PARAMOUNT ME II Telescope Mount

PARAMOUNT ME II Telescope Mount

PARAMOUNT ME II Telescope Mount


Night after night, discovery after discovery and year after year, the Paramount ME is the backbone of your observing program

Διαθέσιμο με Προπαραγγελία

Διαθέσιμο με Προπαραγγελία

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PARAMOUNT ME II Telescope Mount

paramount ME II

-- carries telescope weights up to 109kg (depending on the leverage effect)
-- own weight of 38 kg (mount head)
-- internal cables through the polar axe for more space for accessories and cabeling
-- Perriodic error is only 7 arcseconds (peak to peak, without PEC compensation)
-- Positioning in 30 arcseconds range (with TPoint software)
-- Both axes are absolutely free of backlash
-- Positioning and tracking until 3h past the meridian
-- Absolute encoder optional, as well as other accessories ...

Software included:

-- TheSkyX Professional Edition
-- TPoint Add On
-- Camera Add On
-- Multi-OS and Six License Add On for Mac and Windows

The Observatory Workhorse

Night after night, discovery after discovery and year after year, the Paramount ME is the backbone of your observing program.  Its German equatorial design employs research-grade gears that provide unsurpassed tracking performance and can shoulder 68 kg (150 lb) of imaging payload.  The Paramount ME is designed for uninterrupted, carefree, local or remote operation.  The system includes the vertically integrated Bisque Observatory Software Suite as well as the Bisque MKS 4000™ dual-axis DC servomotor control system with USB and serial interface, and AutoHome™ start-up.


paramount MX vs ME

Photo showing both the Paramount ME II and the Paramount MX Robotic Telescope Mount

Τεχνικά Χαρακτηριστικά
Καθ.Βάρος (γρ.) 38000
Χαρτοκιβώτιο 1 635 x 635 x 457 mm ( 34 Kg )
Χαρτοκιβώτιο 2 610 x 254 x 152 mm ( 11.3 Kg )
Χαρτοκιβώτιο 3 305 x 305 x 305 mm ( 27 Kg )

The table below compares the Paramount ME II and Paramount ME

Component   Paramount ME II  Paramount ME 
Control system electronics MKS 5000  (Fifth generation)
One board  includes all ports and control system  electronics
MKS 4000 (gen 4) and Adaptor Panel
Two board design; Adaptor Panel includes plug in ports; MKS 4000 board contains the control system electronics. 
Counterweight shaft
  • 47 cm (18.5 in.)x 4.8 cm (1.875 in.)
  • Carries up to six counterweights
  •  46  (18 in.) long and 3.8 cm (1.5 in.) in diameter
  • Carries up to six counterweights
Counterweights  14 kg (30 lb), two  included  9 kg (20 lb), two included
Declination bearing  8-in (48 contact points)  6-in (14 contact points)
Declination gear diameter  9.5 in.  7.5 in.
Declination housing   5 in. x 0.5 in. wall 6061 aluminum tubing  Rectangular aluminum box (6061)
Declination shaft diameter  3.0 in.  2.0 in.
Declination worm diameter  1.0 in.  0.75 in.
Hours past meridian (track and slew)  2  0.33
Maximum slew speed  4 degrees per second in right ascension and declination  3.5 degrees per second in right ascension, 5 degrees per second in declination
Motor diameter  2.3 in.  1.7 in.
Motor torque  30 in-oz  11 in-oz
On axis encoder (optional)  See details below  None
Physical hard stop position  Configurable  Fixed
Power supply  221 W (+48VDC, 4.6A max.)  80 W
Right ascension bearing   8 in. (48 contact points)  8.6 in. (18 contact points)
Right ascension gear diameter  11.4 in.  11.4 in.
Right ascension housing  7 in. x 0.5 in. wall 6061 aluminum tubing  Rectangular aluminum box (6061)
Right ascension shaft diameter  3.0 in.  2.5 in.
Right ascension worm diameter   1.0 in.  1.0 in.
Software included
  •  TheSkyX Professional Edition for Mac
  • TheSkyX Professional Edition for Windows
  • TPoint Add On (Mac and Windows)
  • Camera Add On (Mac and Windows)
  • Multi-OS and Six License Add On for Mac and Windows
 Bisque Observatory Software Suite
Through the mount cabling  Large diameter cable conduits. Cables can be run through the mount without altering polar alignment, removing the optical tube assembly, or altering the polar alignment and no mount disassembly is required. Smaller diameter cable conduits, some mount disassembly required when adding cables.
USB ports on Instrument Panel  Two (2)  None
Weight (mount body with no payload)  38 kg (84 lb)  31 kg (69 lb)
Weight capacity (total payload without counterweights)  109 kg (240 lb)  68 kg (150 lb)

On Axis Encoders Executive Summary

  •     Mount is easier to use by eliminating the need to initialize the mount's position (through homing or synchronization) at start up or after power loss.
  •     Provides improved pointing and tracking accuracy by continuously monitoring the position of the main gear, as opposed to encoder mounted directly to the motor's drive shaft, the Paramount ME II, with TPoint, can achieve an estimated five (5) arcsecond RMS all sky pointing.
  •     Virtually eliminates errors caused by periodic error as well as the need to train periodic error.
  •     Optional component can lower total costs by mounting one one on-axis to the right ascension axis (homing in declination would still be required.)
  •     Transparent operation; the on-axis encoder hardware and electronic sensors are integral to the mount's mechanical design and integrated into the MKS 5000 control system electronics as well as TheSkyX Professional Edition.
  •     Cost. On axis encoder technology is expensive.
  •     Availability: The on-axis encoder option is not presently available.
  •     Relatively small performance gains: The improvements in pointing tracking and tracking accuracy are relatively minor.  For example, without on-axis encoders, the Paramount ME II, on a stable pier, with a robust payload, periodic error correction enabled, and a TPoint Super Model based on 200 or more pointing samples, can achieve 10 arcsecond all sky RMS pointing accuracy and 15 minute unguided exposures at moderate focal lengths with tracking errors less than one arcsecond.


Software Bisque will offer optional on-axis encoders for the Paramount ME II; the estimated ship date at this time is late 2014.  The tentative (and subject to change) details about optional on-axis encoders are below:

  •     Optional component for the right ascension axis and/or the declination axis.
  •     Will allow all sky RMS pointing accuracies (with TPoint modeling) to five (5) arcseconds or less.
  •     Periodic errors in the worm gear/main gear drive mechanics are virtually eliminated, and periodic error training is not required.
  •     The axis that has the on-axis encoders always knows its mechanical orientation so that no homing or mount synchronization is necessary.
  •     The Paramount ME II's right ascension and declination axes are already designed to accept on-axis encoder hardware and cabling.
  •     Paramount ME IIs purchased before the on-axis encoders are available must be returned to Software Bisque for on-axis encoder installation.  In other words, on-axis encoders must be installed by authorized Software Bisque personnel and cannot be installed by third-parties.
  •     The estimated cost of the hardware and installation is $3,000.00 per axis.
  •     Software Bisque will email all registered Paramount ME II owners when they are available.
  •     On-axis encoders will not be available for the Paramount MX Robotic Telescope Mount or the earlier generation Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount.

While on-axis encoders have many advantages as described above, they should not be considered the "panacea" for taking long, unguided photos. Fortunately, TPoint's ProTrack (a software technology exclusive to Paramount mounts) compensates for external factors such as optical tubes that bend and differential refraction that conspire to degrade pointing and tracking accuracy and cannot be "fixed" with on-axis encoders.

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