This parallactic mount has an integrated PMC-8 system , which is a particularly powerful computer control that can be controlled via Wi-Fi with any smartphone or tablet. So they use the excellent PMC electronics with a graphical user interface, the GPS and other options of your smartphone or tablet. These benefits include keeping the required Free ExploreStars app up-to-date automatically. However, virtually any software that supports the ASCOM standard can also be used via the ASCOM interface .
With the app, an intuitive 2-star or 3-star orientation to initialize the GoTo control is possible - this is very easy for beginners and for experienced observers very fast.
The iEXOS-100 has further advantages:
- Smooth axle clamps for easy adjustment
- Micro-stepper motors and precise worm gears in both axes
- Low- noise toothed belt drive without backlash (gear play)
- Mini USB interface for INDI / ASCOM wired PC connection
- ST-4 compatible autoguider interface
This lightweight mount offers a lot of electronics and also has some mechanical under the hood: Ideal as a travel mount or for mobile astrophotography . It is particularly well suited for Apos with 80 to 102 millimeters opening.
Explore Scientific's GoTo PMC-8 controller: The controller consists of a robust controller box that creates a WLAN and provides all the necessary interfaces. So the motors are directly connected by cable to this unit and also an ST-4 compatible autoguider interface is of course available. The controller also supports microstep operation to ensure accurate tracking, as PMC stands for Precision Motion Controller .
To operate the controller, a PC, tablet or smartphone can be used via WLAN (Win 8.1, Win 10, iOS, Android). The specially developed App ExploreStars offers a graphically very successful user interface . Thus the currently possible stars for the initialization of the control and also all celestial objects of the database are displayed as a star map with additional text information. All these objects can be conveniently viewed and selected.
The heart of the controller consists of a completely self-sufficient 2-channel multi-processor with 8 CPUs and a Wifi Ethernet 10/100 adapter with IP function, which allows operation from anywhere via browser, ASCOM, APP or via serial port. Open Goto also promises to be able to write your own firmware and load it into the controller. Thus, individual adjustments of the device functions and also the creation of own object lists etc. are possible.
Please note: Before you start the system for the first time, you must install the ExploreStars app on your Windows device. For more information, visit www.explorestars.com.