Payment and delivery questions
What countries do you ship to?
We ship to all countries. Shipment is done via Courier companies and the cost is displayed in the cart when you have input your address. Note that we have local dealers in some countries.
How can I pay?
It’s possible to make a bank transfer or pay via PayPal. If you wish to pay via credit card it’s handled via PayPal (account not needed). If you pay via bank transfer a 2% discount is offered.
What does shipping of the mount cost?
Shipping cost depends on the articles you order and your address. To find the exact shipping price add the items to the cart and input shipping address. The shipping cost will be shown before you place the order and you can cancel any time.
Mount technical questions
What is the difference between the TTS-160 Panther Mount and a German Equatorial Mount?
The TTS-160 Panther Mount is an Alt/azimuth mount. The alt/az mount has many advantages compared to the German Equatorial Mount: More compact stable design, only one axle to balance, no polar alignment needed, can view the entire sky while keeping eyepieces, cameras etc. placed in the same user friendly angle (no meridian flip). The traditional alt/az mount has one problem when taking long exposure astrophotos: Field rotation. With the TTS-160 Panther mount this problem is eliminated using the unique telescope rOTAtor. So true equatorial tracking is provided in a compact, stable and fast package – just like the pros have done for years.
How compact is the TTS-160 Panther Mount when transporting?
The mount head and pier is in two identical bags 600mm(24”) long and 180mm (7”) in diameter.
Why is the TTS-160 Panther so easy to transport and setup?
The slim and smooth design makes the transport bags compact compared to the bulky cases needed for German Equatorial Mounts (due to the nature of the axle crossing). The setup process is speeded up as no levelling or polar alignment is needed.
How do I polar align the TTS-160 Panther Mount?
You don’t. Polar alignment is not needed even for long exposure astrophotograpy.
Is it possible to take long exposure astrophotos with the TTS-160 Panther Mount?
Yes. The basic mount tracks any celestial object. The optional telescope rOTATor rotates the entire telescope eliminating field rotation and provides perfect equatorial tracking.
How does the Telescope rOTATor work?
The telescope rOTAtor installs between the mount dovetail saddle and the dovetail on the telescope. It rotates the entire telescope (OTA) – and any piggybacked guide telescope or telephoto lens – around the optical axis of the telescope. The rotation eliminates the effects of field rotation and provides perfect equatorial tracking.
How long subs is it possible to take with the TTS-160 Panther Mount?
1 to 3 hours depending on where in the sky the object is placed. More than enough time for any type of imaging.
How do I guide the TTS-160 Panther mount when taking astrophotos?
The TTS-160 Panther mount has an ST4 compatible guide port and can be guided with off axis guiders or separate guide telescopes. Pulse guiding via the ASCOM interface is also available
Is it possible to control the TTS-160 Panther mount from a PC or IPAD?
Yes. The TTS-160 Panther Mount works via an ASCOM interface and can be controlled from all major astronomical software packages. Wifi control can easily be achieved via a Wifi adapter.
Is it possible to mount more telescopes on the TTS-160 Panther Mount?
Yes. It is possible to install two extra dovetail saddles on the counterweights arms allowing for mounting three separate telescopes simultaneously. It is also possible to install two telescopes side by side without the need for counterweights.
How is it possible to make a very precise drive inside the compact enclosure?
The mount uses a special designed drive combining a roller friction drive with a worm gear drive. This combination gives a precise drive with a very smooth running.