The PlaneWave T-600 gimbal is engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding applications. The T-600 is capable of carrying payloads on each side of the altitude axis for applications where multiple instruments are necessary. With rugged environments in mind, the T-600 comes standard with 2-layer non-contact sealing at each motion-surface to prevent water (light-to-moderate rain) and debris entry.
The mount is equipped with direct drives motors as well as high-resolution encorders. The software is ASCOM compatible and the direct drive motors can move the telescope at incredible speeds for tracking satellites.
In its Alt/Az configuration it is considerably more compact than its equatorial counterpart, allowing a larger telescope to fit in a smaller enclosure. The mass it takes to make a rigid alt/az mount is substantially less, leading to cost savings. Unlike German Equatorial mounts, there are no meridian flips to deal with, and no large protruding counterweights to create a dangerous hazard in a public observatory. Alt/Az is more intuitive to use and no polar alignment is needed.
*The T-600 performance specifications - due to higher bandwidth drives, higher torque motors and a far more rigid body of the gimbal - are very conservative and are currently based on the performance of the L-series PlaneWave Gimbals.
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