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The Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount has an equipment capacity (not including counterweights) of up to 100 lbs. (45kg) and its weight is a mere 50 lbs. (23 kg)!

Maximum 7 arc second peak to peak periodic error before PEC, and after correction, periodic error is less than 1!

The Software Bisque Paramount MX+ Equatorial Mount provides Paramount ME-like homing, tracking and pointing performance.

Will track 2 hours past meridian without flipping.

Red illuminated deck so you can see what you're doing without having a flashlight handy.

Through body channels for wires, keeps things nice and tidy.


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German equatorial mount design. Instrument capacity (not including the counterweights): 100 lb (45 kg). Maximum payload capacity (instruments plus counterweights): 200 lb (90 kg). Additional counterweights may be required for heavier payloads. Weight of the mount (including the Versa-Plate): 50 lb (23 kg)

Every Paramount MX component is custom machined from 6061 aluminum at Software Bisque's production facility.

The precision worms are machined from brass. Brass worms and aluminum gears that have a maximum seven (7) arcsecond peak-to-peak periodic error before periodic error correction. When periodic error correction is applied, the resulting peak-to-peak periodic error should be approximately one (1) arcsecond or less. Both the right ascension and declination axes have a simple three position mechanical "switch" to engage the worm during normal operation, disengage the worm from the gear when balancing the payload, or lock the axis during transit GEM design allows the right ascension axis to track past the meridian for up to 2 hours (time).

All internal harnesses (cables) and motors are encapsulated inside the body of the mount, just like the Paramount ME. Through the mount access holes allow you to add your own internal cables.

Calibrated polar alignment adjustments that are virtually identical to the Paramount ME. Paramount ME-like homing, tracking and pointing performance. 7.5-inch right ascension and declination gears (375 teeth). 6-inch contact ball bearings in both right ascension and declination.

Periodic error correction curve fitting included with TheSkyX Professional Edition. 45 arcminute bubble level included.

A Paramount MX-style Versa-Plate for attaching optical tube assemblies is included.

Power supply included. Paramount MX power supply specifications: Max Power Output: 80W, Input: 100-240VAC ~47-63 Hz 1.9A, Output: 48V 1.66A max. Two (2) 20 lb (9kg) counterweights included. Note that the Paramount MX and Paramount ME counterweights are identical. 16-in. (41 cm) counterweight shaft included.

Standard Paramount MX wedge can be adjusted to reach latitudes from ten (10) degrees to slightly higher than sixty-five (65) degrees. A Paramount ME-like Latitude Adjustment Wedge is available for latitudes outside this region. Azimuth axis polar axis adjustment range is plus or minus 3.5 degrees from center position (seven degrees total). Altitude and azimuth polar alignment knobs are calibrated, so that making adjustments using the TPoint Polar Alignment Report simple and accurate.

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