The Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Electronics have won a very prestigious award from the editors of Sky and Telescope magazine – their "Hot Product" for 2018.
The Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT with PMC-Eight Electronics is quite unique and special. Most of the serious amateur mounts on the market today offer single processors. The PMC-Eight electronics are extremely robust. We include a 2-Channel Multi-Processor Micro-controller with 8 CPUs that run independently and are completely deterministic in their behavior, thus the name PMC-Eight. Within this multi-processor system is a 64 Kbyte EEPROM Non-Volatile Memory bank used to store parameters; a Wireless Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function which permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or serial port; and Non-Volatile Memory used to store user selected parameters. The electronics also includes an Auto-Guide port (ST4 contact input) and features the only wireless ASCOM driver on the market.
The EXOS2GT with PMC-8 mount features a belt driven system uses 2 timing pulleys (1-45 groove and 1-10 groove) with fiberglass re-enforced neoprene belt connected to a Nema11 bi-polar stepper .67 amps 12ncm motor then connected to the worm. Precise ball bearings in both axes ensures minimal backlash at all nine possible tracking speeds. The head rests on a very tough and rigid stainless steel tripod with adjustable 2" legs from 26.8" to 42.5" and can support up to 28 lbs. of equipment. An AC adapter is included for power and an optional DC cord is available.
This system is all controlled from a Windows PC or Windows Tablet with a beautiful full graphical user interface using our very own ExploreStars OpenGoto® Software. The ExploreStars OpenGoto® Software has the same basic functions as most all other mounts on the market today. ExploreStars is a free App downloadable from the Microsoft App store. This 2-step download includes a standard 2 star or 3 star alignment procedure, over 70,000 star database, the Messier Catalog and Solar System objects.
Download the FREE ExploreStars App. The PMC-Eight mount is all controlled from a Windows PC or Windows Tablet using Windows OS 8.1 or higher with a beautiful full graphical interface using our very own ExploreStarsOpenGoto® Software.
The ExploreStars OpenGoto® Software has the same basic functions as most all other mounts on the market today. The download requires 2 steps. The ExploreStars app - which you download from the Microsoft App Store and then a Celestial database of the major catalogs of objects from Explorestars.com.
Loading the 2 different software packages is really simple. First, download the ExploreStar App by clicking the link above and install it on your Windows OS 8.1 or higher based PC or tablet. Then download the Celestial Database by clicking the link above and after the download is complete, unzip that file. You will find a folder called ExploreStarsComplete and drag that folder into your pictures folder on your Windows OS 8.1 or higher based PC or tablet. Launch the ExploreStars App on your device and give the device a minute or two to upload the Celestial Database. The tablet may say Data Missing. If that occurs, click the "AppBar" button and select the "Load Extra Stars" button. Wait a minute or two and the tablet should be good to go.
The software includes a standard 2 star or 3 star alignment procedure, over 70,000 star database, the Messier Catalog, Solar System objects and many of the most sought after objects for imaging and viewing. The software interface features a Classic four-button pattern for guiding, centering, moving and slewing on the touch screen of your tablet.
An APPBAR button or pull down menus open to offer the intuitive 2 star and 3 star alignment procedure, selection of the various catalogs, guided tours, the sync button, the park position, search feature and the coordinate input screen to enter RA and DEC coordinate information. Numerical key pad allows for selectable and user enterable GOTO speeds for slewing, centering and guiding rates. You can also set sidereal, king, lunar, solar, and user defined tracking rates. The NGC, IC and several other catalogs are included for free via the Celestial Data download.
The Losmandy G-11 mount is moved by high-resolution .9° 400 count stepper motors with a micro stepping controller that makes the motor work at 12,800 steps per revolution with drive rates accurate to a few arc-seconds per day. Slewing rates are up to 4 degrees/sec. We include a direct connection from the stepper motors to the worm block via screw couplers. We also include the RA extension kit so you can slew past the meridian and disassemble the RA and Dec axis for easier transport.
||Explore Scientific G-11 with Explore Scientific PMC-Eight GoTo System
|Load Capacity Equipment Rating
||Instrument Weight: 60 lbs. (27.22 Kilos)
|Load Capacity Total Rating
||Total Weight: 100 lbs.
|Tripod height: Adjustable/Folding
||33” - 48”
||Includes 21 lb counterweight and 1-1/4 inch diameter weight shaft w/safety knob. Optional 7 lb and 11 lb counterweights available.
||Accepts both "D" Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail.
|Weight EQ Head