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Explore Scientific - Losmandy G-11 with Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Go-To System (Special Order)

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The Explore Scientific/Losmandy G-11 was designed by Explore Scientific’s Engineers, and features the PMC-Eight, which represents a new approach to robotic precision motion control for telescope mounts with a robust eight... Read more

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SKU: ES-G11PMC8-00N/A

The Explore Scientific/Losmandy G-11 was designed by Explore Scientific’s Engineers, and features the PMC-Eight, which represents a new approach to robotic precision motion control for telescope mounts with a robust eight processor electronics board for a wide range of software clients. While the design is innovative, we are doing what no other telescope company has done, and that is to make the controlling interface language and example software code open source, so that programmers in the astronomical community can create new platforms and new astronomy GoTo experiences to best suit their needs for casual observations and research.

The result is a robust high-end equatorial mount that offers either hardwired or wireless connectivity with a computer running any ASCOM-compatible software. For users without such software, Explore Scientific provides an intuitive mount control graphical interface software package called ExploreStars, which is downloadable from the Microsoft App Store, Google Play, or iTunes App Store at no charge. ExploreStars is currently available for Windows 8.1 and 10, Android, Amazon Fire, and Apple tablets. Tablets and computers must be purchased separately.

The equatorial mount underlying the Explore Scientific/Losmandy G-11 with PMC-Eight GoTo system is a modified version of the Losmandy G-11. For example, Explore Scientific has replaced the servo motors in the standard G-11 with stepper motors to more precisely control the motor rate to .01 arc seconds per second. Another modification is the use of helical couplers on each axis ($175 value on each axis) to provide more reliable operation and higher performance by connecting the worm and motor more securely in the RA and DEC axes. Moreover, the Explore Scientific’s modified mount includes the Losmandy RA extension (a $295 value) (the 0.6" saddle plate extension is not necessary with our setup) that not only allows the mount to track beyond the meridian but also allows the 35-pound mount head to be separated into components of 15 and 20 pounds for easy transportation.

The heart of Explore Scientific’s PMC-Eight GoTo controller is the eight processor micro-controller. In addition to standard features like an auto-guide port (ST4 contact input) and a serial port for conventional hardwired connectivity, the PMC-Eight encompasses such advanced features as a wireless Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function which permits access to the controller from anywhere, which provide fast and robust operations. To fully unlock the potential of this controller, Explore Scientific has adopted an open-source approach – meaning that Explore Scientific freely provides documentation for the controller and example software demonstrating how the controller’s features can be utilized. Thus, the astronomy community which we refer to as the OpenGoTo® Community is encouraged to develop and share creative applications for the PMC-Eight. We also offer one of, if not the only ASCOM compatible wireless driver on the market. It is also one of, if not the only ASCOM driver with complete open-source code available to write whatever you might need into the code of the ASCOM driver.

The combination of a 60-pound payload capacity, various ASCOM compatible software packages coupled with the precision of the PMC-Eight system makes the Explore Scientific/Losmandy G-11 an excellent choice for the serious astronomer. Additionally, the Explore Scientific OpenGoTo Community provides a resource for advanced amateur astronomers to develop his/her own applications for this system. And, when controlled by ExploreStars, this mount is a proven favorite among audiences during events outreach and at star parties.

 

Item Number

ES-G11PMC8–00

Load Capacity Equipment Rating

Instrument Weight: 60 lbs. (27.22 Kilos)

Load Capacity Total Rating

Total Weight: 100 lbs.

Tripod height

33" - 48"

Counter Weights

Includes 21 lb counterweight and 1–1/4 inch diameter weight shaft w/safety knob. Optional 7 lb and 11 lb counterweights available.

Dovetail saddle-plate

Accepts both “D” Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail.

Weight EQ Head

33 lbs.

Weight Tripod

35 lbs

Explore Scientific: Please see the relevant sub-heading below for warranty details:

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Branded Telescopes: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty subject to the product being registered within 60 days of purchase.

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Branded Waterproof Eyepieces: *Limited* Lifetime USA Warranty subject to the product being registered within 60 days of purchase.

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Branded Eyepieces: *Limited* USA Five Year Warranty subject to the product being registered within 60 days of purchase.

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Branded Electronics & Non-Electronic Telescope Accessories: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty subject to the product being registered within 60 days of purchase.

Click HERE to register your purchase to validate it for warranty. Should you need to the return a product, you will need to obtain an RMA number from Stargazing Telescopes.

Warranty

At Stargazing Telescopes we are dedicated to making sure our customers receive the highest quality products. If for any reason you would like your purchase repaired or replaced, all you have to do is call us at 540 253 3466 or email us at info@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will advise you on how to proceed.

Each of our vendors have different warranty protocols for their products. Please see the relevant section below to get more information on the specifics of their warranty policies.

Warranties will not be valid for products that have been misused or tampered with by the customer, and each manufacturer retains the right to inspect the product to determine whether it is covered by their warranty. If an item needs to be repaired or replaced, the customer is responsible for shipping costs unless otherwise stated.

Please note, you must have proof of purchase (copy of your receipt) in order for the warranty to be valid.

 

Explore Scientific: 30 Day Return Policy. If the return occurs within 30 days of the purchase date, contact us to receive a prepaid return label to cover shipping costs related to the return of the product. You will require an RMA number which will be provided by Stargazing Telescopes.

Return Policy:

Here at Stargazing Telescopes we make returns as easy as possible. You may return your purchase within the allotted time frame that each manufacturer allows. You will be responsible for shipping charges as well as a 20% restocking fee (20% of the price of product).

To request a return please email returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and include your name, order number and date of purchase. We will also require proof of purchase, which is a copy of the receipt.

Returns must be authorized before being sent. We will contact the manufacturer on your behalf and issue you a RMA number which is mandatory for returns.

To be eligible for a return, your item must:

  • be unused and in the same condition that you received it.
  • be undamaged and in the original packaging.

Products not eligible for return:

  • Products that have been used or tampered with
  • Products not in resalable condition
  • Custom orders
  • Products not in original packaging
  • Products that do not have an RMA number

The buyer is responsible for all shipping costs and must use the shipping method as specified by Stargazing Telescopes to ensure the item is not damaged in transit and is tracked and sent safely. Refunds will be processed within 14 working days from the point we have received your return.

Approved refunds will be issued after the manufacturer inspects and processes your return which can take up to 7 Business days. Return shipping charges and re-stocking fees are not refundable. Shipping charges and factory re-stocking fees will be deducted from the total refund amount. You will receive a confirmation email when your return has been processed. Refunds will be credited to the original payment method and can take up to 72 hours to reflect on your statement.

Cancellations:

All orders cancelled after 24 hours are subject to a $20 administration fee, whether or not your order has shipped. If your order has shipped, you (the buyer) will also be responsible for return shipping charges. Refunds will only be issued to the original credit card that you used when placing your order.

Damages:

Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when it arrives, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery. If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will contact the manufacturer on your behalf.

 

*Explore Scientific: Many products are currently out of stock or are on back order due to the impact of COVID. Please email us at orders@stargazingtelescopes.com or call us on 540 253 3466 for inventory and shipping information, and we will get back to you once we have been in touch with the manufacturer.

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Order Confirmation:

As soon as you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail.  This means that we have received your order in our system and pre-authorized your credit card for the purchase.  As soon as we receive your order, we automatically reach out to our suppliers to confirm that it is in stock and available for immediate shipment.  If your item is on backorder or unavailable, we will void the pre-authorization and reach out to you via e-mail.  If your item(s) are available for immediate shipment (within five business days), we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment.

Order Shipment & Delivery:

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order. We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at orders@stargazingtelescopes.com

Delivery times will vary based on your location and the shipping method that our vendors use. Economy shipping generally takes five to eight business days to arrive, and Standard shipping generally takes three to four business days. 

Damages:

Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery.  If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will contact the manufacturer on your behalf.

Attention California Residents.

Products with Glass Optics

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov. 

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Explore Scientific - Losmandy G-11 with Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Go-To System (Special Order)

$3,699.99