Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Equatorial Mount with PMC-Eight GoTo System - ES-EXOS2GTPMCT3-00
The award winning Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT PMC-Eight Equatorial Mount with its 28 lb instrument payload capacity for astrophotography is an excellent choice for many of Explore Scientific's telescopes as well for the visual astronomer where the instrument payload capacity can be pushed much more, providing a solid very portable solution for those who want to use a larger telescope that would normally require a much larger equatorial platform.
For telescope tracking mounts, there are generally two different specs: instrument payload capacity for astrophotography, and instrument payload capacity for visual use.
Payload capacity ratings for visual are normally much higher than for astrophotography because with added weight beyond a certain point, there is an increase in tracking error (e.g. periodic error, etc.). For the EXOS2 GT PMC-Eight the instrument payload capacity for astrophotography is 28lbs + counterweights. And for visual use, the instrument payload capacity is 40 lbs + counterweights.
Note that we chose stepper motors for the PMC-Eight instead of DC servo motors because they can handle incredible strain and not damage mechanical nor electronic components.
Explore Scientific's PMC-Eight GOTO system can be controlled wirelessly or wired with a tablet or PC, with Windows 8.1 or 10, Android, Amazon Fire, or iOS, with a free app called ExploreStars. Tablet must be purchased separately.
The ExploreStars App controls any PMC-Eight mount by means of an intuitive graphical interface. Among other features ExploreStars offers both 2-star and 3-star alignment procedures, educational information and images of the more popular celestial objects, and a choice of over 80,000 objects for viewing.
The ExploreStars object database encompasses a wide range of celestial objects including those in the Solar System, the Messier Catalog, the New General Catalog, and the Index Catalog, as well as a collection of over 70,000 stars. The Celestial Database also includes educational material and images for many of the more popular objects. This database is available as a separate updatable component of the ExploreStars software system. It can expand over time and any ExploreStars implementation can easily be updated by downloading a fresh copy of the Celestial Database. In fact, the educational material and images within the database can be customized by each individual user using Microsoft Access.
In addition to ExploreStars, we provide an ASCOM interface that will allow a huge range of star map software to control the PMC-Eight. Here are just are some examples that are currently available: ACP; APT; AST / ATC & Ricerca (Omega Lab); AstroArt; AstroMB; Cartes du Ciel / Sky Chart; CCD AutoPilot; DeepSky; Deepsky Planner; DFM Engineering; Earth Centered Universe Pro; EasySky; Eye and Telescope; Project Pluto; Hallo Northern Sky; Maxim DL; MaxPoint; PinPoint Astrometric; Prism; Sequence Generator Pro; Sidereal Technology; The Sky; SkyMap Software; SkyTools 3; Star Atlas PRO; Sky Observer; StarryNight; Stellarium; and Virtual Moon Atlas.
EXOS2GT with PMC-Eight GoTo Mount payload capacity: 28 lbs of instrument weight for astrophotography; 40 lbs instrument weight for visual. Total weight without counterweights 30 lbs. Head weight 13.4 lbs. Tripod weight 13 lbs. Includes (2) 11.25 lb counterweight and AC adapter. Note: Carbon Fiber Telescopes may need a lighter counterweight. If you need a lighter counterweight, please contact customer service.
Stainless Steel Tripod with bubble level and 2" stainless steel legs. Extends from 26.8" to 42.5".
Belt-Driven Stepper motors with computerized GoTo features using ExploreStars with a Windows 8.1 or higher based PC, laptop or tablet or ASCOM Compatible Software and ES ASCOM driver.
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Full Moon Optics
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First Texas Products (Night Owl Optics / Bounty Hunter / Teknetics / Fisher Lab)
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OUR PRODUCTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WARRANTY:
Your product is not only warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Athlon will also repair or replace, at no charge to you, your product if it becomes damaged through normal use. No receipt needed, no registration required. This is a commitment that Athlon will be the best product you can buy for your money.
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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC / EXPLORE FIRSTLIGHT / BRESSER / ALPEN OPTICS / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / VIXEN:
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Microscopes: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty once registered within 60 days
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FULL MOON OPTICS:
Full Moon Optics products carry a limited 3 year warranty on all parts except the thermal core (thermal core include a 1 year warranty).
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GERMAN PRECISION OPTICS (GPO):
GPO, USA is 100% confident that all our product will not only function perfectly, but will exceed your expectations. Therefore, GPO, USA has created an industry leading Spectacular Lifetime Warranty™. With outstanding professional service, we will take of our products before, during and after your purchase at no charge to you, EVER. If your product is not functioning properly, GPO, USA will repair or replace it with a product in perfect working condition.* We at GPO know that you have chosen to trust us by purchasing one of our premium products and we understand that this trust is important. The GPO, USA Spectacular Lifetime Warranty™ applies to every GPO product bought in the United States, no matter where you purchased it, no matter how long you have had it. In addition to this “best in class” service, GPO trusts our retail partners to also service your needs. If you prefer to return a damaged or non-functioning GPO product to the retailer where you have purchased your optic, GPO authorizes the retailer to replace your item “on the spot”. This level of service is unsurpassed in the industry. Trust in GPO. You will not be disappointed.
All Newcon Optik products carry a comprehensive 1 year warranty.
Built for a lifetime of performance - if at any time your Leupold product doesn’t perform, Leupold will repair or replace it for free - whether you're the original owner or not. You don’t need proof of ownership or a warranty card, and there’s no time limit.
All Luna Optics products carry a limited 1 year warranty.
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More than half of Weems & Plath products carry a lifetime warranty, while other products carry a 2-year warranty.
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