THE TTS -160 PANTHER TELESCOPE MOUNT
PORTABLE ALT-AZ MOUNT WITH PRECISION EQUATORIAL TRACKING FOR THE DISCERNING ASTRO IMAGER AND OBSERVER
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Setting up and aligning in 7 minutes
With the Panther Mount, the setup and alignment are easy. No levelling or polar alignment is needed. Just set up the pier, mount head and telescope. No tools are needed and there are no loose screws or other small parts to handle in the dark.
For visual observations align on just one object and you have goto and tracking.
For Astrophotography align on just two objects and you have precision goto and tracking.
Observe from the darkest places
The Panther mount has been designed for the easiest transport – no matter if it is into your backyard or remote dark sky sites. Utilising the compact and stable Alt-Az design it has been possible to create a telescope mount much more smooth and simple than competing high-end mounts. The design with no protruding parts leads to that the mount can be transported safely in two compact lightweight bags. No need for bulky transport cases.
A flexible mount system for all your telescopes
The Panther mount system can be configured to match many needs. See some of the possible solutions below. Read more…
Mammoth Mount with Topmounted C14, side mounted TEC140, and side mounted TV 102is.
Top Mounted TEC-140 APO on a Mini Pier.
Side mounted without counterweight arms. Lunt 152mm THA, Meade 8″ SCT.
Top Mounted Bino Telescope Takahashi FS120.
See the Product Configuration Chart…
Equatorial tracking for perfect astrophotography
The many benefits of the Alt-Az mount usually mean you can’t do serious Astrophotography. For the Panther Mount, we have invented a completely new solution to this by introducing the telescope rOTAtor. With this unit installed on the mount head, the telescope will track equatorially for long exposure Astrophotography. Everything is controlled by the internal software based on the initial alignment. Read more…
Or read the articles on the many ways of using Alt-Az technology on our blog at Telescopemount.org
Astrophotos taken by users of the Panther Telescope Mount
To see more astrophotos like this taken by our talented users, go to our gallery here.
M33 – 2.5 hours exposure with Tele Vue NP127is.
Rosette Nebula – 8 hours with Borg 125SD.
Andromeda Galaxy – 5 hours with TEC140 APO.
NGC1333 – 5.5 hours with Tele Vue NP127is.
High-quality Danish Design
All Track the Stars mounts are 100% hand-built from high-quality materials.
Every detail is carefully designed and engineered to guarantee top quality combined with elegant Danish design.
We sky-test all mounts to ensure perfect performance for both visual use and high-quality long exposure astrophotography.
Examples of user set-ups
For more user reviews and set-ups, go to our review page.
Takahashi TOA 150mm APO refractor with Binoviewer.
TOA-130 on the top mount and Lunt 80mm on the side mounted Vixen dovetail saddle.
A Pentax 75 SDHF on the left and a Intes Mk66 deluxe with a Baader C-ERF on the right.
A Celestron 11″ EdgeHD mount on the Panther Mount.
We call it: THE FASTEST WAY TO THE DARKEST SKY
TTS-160 Panther Specifications
|Type||Alt-Az mount with Equatorial tracking|
|Weight Mount Head (with topmount and arms)||16 kg|
|Materials||Black Anodized Aluminium
|Azimuth Drive||Ø100mm bronze worm gear drive combined with second stage friction roller gear. Springloaded worm assembly for zero backlash|
|Altitude Drive||Ø120mm bronze worm gear drive. Springloaded worm assembly for zero backlash|
|Drive Motors||DC servomotors with high resolution encoders (0.10arcsec step size)|
|Power Supply Needed||12V 3A battery|
|Slewing Speed||3 degrees per second|
|Telescope Dovetail||Top Mount has Dual Vixen/Losmandy Dovetail saddle. Additional Vixen size dovetail saddles can be installed on side arms.|
|Telescope Capacity||22 kg on Topmount / 2 * 15 kg on side mount dovetail saddles – depending on telescope length and weight distribution|
|Object Catalogs Installed||Planets, Messier Catalog, NGC Catalog, IC catalog, Bright Star Catalog|
|PC Interface||LX200/ASCOM Interface. Works with all major planetarium and telescope control software packages.|
|Autoguider Port||ST4 compatible port|
|Firmware||The internal firmware is stored inside the mount head and can be updated by the user via the PC interface.|
|Transport Bag size||Diameter 180mm (7inch), Length 600mm (24 inch)|
|Specifications||Specifications are subject to change without notice|