Track the Stars
Enghoejvej 17, 3660 Ganloese, Denmark
The Danish company Track The Stars rolls out its TTS-160 Panther (starting at €3,887, or about U.S. $5,200), a modular Go To portable telescope pier. TTS-160 is an alt-azimuth tracking pier using an innovative counterweight system for maximum portability. The mount features 120-mm and 100-mm bronze worm gears in its altitude and azimuth axes for smooth tracking, driven by DC servo drives with optical encoders for precise slewing up to 3.5° per second. The mount can support telescopes up to about 50 pounds (23 kilograms), depending on the telescope’s length, and accepts the popular Losmandy D-style mounting plate system. Its Go To computer includes all the Messier, NGC, and IC catalogs, plus all the planets, and it connects to a PC via a RS-232 interface using the LX200 protocol. The TTS-160 is capable of deep-sky astrophotography with the optional de-rotator attachment and accepts autoguider commands via a standard ST-4 port. See the manufacturer’s website for additional options, accessories, and features.
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