A GOTO system for Takahashi NJP mounts. Can be used as a stand-alone system or linked via a serial port to your PC for remote operation. Compatible with The Sky, emulating an LX200. Slewing rates as high as 400X, with a database of all Messier objects, 3,169 NGC objects up to mag 13.9, 344 IC objects, sun and planets, and 168 reference stars of mag 3.0 and greater. The microstepper motors are ESCAP model P530.004 with API Positran 12:1 gear reduction. The drive gears on the reducer output shaft provide a final reduction of 6912 and 6720 on RA and DEC, respectively. Other features include PEC, Spiral Track to find an object, programmable rates, Comet RA and DEC tracking, an energy-saving mode, and Timer function. The motors are directly mounted on the NJP using the same brackets that are used for the standard Tak motors. Requires 12VDC, either from a power supply or battery. Rates that are built-in are Moon, Sun, Comet, Earth (no tracking) and Stars (sidereal).
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GOTO Drive FS-2, 12/40 VDC version, having
- Autoguider Interface
- Autoguider Cable
- Serial Interface
- Encoder Interface (optional use, not required for operation)
- Hand Controller with 5 meter cable
- NJP 160 Motor Set with mounting adapters and cables
My original cost for this system was $1,800 delivered from Astro-Electronic in Germany. I am asking $1,000 cash including insured shipment within the CONUS, or an attractive trade. I will also ship internationally at the purchaser's expense.
If you are interested in this offer and have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them. You can also reach me at home at the number listed.
Thanks for looking,