The availability on the market of more and more advanced and flexible astronomical imaging systems has opened new windows to the sky. Today, ultra-high definition and ultra-high speed imaging is within the amateur's reach far more that what was predictable ten years ago. 10 Micron's products evolved at the same pace over the last 10 years in terms of tracking and pointing accuracy and speed. The HPS series mounts are now at the peak of this process.
Every observer knows that when you are under the sky you have little time and each set up operation comes with the risk of compromising the night. Having excellent performance on paper means nothing if many complex set up operations are required before reaching that performance. This is the reason 10 Micron mounts are designed around the user's needs, and not to enforce the mount's way of operation on the user.
10 Micron mounts are now used in the field as well as in remote observatory sites, in educational observatories as well as in the extreme climates of northern Canada and the Atacama Desert.
All three 10 Micron HPS mounts, the GM1000HPS, GM2000HPS and GM4000HPS mounts are now available from Deep Space Products in the US. Deep Space Products will not only be selling the mounts, but will be handling all of the technical support and warranty or non-warranty repairs for the mounts in the US so you don't have to worry about dealing with an overseas vendor or manufacturer for support or service issues.
The GM1000HPS mount weighs only 43 lbs. while having an instrument load capacity of 55 lbs. sufficient for many imager's needs and easily field transportable.
The GM1000HPS starts at $8950 for the mount head alone or $11,400 for a complete field-ready package.
The GM2000HPS mount weighs 62 lbs. for the single-piece Monolithic version or 60 lbs. for the two-piece Ultra Portable version either version having an instrument load capacity of 132 lbs. ideal for high-end portable use or permanent observatory mounting.
The GM2000HPS starts at $14,500 or $15,075 respectively for the Monolithic or Ultra Portable mount heads alone. Complete field-ready kits start at $19,410 for the Monolithic or $20,120 for the Ultra Portable. In addition, the standard steel Centaurus steel tripod can be upgraded to a carbon fiber version with the complete kits for only and additional $395.
The GM4000HPS mount weighs only 264 lbs. and has an instrument load capacity of 330 lbs. sufficient to hold some of today's larger astronomy instruments.
The GM4000HPS starts at $27,100 for the mount head and electronics alone.
This fall 10 Micron expects to release the GM3000HPS with a capacity in the 220 lbs. range and a starting price around $18,450. The GM3000HPS prototype was displayed at the ATT Exhibition in Essen, Germany in May.
To celebrate the introduction of the 10 Micron mounts to the US market, the GM1000HPS, GM2000HPS and GM4000HPS a la carte and complete mount kits are on sale until July 4, 2013 with savings starting at $445 to over $1355.
10 Micron HPS Mounts Available in the US
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