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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Mounts - Equatorial > Classified #797770

For Sale: New Paramount ME? IN STOCK!!

Ad No.: 797770
Seller: Anacortes Telescope
Price: $15,000.00
S & H: Buyer pays shipping
Payment: Credit Card, Personal or Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer, Instant Cash Wire Transfer, Cash
Posted: 10/24/2012 3:33 PM
Location: 9973 Padilla Heights Road
Anacortes, WA - United States
Phone: 800-850-2001
Ad Hits: 9455
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and ordering information.

Comparison of the Paramount ME II and Paramount ME**

Paramount ME II
Paramount ME
Control system electronics
MKS 5000
MKS 4000
Counterweight shaft diameter
1.875" (ME II can also accept the ME counterweight shaft)
30 lb (14 kg), 1 included
20 lb (9 kg), 2 included
Declination bearing
8" (48 contact points)
6" (14 contact points)
Declination gear diameter
Declination housing
5" x 0.5" wall 6061 aluminum tubing
Rectangular aluminum box (6061)
Declination shaft diameter
Declination worm diameter
Degrees past meridian
Motor diameter
Motor torque
30 in-oz
11 in-oz
On axis encoder (optional)
See details below
Physical hard stop position
Power supply
200 W
80 W
Right ascension bearing
8" (48 contact points)
8.6? (18 contact points)
Right ascension gear diameter
Right ascension housing
7" x 0.5" wall 6061 aluminum tubing
Rectangular aluminum box (6061)
Right ascension shaft diameter
Right ascension worm diameter
Software included
? TheSkyX Professional Edition
? TPoint Add On
? Camera Add On
? Multi-OS and Six License Add On for Mac and Windows

Bisque Observatory Software Suite
Through the mount cabling
Large diameter cable conduits (no mount disassembly required)
Smaller diameter cable conduits (some mount disassembly required)
USB ports on Instrument Panel
Two (2)
Weight (mount)
84 lb (38 kg)
69 lb (31 kg)
Weight capacity (total payload without counterweights)
240 lb (109 kg)
150 lb (68 kg)
**Specifications subject to change without notice.

The Paramount ME II and the Paramount MX
On-Axis Encoder Details
Software Bisque plans to offer optional on-axis encoders for the Paramount ME II in mid-2013. The tentative (and subject to change) details about optional on-axis encoders are below:

Will be an optional component for the right ascension axis and/or the declination axis of the Paramount ME II.

Should allow all sky pointing accuracy (with TPoint) to 5 arcseconds or less.

Essentially eliminate periodic error.

Axis always knows its orientation (no homing required).

The Paramount ME II right ascension and declination axes are already designed to accept on-axis encoder hardware and cabling.

Paramount ME IIs purchased before the on-axis encoders are available must be returned to Software Bisque for on-axis encoder installation.

Must be installed by Software Bisque and cannot be installed by third-parties.

Cost an estimated $3,000.00 per axis.

Software Bisque will email all registered Paramount ME II owners when they are available.

On-axis encoders will not be available for the Paramount MX Robotic Telescope Mount or the earlier generation Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount.

While on-axis encoders have many benefits (see above), they should not be considered the "panacea" for taking long, unguided photos. Fortunately, TPoint's ProTrack (a technology exclusive to Paramount mounts) compensates for flexing OTAs, differential refraction and other external factors that degrade tracking accuracy and cannot be "fixed" by on-axis encoding.

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