Equatorial tracking but NO polar alignment
Long exposure astrophotography without polar alignment. Too good to be true… No. With the Telescope rOTAtor installed on the TTS160 Panther mount that’s exactly what you can do. And it’s so simple that beginners can use it and yet so precise that it can match the most experienced experts.
Install and forget
The Telescope rOTAtor is easily installed by inserting the bottom dovetail into the saddle on the telescope mount. The top of the rOTAtor has its dovetail saddle where the telescope is mounted. Connect the power and signal cable and you are ready to take images. The internal software in the mount head controls the speed and direction of the rOTAtor.
The telescope rOTAtor rotates the entire Optical Tube Assembly or the OTA. This means that any equipment installed on the OTA is rOTAted too. Therefore you can use a piggybacked guide telescope for guiding or taking long-exposure images with telephoto lenses mounted on top of the OTA.
Set up, point and shoot
When using the TTS-160 Panther with the Telescope rOTAtor astrophotography is fast and simple. Setup the mount with the rOTAtor without doing any levelling. Align on two stars and the combined system is ready for imaging. The rOTAtor will automatically wind to the correct side and start derotating when the object has been centred. Guiding is done via the ST4 compatible port on the mount.