TTS160 Panther Review Astronomy Now

TTS-160 Panther review in Astronomy Now

Ade Ashford from Astronomy Now Magazine has reviewed the TTS-160 Panther Mount with Telescope rOTAtor. 

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Quotes from the review

“have applied the Danish
design principles known and loved throughout the
world to an innovative game-changer of a mount. It
looks, feels and operates like no other commercial
unit, exuding a confident air of quality in stainless
steel, brass and anodised aluminium.”

“One of the great selling points of the TTS-160 is that it can be set
up on ground that is merely approximately level and no polar alignment
is necessary (just alignment on one or more named stars or a planet),
the whole process from unpacking to observing is achieved in about ten
minutes. This claim is certainly true. I found that with minimal practice
I could unpack and assemble the mechanical parts in around three
minutes, attach the optical tube and cables in a similar amount of time,
setting aside around five minutes to get an accurate two-star alignment”

“At all slew speeds
the spring-loaded worm gears and rollers of the
internal ExactDrive are refreshingly quiet, minutely
responsive and backlash-free. True to its name, the
Panther purrs when tracking.”

“Once accurately aligned, the TTS-160
nails every selected object with enviable precision; it
is a delight to use.”

“in azimuth the mount displays an impressively smooth peak-to-peak
PE of around 10 arcseconds in azimuth and
around 14 arcseconds in altitude. A QHY Mini
Guidescope Kit and a QHY5-II autoguider in
conjunction with PHD2 software works well with
this mount, as witness the superb images captured
by UK astro-imager Chris Howey.”

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