Avalon Instruments M-Zero Equatorial-Altazimuth Single-Arm mount with Fast-Reverse technology

The new M-Zero single-arm mount by Avalon Instruments has been designed to revolutionize the world of portable astronomy with both the style and function that Avalon Instruments is known for.

Made entirely from anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware, the low weight and high quality of this mount make it the ideal companion for travelling observers and astro-photographers.

The great versatility and compact size combined with Avalon’s unmistakable style, allows the M-Zero to get you to a level where the competition stops.

M-Zero is four mounts in one: Standard Equatorial but with no meridian  flip, Altazimuth
for astronomical use & a time-lapse platform for
panoramic pictures, all with only 10 kg of total weight (including the brand new T-Pod 90) and 8 kg loading capacity.

The brand new StarGo GoTo-System features several exclusive functions, the innovative Fast-Reverse
technology (belt drive system) and the top-quality
construction allows high level performance and auto-guided long-exposure astrophotography without time limits – even with telescopes with focal length up to 2m, (8" SCT & 8" RC).

The Avalon StarGo GoTo-System has been totally designed and manufactured by Avalon to meet all needs, from the beginner to the professional photographer.

StarGo - The Avalon Mounts are well known for their capability to drive the carried telescopes with extreme precision. This characteristic is due to two factors:

The first is the use of toothed belts for the motion transmission, combined with the precision and strength of CNC machined components;

The second is the use of a proprietary control system, fully developed by Avalon Instruments, capable of supplying the mount with all the needed intelligence to perform all the required operations for high performance use in visual observations but, mainly during long exposure astrophotographic Use.

The latter function is performed by the StarGO control system. It is composed of a number of main components:

1. It performs all the communications with specific components (Focuser, CCD rotator, DSLR camera, and other auxiliary devices) using direct connections and with Windows and Mac computers via USB. The wireless Bluetooth capability is also integrated in the control box to interact with intelligent devices such smartphones, tablets and, again with Windows and Mac computers.
2. The StarGO Keypad to physically command the mount and perform almost all the available and most needed operations on it.
3. The StarGO software, entirely written by Avalon Instruments, allows the Stargo to perform with a computer, all the setup and management operations, including the control of numerous external devices that can be connected to the control box, in addition to the same control operations performed by the StarGO keypad.

In Equatorial mode the M-Zero does a
meridian flip and relatively long
tubes can be used as well.

In fork mode no meridian flip is necessary.

It can also quickly be set in Altazimuth
mode for observation with large telescopes and binoculars or to acquire automatic time-lapse sequences.

More exclusive functions will be available with
StarGo firmware updates that can easily be updated by PC.

**Includes Softcase for both M-Zero and T60 Tripod.**

Technical Specs:

M-ZERO FEATURES SUMMARY:
• Single-Arm Equatorial & Altazimuth
• Fast-Reverse technology (belt drive system)
• No backlash and no maintenance
• Total mount weight 5,5 kg
• Max. load capacity for photographic use: 8 kg
• Max. load capacity for visual use: 10 kg
• Hand control for manual use
• Bluetooth connection from smartphones and tablets
• Virtual hand control from smartphones and tablets
• PC control ASCOM compatible
• Autoguide port ST4
• Baader Steedrive port
• Time-lapse control port for DSLR camers
• Two Aux ports for motors and Filterwheels
• 12V DC power supply 0,5A

Avalon Instruments T110 Tripod

The new metal tripods by Avalon Instruments have been designed to revolutionize the world of portable astronomy with both the style and function that Avalon Instruments is known for. Made entirely from anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware, the low weight and high stability of these tripods make them the ideal companion for travelling observers and astrophotographers.

The T-110 tripod has a 220 pound (100 Kg) capacity. Even with these substantial capacities, The T-110 weighs only 6.5 and collapses to just 30 inches (75 cm) while extending to a maximum height of 51 inches (130 cm).

The built-in spreader system allows the tripod to be quickly and easily opened with no loose parts while the double leg locks and included bubble level make it easy to level the tripod and securely lock it in place. The base of the legs can be fitted with ground spikes for soft ground or rubber tips for hard surfaces. In addition, the tripods are equipped with a convenient handle for easy transport.

While conceived for the Avalon M-Uno, Linear and upcoming M-Zero mounts, the T110 model is also compatible with other mounts including the SkyWatcher/Orion EQ6/Atlas and AZEQ6/Atlas Pro AZEQ-G, Celestron CGEM, Losmandy G11, Takahashi EM200, Vixen SXV/SXD/SXP/SXD2 and other mounts while the M-90 will be compatible with mounts including the SkyWatcher/Orion EQ-5/HEQ5/Sirius, Celestron CG-5/AVX, Takahashi EM10, Vixen GP/GPD2 and others.

Compatibility will be either native or through the use of an available adapter.

Avalon Instruments M-Uno Fast Reverse Single Fork Arm Equatorial Mount

The M-Uno is an exciting and innovative new mount for high precision astro photography.

It is made in Italy by DAL SASSO Srl, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of high precision mechanics and marketed with the AVALON INSTRUMENTS trademark.

The M-Uno design has abandoned the traditional worm and gear arrangement in favour of a new transmission system based on pulleys and tooth belts, for both right ascension and declination.

This belt driven design produces various benefits over the traditional geared designs including

Very consistent motion, without play and the sudden peaks associated with traditional mounts, these are factors that are of particular importance for long exposure deep sky astro imaging.

Traditional mounts always suffer from backlash to a greater or lesser extent particularly in the declination axis The Linear Belt driven transmission system can now quickly reverse the Declination motion, without any backlash
This is the reason for the name: FAST REVERSE.

It is wortwhile stressing that, since the motion transmission in traditional gear-worm systems have just one contact point, any error on each of the two components will, sooner or later, result in tracking errors.

However, with the pulley-tooth belt system, no direct contact occurs and the motion is transmitted by the belt working with some 50% to 90% of the girth surface. Consequently, any errors are balanced among the cogs, and are lower in amplitude with respect to the geared ones

We have been testing the mount and have found even with very long focal length telescopes by adopting a low guide rate of 0.125x sidereal the M-Uno mount delivery pinpoint round stars over long exposures.

The single fork arm also means that there are no meridian flip issues as is the case with German Equatorial mounts and thus the mount will track a target from East through the Meridan into the West uninterrupted.

Another advantage of the single fork arm design is the absence of a long counterweight shaft. In an observatory in particular this frees up a significant amount of room.

No wear, No Friction.

No wearing effects will occur since no friction occurs amongst the various parts. In fact, the pulleys and the axes rotate on roller bearings, 13 for the right ascension, 12 for the declination.
The tooth belts are the same as used in car engines (with steel core), which are designed to work for 100.000 Km at an average speed of 2000 rpm, facing a 0-100°C thermal range in a few minutes. Compared to that, the stress supported by the belts working on these mounts is extremely low guaranteeing almost eternal life !

The mount as standard comes equipped with a Pier Top Adaptor and the Skywatcher Synscan Goto Controller.

The Synscan offers a simple and reliable goto performance that can be cobtrolled independently via the hand set or via a PC running popular Planetarium software via the included PC Connection cable.

In addition a EQDir adaptor is included with the mount which can be run via the EQMod suite of software.

In addition comes equipped with Pole Finder Telescope and Losmandy compatible Saddle Plate

Our early tests have left us very impressed with the M-Uno mount.

Technical Specs:

The LINEAR mount is specifically designed for astroimagers, with some important features including

- Excellent performances in guided imaging, even with high focal lengths, up to 3 metres
- Simple and original design
- Really portable and lightweight, with its useful handle and a weight of only 12.5 kg, without counterweight and bar
- Payload capacity up to 20 kg in imaging (best choice 15-18 kg)
- High quality manufacturing, all parts are designed for long lasting use, made of anodized aluminium and stainless steel, directly milled obtained from single blocks thanks to high precision 5 axes CNC machines.
- Reliable and consistent performance

- Easily suitable to the main commercial tripods, such as Baader AHT, Skywatcher EQ6 Tripod, Geoptik and several others.

Avalon Instruments Linear Fast Reverse Equatorial Mounting

The Linear Fast Reverse is an exciting and innovative new mount for high precision astro photography.

It is made in Italy by DAL SASSO Srl, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of high precision mechanics and marketed with the AVALON INSTRUMENTS trademark.

The Linear mount design has abandoned the traditional worm and gear arrangement in favour of a new transmission system based on pulleys and tooth belts, for both right ascension and declination.

This belt driven design produces various benefits over the traditional geared designs including

Very consistent motion, without play and the sudden peaks associated with traditional mounts, these are factors that are of particular importance for long exposure deep sky astro imaging.

Traditional mounts always suffer from backlash to a greater or lesser extent particularly in the declination axis The Linear Belt driven transmission system can now quickly reverse the Declination motion, without any backlash
This is the reason for the name: FAST REVERSE.

It is wortwhile stressing that, since the motion transmission in traditional gear-worm systems have just one contact point, any error on each of the two components will, sooner or later, result in tracking errors.

However, with the pulley-tooth belt system, no direct contact occurs and the motion is transmitted by the belt working with some 50% to 90% of the girth surface. Consequently, any errors are balanced among the cogs, and are lower in amplitude with respect to the geared ones.

No wear, No Friction.

No wearing effects will occur since no friction occurs amongst the various parts. In fact, the pulleys and the axes rotate on roller bearings, 13 for the right ascension, 12 for the declination.
The tooth belts are the same as used in car engines (with steel core), which are designed to work for 100.000 Km at an average speed of 2000 rpm, facing a 0-100°C thermal range in a few minutes. Compared to that, the stress supported by the belts working on these mounts is extremely low guaranteeing almost eternal life !

The Linear Fast Reverse is a German Equatorial mount design with a load bearing capacity of up to 20kg for astro imaging. It is perfect for telescopes such as the popular Celestron and Meade SCT,ACF and Edge HD designs up to 11" of aperture. It is also a very good choice for up to 6" refractors and 10" Ritchey Chretien designs including our own IKHAROS RC10 CFT Truss Tube telescope.

The mount has bveen extensively tested with up to 3m focal length instruments and has proven to give reliable pin point tracking over very long sub exposure lengths.

The mount as standard comes equipped with a Pier Top Adaptor and the Skywatcher Synscan Goto Controller.

The Synscan offers a simple and reliable goto performance that can be controlled independently via the hand set or via a PC running popular Planetarium software via the included PC Connection cable.

In addition an EQDir adaptor is included with the mount which can be run via the EQMod suite of software.

In addition comes equipped with Pole Finder Telescope and Losmandy compatible Saddle Plate

The Linear Fast Reverse is a highly accurate and portable mount which can handle long focal length scopes easily in the field as well as in the observatory and provide the tracking precision necessary for round pinpoint stars even at the sampling rates of under 1 arc second per pixel typical with 2m or longer focal length telescopes.

Technical Specs:

Includes

Linear Fast Reverse Mount - Weight 12kg
6kg Stainless Steel Counterweight
Pole Finder Telescope
Losmandy Saddle Plate
Pier Top Adaptor
Load Bearing Capacity - 20kg for Imaging - 25kg for visual

X-Guider from Avalon Instruments

Avalon Instruments has designed and built this new useful accessory for long exposure guiding during deepsky imaging.

The Avalon X-Guider is a high precision and play-free guidescope aligning device. Unlike conventional guidescope rings, which
rely on pushing screws on to the body of the tube, the Avalon XGuider features a dovetail mounting system (GP 45mm size) for
a quick-release attachment/detachment of the guide scope on the main telescope.

The X-Guider features a very compact body,
an innovative design and a beautiful look. All metal aluminum parts are CNC machined. All screw knobs, designed by Avalon Instruments, have a special ergonomic design and are made with
a special polymer. It features also a very hard anti-scratch anodized surface finish with CNC engraved characters.

The Avalon X-Guider is used to easily locate guide stars during astroimaging sessions and it has been designed after much experience in deepsky astroimaging.

ONe of the most innovational aspects of the Avalon X-Guider: is the ratio between the high loading capacity up to 5 Kg (12 Lbs), and the device weight, of less than 500 g. This is a very useful
characteristic for portability as well as putting significantly less load on your mount.

The X-Guider mechanics are very simple, sturdy,
totally free from backlash in azimuth and free from
flexure in typical working situations.

Available Versions:

Standard Version (body only, without lower mounting plate)

Full Versions with lower mounting plate (male or female dovetail bar/plate)

Avalon Instruments M-Uno and Linear Mount Accessories

A List of accessories is available Below