MORAL is an ALTAZ mount for 1m class telescope thought to be a solution both for astronomy and scientific use. The system has been designed to satisfy high demanding requirements in terms of accuracy and velocity beeing able to slew up to 60°/s with 1 arcsec of mechanical precision, critical performances for space debris and fast object tracking (Space Situation Awareness). The idea of a flexible and affordable system makes MORAL a suitable solution for professional observatories. The native version of MORAL named M1000 is designed for 1m class telescope. According to the increase of request in the field of astronomy it has been designed M500 and M700: reduced versions for smaller class telescope maintaining same performances in terms of accuracy and velocity. Thanks to the parametric design philosophy the system can be adapted to different requirements in term of size and performances maintaining the nature of standard product and allowing also the user to interface with it through its own application. From this the concept of Open Platform.
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Pointing accuracy is one of the main aspect of a telescope mount. The lowest level of the pointing accuracy is the one measurable by the hardware used as feedback. Starting from this and arriving up to the telescope interfaces, multiple contributions occurs to degrade accuracy performances due to the complexity of mechanical manufacturing and other hardware components. That's why it is commonly necessary to exploit specific software that are able to correct all these effects and provide a good pointing accuracy. But the real mechanical pointing accuracy of the system is intrinsic in the mount mechanics and layout. In most cases, the pointing accuracy can be affected also by the operating regime of the machine.
MORAL has been designed to ensure an intrinsic high level of accuracy in all the operative condition. Thanks to the design and manufacturing strategy adopted, MORAL can in fact ensure a mechanical pointing accuracy of the payload below 1'' effectively measured and ensured without the need of any correction software. That's why we talk about mechanical pointing accuracy.
MORAL versions are provided in the table below. Discover the parametric design approach in the Open Platform page
|Material||Structural Steel with Anti-rust Treatment|
|120 Kg||330 Kg||800 Kg|
|Mechanical Pointing Accuracy||< 1''||< 1''||< 1''|
|Height||1104 mm||1162 mm||2308 mm|
|Fork Aperture||1000 mm||1212 mm||1925 mm|
|Distance between plates||595 mm||795 mm||1410 mm|
|Through hole elevation (Nasmyth)||100 mm||100 mm||100 mm|
|Through hole Azimuth Axis||30 mm||60 mm||60 mm|
|Nominal Load||1471 N||2950 N||4900 N|
|Maximum Load||2950 N||4900 N||9810 N|
|Protection||Protective Seals - General System grade IP54|