The Telescope Drive Master

A mid-level mounts’ best friend?

My Telescope Drive Master v2 arrives
My Telescope Drive Master v2 arrives

To take truly inspirational images of the cosmos you need three astronomical tools; a telescope (optical tube assembly), an imaging device (normally a CCD or DSLR camera), and a mount. All three components should be of good quality in order to achieve the results desired during your journey to the beginning of space and time.

Some amateur astronomers may believe the imaging device and optical tube assembly are more important than the mount. This might make a good mount less important in their eyes, but a safe, steady, well-made mount is just as important in taking great astroimages.

Modern telescope mounts

There are modern mounts in the $3000 range available capable of excellent tracking with minimal periodic error (error induced due to small mechanical imperfections in the device). You can also break the piggy bank and opt for a German equatorial mount (GEM) in the five figure range that’s even more accurate. In the case of modern mounts, made by a reputable manufacturer, you really do get what you pay for. 

The Telescope Drive Master

In an effort to make mid-level and GEMs, even better Hungarian firm MDA-TelesCoop has introduced the Telescope Drive Master (TDM). Designed to correct the periodic error of a telescope mount, without the requirement for an auto guider system, the Telescope Drive Master is made to enhance the ability of both mid-level and expensive GEMs.

You can obtain a Telescope Drive Master through Explore Scientific in North America and in other areas of the world.

Price: $1,799.95 

My Telescope Drive Master v2 arrives 

17059I used a Celestron CGE Pro GEM to test the claims of MDA-TelesCoop concerning the Telescope Drive Master’s ability to make this excellent quality mount even better.

I got the Telescope Drive Master v2 I tested through Explore Scientific. It arrived securely and safely packaged, and with the right mechanical adapter for my CGE Pro GEM. You need to indicate which model of mount you’ll be using with the TDM when ordering because each requires a specific adapter.

You can check which models the Telescope Drive Master v2 can be used with here.

They included instructions and helpful photographs on setting up the Telescope Drive Master, which I found easy to understand. They also helped explain how the TDM works with my CGE Pro GEM and computer to make beautiful images. Getting the setup right only took me about an hour and a few minutes to get everything ready to view the cosmos.

Performance

The Telescope Drive Master significantly reduced the periodic and even non-periodic tracking errors of my CGE Pro GEM to within 0.5″. This is a result in agreement with previous reviews and independent tests.

It also integrated well with the autoguider system, offering me precise tracking of celestial objects.

These results would likely not be possible with a lesser quality mount than my CGE Pro GEM. Still, it should improve the ability of even mid-level mounts.

The conclusion

Overall this device did improve the ability of my mount to improve the quality of images taken of the cosmos. It’s worth the price I paid to obtain.

If I was a serious astroimager desiring to enhance my ability to take stunning, unforgettable images of the cosmos, I would purchase the Telescope Drive Master.

It can definitely make your journey to the beginning of space and time more memorable.

Telescope Drive Master

Price: $1,799.95

Learn more about TelesCoop here.

Learn more about Celestron’s complete lineup of astronomy products here.

Looking for a quality telescope for your journey to the beginning of space and time? Read about Explore Scientific’s 80mm Triplet Apochromatic Refractor

Need a good pair of astronomical binoculars? Check out Denkmeier’s new Binotron-27 Binoviewers

Looking for a quality portable mount to enhance your journey to the beginning of space and time? Read about the Maxim DL

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Meade’s New LX600 is Faster, Smarter and Easier to Setup

This Meade 16" LX600 is state of the art astronomy equipment
This Meade 16″ LX600 is state of the art astronomy equipment

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The New LX600 f/8 ACF with StarLock Advanced Technology is easy to transport and setup at your next dark sky viewing spot.

Meade’s amazing LX600 f/8 with StarLock Advanced Technology takes a giant leap forward by making Astro-imaging easier and transportation and setup of your new LX600 a breeze. Meade’s new LX600 makes taking eye-popping images of Jupiter as easy as focusing the camera and opening the shutter.

StarLock Advanced Technology

  • Provides astronomers with full-time completely automatic guiding and closed loop precision pointing.

New f/8 Advanced Coma-Free Optical System

  • New mirror mounting and internal Crayford-style focusing system achieves true zero image-shift and includes a two-speed focuser.

All New X-Wedge

  • Precision machined aluminum for maximum stability with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments on the fly. The new X-Wedge is the essential astronomy accessory for polar mounting your new LX600 for long exposure Astro imaging.

Meade’s new LX600 is the next generation in state-of-the-art, high-end astronomy telescopes for the serious sky watcher willing to invest more than just time. Drop by a Meade store today to have a look at an LX600. You won’t be disappointed and you could find yourself flying to Jupiter this November on your new Meade LX 600 16″ telescope to take images you’ll never forget.

Watch this YouTube video on opening the box to your new Meade LX600. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWilcYzK0D4.

Want to see more on great telescopes from Meade? Read this article on the Meade LS6 ACF telescope, https://spaceshipearth1.wordpress.com/category/astronomy-equipment/telescopes/schmidt-cassegrain-telescopes/meade-ls-6-acf-telescope/.

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iOptron MiniTower Pro go-to Mount

Lightweight and always ready to go, the iOpton MiniTower Pro is one of the best models around

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Lightweight go-to mount for the astronomer on the go

Astronomy Products – Tipping the scale at just 9 pounds, the iOptron MiniTower Pro is a portable alt-azimuth mount that can support a time-machine-to-the-stars weighing as much as 33 pounds, only takes 10 minutes to set on the launch pad, and has everything you need to “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” to view the universe. Totally portable, the iOpton MiniTower Pro fits in the included alloy metal carrying case like a glove, except for the tripod, and can be easily stored in the trunk of your car, or airline luggage, so you’re always ready to continue your journey at a moments notice, no matter your location on the Earth.
 

The perfect launch platform for your telescope

The iOptron Mini Tower Pro is equipped with two dovetail adapters capable of supporting the majority of standard telescopes on the market today. Includes metal worm gears with typical 1 arcminute accuracy, strong 2″ alloy legs and GPS capability that allows you to select the dark sky spot you desire to view the universe from. Add in a standard 8401 SmartStar hand controller with information that quickly allows you to locate over 130,000 celestial objects in the night sky, a USB port that allows you to easily connect to a wide variety of planetarium programs, an 8-inch LCD back-lit display, and you’re always ready to continue your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time at a moments notice.
 

Solid, strong and dependable

 
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New Eyepieces on the Block

Astronomers need several different eyepieces in order to view the universe
A rising star on the horizon of usable and reliable eyepieces

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Explore the universe using a nitrogen-purged eyepiece

Explore Scientific makes several different kinds of eyepieces perfect for both the amateur and professional astronomer
The 14mm, 9mm, and 20mm eyepieces

The right equipment makes viewing the universe easier

Astronomy Products – The right eyepiece for your time-machine-to-the-stars can make the difference between memorable views during your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”, and less than perfect views due to the fact you don’t have the equipment that to observe the universe. Explore Scientific is a new kid on the eyepiece manufacturing block, but the 20mm eyepiece of their 100 Series of eyepieces is quickly gaining fame for producing timeless views of space and time. Similar in many ways to Explore Scientific’s 9mm and 14mm offerings, the 20mm version of the 100 Series features enhanced optical coatings inside a barrel that has been purged with nitrogen and then sealed against the elements. A watertight barrel is a necessity when out in the wild as it will prevent fog from developing inside the barrel as the temperature goes down outside and consequently inside the barrel of the eyepiece. At the same time sealing the barrel against the elements keeps dust and fungus from contaminating the eyepiece and ruining your view of the universe.
 
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Zoom on Your Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time

Zoom eye pieces are a necessary tool for the serious astronomer
The essential accessory for your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”

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Zoom eyepieces provide great views of the universe

Astronomy Products – Zoom eyepieces use to be a star-gazing tool astronomers would leave in the camera bag a few years ago. Nowadays, several useful premium quality zoom eyepieces are available for the star-gazer looking for a spectacular view of the universe on their “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”. The Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom Mark III eye-piece by Baader Planetarium in Germany is one of the best examples of a useful zoom eyepiece perfect as an accessory for your time machine to the stars, or as the perfect accessory for amateur astronomers using binoculars with barrel diameters of 1.25″ and 2″. The Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom Mark III comes with a seven-element Hyperion Zoom, that’s continuously variable across the focal-length range, with click-stops at 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, and 24mm. You can also combine the Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom Mark III with an optional adapter, for connecting any T-threaded camera or accessory to this Zoom eyepiece, all at a price that will surprise you.

Fine engineering, strong construction and moments you will not forget

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