Configurable telescope mount system
The TTS-160 Panther telescope mount head is the heart of the highly flexible and configurable mount system. It’s possible to configure mount set-ups for visual observations, long exposure astrophotography, and several telescopes in parallel or ultra-compact travel setups. See the configuration chart for details.
Alt-Az telescope mount for stability, compactness and fast setup
Professional astronomers have known for years that the most compact and stable telescope mount is the ALT-AZ configuration. Now it’s available for you too. The benefit is a mount that’s stable, very compact and easy to transport, and very fast to set up.
Fits in just one compact transport bag.
Precise goto and tracking
The TTS-160 Panther Mount can automatically go to any objects selected from the Handpad or a connected PC, Ipad, iPhone, etc. Precise tracking for astrophotography with autoguiding capabilities.
Perfect eyepiece position, no meridian flip
The Alt-Az movement pattern of the telescope mount ensures the eyepiece is always at a perfect viewing angle. This is especially important when using Bino Viewers.
The mount never needs to perform a meridian flip (unlike German Equatorial Mounts). Therefore all your installed equipment (finders, guide scopes, cameras, filter wheels …) always stays in the best position where you can easily access it and you avoid cables being twisted unnecessarily. Finally keeping the optical tube assembly at the same angle minimizes the risk of destroying good collimation of the optics by turning them upside down.
Simplicity on the outside, the technology inside
All the technology and delicate working parts are sealed inside smooth anodized aluminium cylinders, so dirt, dust and moisture stay out. The streamlined, compact design also protects the mount from damage during transport or storage.
Convenient hand pad and intuitive user interface
enable easy operation – even with your gloves on! – The handpad is specially designed to ensure simple operation. No need to search for the right button. Roller knobs make it possible to navigate through the interface quickly. The goto function lets you track any object in the extensive object catalogue.
You can connect a PC via the ASCOM (LX200) compatible connector to control the mount with any astronomy software supporting the ASCOM standard. Autoguiders can be connected through the dedicated ST4 standard connector. Finally, the TTS-160 Panther Mount has a connector for the control of the optional telescope rOTAtor and a connector for the handpad.
Exact Drive – high precision tracking in a compact design
To be able to track the sky very precisely over long periods it is necessary to have a drive system with low and very smooth periodic error. Most high-quality German equatorial mountings on the market try to solve this problem with large-diameter worm gear drives. This large-diameter worm gear results in mountings that are large and heavy. For the TTS-160 Panther Az-drive, we have created a drive system we call “Exact Drive”. A unique combination of a worm gear and a roller drive ensures optimal tracking performance – with lower periodic error values and no sudden changes in tracking speed. And, unlike other worm-gear drives, the TTS-160 is lighter and easier to carry.
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