Paramount Taurus 400

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Introducing the new Taurus 400 Series 6 equatorial fork.

Taurus equatorial fork mounts allow uninterrupted horizon-to-horizon imaging and accommodate Schmidt-Cassegrain or open-truss telescopes up to 17 inches (0.4 m).

The Paramount Taurus 400 includes the advanced MKS 6000 telescope control system which lets you connect via USB C, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.  Its instrument panel includes high-power XT60 connectors and a pass-through Ethernet port.

Hardware Specifications

  • 150 lb. (68 kg) instrument capacity.
  • All sky pointing accuracies at or below 30 arcseconds RMS (see Software Specifications below for details).
  • No meridian flips or dangling counterweights.
  • Tracks objects up to six (6) hours beyond meridian.
  • Maximum seven (7) arcseconds peak-to-peak periodic error before correction.
  • After a one-time training, periodic error is 1 arcsecond, peak-to-peak or less.
  • Optional 26-bit Renishaw encoders eliminate periodic error and the need for homing and operates in temps as low as –40° C.
  • On-axis absolute encoders can be installed in the field.
  • All electronics and through-the-mount cables are housed inside the mount with ample room for additional cables.
  • Advanced MKS 6000 telescope control system lets you connect via USB C, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.
  • Three high-power XT60 ports on instrument panel.
  • Belt-driven gears with spring loaded worm gears produce virtually zero backlash.
  • Durable and fade-resistant red powder coating and black anodized finish; components are aluminum.
  • Integrated azimuth and elevation polar-alignment adjustments.
  • Counterweight system corrects imbalances from asymmetries in the optical tube and imperfect centering between fork tines.
  • Clutch-free design helps maintain its TPoint™ assisted pointing accuracy.
  • AutoHome™ homing capability ensures the mount always knows its orientation (after performing an initializing process called “homing” that typically takes less a minute or less).
  • Exceptionally comfortable access to eyepieces.
  • Power supply and PC-to-mount cabling included.
  • Includes Hand Controller for manual mount operation.


Software Specifications  

  • Paramount’s unsurpassed pointing and tracking wouldn’t be possible without its TPoint™ and ProTrack™ software.
  • By employing TPoint’s calibration and telescope modeling tools, you’ll enjoy all sky pointing accuracies at or below 30 arcseconds RMS. Nothing outperforms that — and that's without on-axis absolute encoders.
  • Operating in conjunction with TPoint™, ProTrack™ continuously updates the mount’s position across both axes to correct system-wide tracking errors including tube flexures, atmospheric refraction, polar misalignment, harmonic errors from mis-centered encoders, and more.
  • On-axis absolute encoders alone cannot correct such errors which exist with all telescopes. A properly applied telescope model is necessary to achieve superior tracking.
  • Without those encoders, 5-to-10-minute unguided exposures are common with many enjoying up to 20 minutes.
  • Its included software is integrated into a single, easy-to-use, application consisting of TheSky™ Professional, TPoint, Cameras+, Domes, Multi-OS+, and Weather modules. Enjoy the simplicity of controlling your cameras and astrophotography devices with one application. The included TheSky™ Universal Bundle represents a $1,095 value.
  • Its Accurate Polar Alignment feature does not require pole visibility.
  • Compatible with Windows™, macOS™, and Linux (arm64 and x86_64 processors).
  • TheSky's user-interface is consistent across all operating systems. You can install TheSky on multiple operating simultaneously on up to six computers per OS.
  • Why paint yourself or your institution into a corner?


Operating System:
Android 3.1, Honeycomb

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