The new Orion TD Electronic 12V DC Tracking Drive for Orion equatorial mounts will keep your target object centered in the eyepiece for as long as you want to observe it.
The TD Electronic Drive provides hands-free, electronic object tracking and installs quickly on an equatorial mount. The drive’s precision motor provides sidereal-rate tracking in right ascension, which is the rate that stars and deep-sky objects move across the sky.
The included hand controller has forward and reverse slewing buttons at 2x and 4x speeds to facilitate centering objects in the telescope’s eyepiece or moving to other, nearby objects. A simple thumbscrew “clutch” disengages the tracking motor from the right ascension gear, allowing use of the mount’s manual slow-motion controls, when desired.
A switch on the hand controller lets you set it for Northern or Southern hemisphere as it works in both. A convenient holding bracket for the hand controller is included and straps onto a tripod leg via a hook-and-loop band. Just set the controller in the holder when you’re not using it. The TD runs on eight 1.5V AA batteries, which the user installs in the battery case provided.
The Orion TD-1 Electronic 12V DC Tracking Drive is compatible with these telescopes:
– Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector
The Orion TD-2 Electronic 12V DC Tracking Drive is compatible with these telescopes and mount:
– Orion EQ-13 Equatorial Mount
– Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector
– Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector Kit
– Orion AstroView 6 EQ Reflector
– Orion AstroView 102 EQ Refractor
You can learn more about the Orion TD Electronic 12V DC Tracking Drive here.
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