Compact fork mounted equatorial design for tracking horizon-to-horizon without merdian flip
Can accommodate 70-180kg payload (0.4m to 0.6m telescopes) with accessories
Assembled in one hour from 5 components
Belt driver gears and spring loaded worm for virtually backlash free operation
Dual axis high precision encoders (optional on Model 400)
Through-the-mount cabling for no cable snagging
The Paramount MEII is one of the most popular German equatorial mounts for advanced amateur astronomers or semi- and professional observatories. However, like all German equatorial mounts it has its disadvantages - such as meridian flips. Think of a Paramount ME II that doesn't have such disadvantages....welcome to the Paramount Taurus!
The Paramount Taurus is a compact equatorial fork mount that will track objects from horizon to horizon without the need for a meridian flip. There are 4 versions currently available:
Model 400: for 0.4/17" class telescopes (e.g. CDK17) up to 70kg
Model 400 OAE: Same specification as above but with absolute dual on-axis encoders (OAE) fitted
Model 500: for 0.5m class telescopes up to 180kg
Model 600: for 0.6m class telescopes up to 180 kg
The mount disassembles into five separate components with each weighing less than approx. 41kg, and all can be assembled in less than an hour, making for an easy installation. The video below shows how the Paramount Taurus can be easily assembled.
The video above shows how quickly the Paramount Taurus can be assembled. Keep an eye on the clock in front of the base of the mount for the timing.
The equatorial mount is suitable (out of the box) for locations between 0-58 degrees latitude. For the highest precision pointing and tracking, high resolution on-axis encoders are standard on some models (500 and 600) and optional on the entry level model (400). The mount has a number of features already found on the ME II such as through-the-mount internal cabling and belt driven gears with spring loaded work resulting in virtually zero backlash. The mount also comes with the highly regarded TheSkyX Pro software suite with Add Ons ProTrack, DirectGuide, SuperModel, Camera Add On and T-Point.
Equatorial dual fork mount
PALYOAD CAPACITY (KG)
Taurus 400/400OAE: 65kg
Taurus 500/600: 180kg
CONTROL SYSTEM ELECTRONICS
MKS 5000 dual-axis motion control system
TheSky Professional Edition, Camera Add On, TPoint Add On, Dome Add On