ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount

ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount
$16,595.00
Item # A2-DDM85X
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  • This ASA DDM85X Standard Direct Drive Mount is an upgraded version of the basic DDM85.
  • This upgraded product includes the DDM85X Mount plus additional hardware - no pier is included.
  • This version has an impressive loading capacity (instrument weight) of up to 143.3lbs (65kg).
  • Incorporates 85mm thick hollow axles, massive bearings, and very high torque motors.
  • This model is also equipped with very accurate encoders.
  • Includes the Standard Az-El adjustable base hardware.
  • ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount includes the Autoslew software package to control the mount.
  • ASA's Autoslew software provides perfect pointing and tracking operation.
  • The guiding accuracy of the ASA DDM85 Direct Drive Mount is superb!
  • Nominal 12VDC operation, with 1 - 2 amperes draw during slewing.
  • The ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount was designed as an equatorial tracking mount to be attached to a fixed pier or tripod.
  • Pier measurements are client specific; the optional equatorial pier can be made to align to the client's installation site.
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ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount

The ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount was specially developed by ASA with the goal of stability, while retaining good transportability! It incorporates 85mm thick hollow axles, massive tapered roller bearings, and motors providing even higher torque with excellent control. This model is also equipped with very accurate encoders. This version (which is called the "Standard" by ASA) of the DDM85 has an impressive loading capacity, so it will support up to 143.3lbs (65kg) of telescope and instrument weight! Not only that: Its outer case is manufactured from high-grade carbon fiber, which means its appearance stands out among the rest. This mount incorporates the mechanical parts, motors, encoders, and ancillary electronic components necessary to operate as a superb Direct Drive Go-To mount, with the appropriate external computer and software. This model also incorporates wiring internal to the hollow axles, so that the USB ports, the Power connector, and the Data Link sockets are located on the mount plate. This eliminates potential tangling of cables which might occur during tracking or slewing! Requires nominal 12VDC for operation, which can be derived from a car battery. This mount can slew up to 13° per second.

The ASA DDM85X Direct Drive Mount was designed to function as an equatorial mount and to be attached to a tripod or a fixed pier. Because any pier measurements and angles are going to be specific to a particular client's location and requirements, the optional equatorial pier can be manufactured by ASA to be aligned exactly to suit its client's observatory's installation site. The DDM85X Standard Direct Drive Mount by ASA incorporates a base which has two knobs which allow the user to easily adjust the elevation and azimuth of the polar axis, for easier polar alignment! This product also includes the following hardware: an ASA 85DC1 Aluminum Dovetail Plate, and two (2) ASA 5.2kg Counterweights, to make your installation easier!

Customer Note: This product does not include a pier!

In addition to its impressive loading capacity (instrument weight) of up to 143.3lbs (65kg), its higher torque motors and guiding accuracy is second to none and can easily be compared to larger mounts. Especially important to this design was the expertise of Phillip Keller, physicist and engineer, whose years of experience in the area of large telescope systems was invaluable for ASA's product development!

In common with ASA‘s other mounts, the ASA "Autoslew" software provides perfect pointing and tracking operation. ASA‘s Autoslew software package is included with this product, to support automated pointing, precision tracking, and remote control via the internet.

This ASA product is a special order item and requires a 20% deposit when you place your order, and the balance will be required before the item leaves Austria. This deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel your order before the product is imported. Please email OPT or give one of our Telescope experts a call at 1-800-483-6287 if you have any questions relating to technical details or ordering procedures.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU A2-DDM85X
Head Design Equatorial
Tripod or Pier Included? No
GPS Included? No
Electronics Included Computerized - GoTo
Manufacturer ASA
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
# of Counterweights Included 2
Weight of Counterweights (1) 4.5 kg & (1) 9 kg
Tracking Rates Lunar, Sidereal, Solar
Saddle Width Universal - Will adapt to most plates
Weight Capacity 220 lbs.
Leg Length N/A
Material N/A
Power Supply Included DC Battery Adapter
Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South
Latitude Range Not supplied by manufacturer
Weight of Tripod/Monopod N/A
Weight of Head 84lbs
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Included Items

Included Items

  • ASA Direct Drive Mount - DDM85
  • Sequence Software
  • (1) 4.5 kg Counterweight
  • (1) 9 kg Counterweight
  • Dual Saddle Plate, Accommodates both D & V Series Dovetails
  • 465mm Telescope Mounting Plate
  • Counterweight Shaft 600mm
  • Mount Base Plate
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 4x Cables for Internal Wiring
  • 12V Power Supply
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