This is already being done now except that one still has to manually turn the altitude and azimuth adjustment knobs on the mount in the direction and by the amount indicated by the software. How would you like four (4) arc-second RMS all sky pointing on your Paramount? It's called T-point. Mind you, it does take more than a few minutes to achieve this. It takes a few hours. But it's practically effortless as T-point and the mount do all the grunt work while you sip your hot chocolate and browse CN.
Not if you want to do long-exposure photography with no field rotation, but I think there's a good chance that mounts will be developed that can do it themselves with very, VERY high accuracy. All it would take was some motors on the altitude and azimuth adjustments on a GEM, a CCD camera and a computer that could talk with the camera, the mount and the adjustment motors and then run an automated drift alignment procedure. Given the sensitivity of the CCD, it could probably be done in a few minutes.
The future of mounts--any thoughts?
Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:34 AM
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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:30 PM
If I remember correctly, the entry level Chronos costs about the same and an entry level Software Bisque Paramount. So if you are considering buying a new High-End Mount you should give serious consideration to getting a Chronos Mount.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 08:00 PM
b) integrated USB, wifi, bluetooth (getting rid of those adapters and obsolete parallel ports...plug&play instead of pray)
c) LiPo - way lighter and smaller than those 1900ish bulky leadboxes
d) portable and precise mounts for AP
e) gems will still be around - but instead of counterweights we'll use another scope to gather more light.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 09:58 PM
I for one would like to know more. If you haven't already, can you write a review?
I own a Chronos HD32HPO Mount (250lbs max load) and I’m very happy with it.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:27 PM