-in WiFi connection lets you operate the mount with your smartphone or tablet and works seamlessly with the ASIAIR
  • Built-in laser for quick and easy polar alignment
  • Included wireless rocker-style hand controller
  • Mount heightening plate, carbon fiber tripod, counterweights, and power supply are sold separately (coming soon)

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  • ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Hybrid AZ/EQ Mount

    The ZWO AM5 is an all-new, ultra-portable telescope mount from the astrophotography experts at ZWO! Featuring cutting-edge harmonic drive technology, this mount has the extraordinary ability to carry up to four times its own weight with high guiding accuracy (0.5 - 0.8" arcseconds) and very low periodic error. The mount head weighs just 5 kg (11 lbs) and can carry 13 kg (28 lbs) without any counterweights, and can even carry up to 20 kg (44 lbs) with optional counterweights. This means you can carry up to an 11" SCT and some 130mm refractors - all without any counterweights! Compared to traditional gear or belt-driven mounts in its payload capacity class, the ZWO AM5 weighs around half of the competition, and that's without the added weight of counterweights. This makes it an extremely portable mount, and it can easily fit in a luggage bag for air travel.

    The ZWO AM5 is a hybrid mount, meaning it can operate in both equatorial and alt-azimuth modes. Designed with astrophotography in mind, this mount is made to accurately track the night sky with little periodic error for deep sky astrophotography or planetary imaging. The AM5 also has the ability to operate in alt-azimuth mode, which allows for simple up-down-left-right operation - perfect for visual observing. Its latitude range spans the full 0 to 90 degrees latitude, meaning you can use this mount anywhere in the world, including near the equator! Combining everything mentioned above, this makes the ZWO AM5 one of the most versatile mounts available on the market today.

    In case that weren't enough, the ZWO AM5 also features some extra bells & whistles that are nice to have for the modern astronomer and astrophotographer. One such feature is the quick polar alignment with the AM5's built-in laser. Simply point the laser near the celestial pole (towards Polaris in the Northern Hemisphere), and you are ready to go for short focal length astrophotography or visual observation. The mount is also WiFi compatible, which allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to see best targets for tonight, control the GoTo function, and more. ZWO also optimized the AM5 to seamlessly work with the ASIAIR, meaning you can control your entire imaging rig directly from your smartphone or tablet. If you prefer a more traditional hand controller, the AM5 comes with a fully wireless rocker-style hand controller.

     

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Overview

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount No Counterweights

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Body

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Guiding Accuracy

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Periodic Error

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Example Images

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Head Weight

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Payload Capacity

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Alt-Azimuth Mode

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount 90 Degree Latitude Range

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Polar Alignment Laser

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Wireless Control

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    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Power Failure Protection

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount ASIAIR Connection

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Functions

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Specifications & Parameters

    ZWO AM5 Harmonic Equatorial Mount Mechanical Drawing


  • specifications

    Drive TypeHarmonic Drive
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignEquatorial
    Latitude Range0 to 90 Degrees
    Mount Head Weight5 kg (11 lbs)
    OperationHybrid (Alt Az/Equatorial)
    Payload Capacity13 kg (28 lbs) without Counterweight
    Payload Capacity20 kg (44 lbs) with Counterweight
    PECYes
    Periodic Error±20 arcseconds
    PortsAutoguider
    PortsDC 12v 3a Power
    PortsHand Controller
    PortsUSB
    Telescope ConnectionDual Vixen & Losmandy
  • included items

    • ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Mount Head (Standard)
    • Hand Controller Cable (Standard)
    • Rocker Hand Controller (Standard)
    • Please note: this version does not come with a tripod, but a bundle with the tripod can be found here

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