The Losmandy Titan is a German equatorial mount (GEM) with a 100lb rated payload capacity. I’ve owned my Titan since just before Christmas 2004 (about a year and a half at time of writing), though unfortunately due to renting accommodation, and moving house a few times, I haven’t had the chance to use it as much as I would like to. I’m hoping this is going to change soon once I get an observatory setup again.
The Titan is a big beast, tipping the scales at 75lbs for the equatorial head (broken into two parts for slightly easier portability). It comes with the Gemini Astronomical Positioning System, which provides goto capability as well as an extensive object library, PEC, mount modelling and a raft of other features (see René Goerlich’s site for more information). I have Gemini Level 4 software (released April 2006) installed on my system, having upgraded my EPROM with the new version.
Using the Titan
There are lots of tips relating to using the Titan, but some excellent links are as follows:
- The Titan Tips pages – a whole load of useful info here about Titan GEMs!
- The Yahoo Titan Users’ Group
- The Yahoo Gemini Users’ Group
A permanent mount
An ongoing project of mine is to mount the Titan up permanently to enable me to quickly and easily start imaging or observing (without having to go through a long polar alignment procedure every time I want to use it).
My previous “observatory” lived in the (tiny) backgarden of my old flat – simply a pier bolted onto 3 foot of concrete which was covered and locked up in a small 3 foot square roll away shed. It worked well, though, because of an extended house move, maybe didn’t get as much use as I would have liked.
I have a dovetail made up for the tube rings of my current main scope (a second (or third even) hand 14″ f4.6 Newtonian from Orion Optics), and mounted the whole lot up on the pier at the old location to check it’s rigidity (and whether it could see over the fence 😉 – a picture is shown. It has been said that the scope makes the Titan look small (which takes some doing), though the Titan (once counterbalanced) does handle the load easily, even if that scope needs 60lb of counterweighting along the CW shaft. Hopefully, with the CCD camera and the WO FLT110/Tak FC60-NZ combo on there too using the side-by-side (DSBS) plate, it’ll be equally stable and able to reach balance…!