In order to bring computerized pointing to your telescope, you need to fit a pair of optical encoders to each axis of the mount. A Mount Hardware Kit enables the mounting of these two optical encoders onto the telescope mount.
A specific model of mount requires a specific mount hardware kit. The kit contains all the necessary parts, such as brackets, nuts, bolts, pulleys and gears.
Wildcard Innovations can supply mount hardware kits for hundreds of different models of telescopes & mounts which you can then easily install yourself. The kits come with clear instructions, including diagrams, and require no special tools or skills. This web page is designed to help assist you in determing the correct kit for your mount.
After referring to this site, if still unsure of the correct kit for your mount, please don't hesitate to email us for assistance.
The most cost effective approach is to buy one of our Bundled Special Systems, which includes the Argo Navis™ Digital Telescope Computer, encoders, encoder mount hardware and an encoder cable. Generally, one of these Bundled Special Systems, is all that you require to bring computerized pointing to your scope, however, we do recommend you also purchase a serial cable, a USB Serial Adapter and an optional DC power cable.
Please note, some mount hardware kits gear one or more of their encoders to produce the final effective ouput resolution.
We stock mount kits for many popular mounts. Some kits may have a 1 week to 6 week lead time from order.
All mount kits come with a 1 year limited warranty.
Custom mount. We can assist both amateur and professional telescope makers with a custom encoder kit.
DiscMount Alt/Az mounts. We work closely with DiscMount to ensure a seamless integration of 10,000 step encoders.
Discovery Dobsonians. Let us know which model you have.
Kokusai Kohki T-Rex Mounts
Night Sky Scopes Dobsonians
SDM Dobsonians. We work closely with SDM.
Teeter Telescopes Dobsonians
Webster Telescopes Dobsonians. We work closely with Webster Teleascopes.
From the lists above, please click on the link that is specific to your telescope or mount and carefully check whether any additional information is required when ordering. If so, please supply us that information along with your telescope and mount make, model and year. Additional information may be requested before the order can be filled.
*See the special note regarding Celestron fork mounted C8 telescopes.
The encoder and hardware systems (encoders and gears or pulleys/belts) we supply are generally optimized to approximately 10,000 steps-per-revolution on each axis. Some computers currently sold by other vendors are not able to handle these high resolutions without encoder errors. Please note that doubling the resolution of encoders on each axis of the scope potentially quadruples the pointing resolution. For example, when going from 4000 step encoders to 10000 step encoders, there is a potential 525% increase in pointing resolution. Better quality mounts will see less improvement with the high-resolution encoders than those of slightly lower quality. (The Argo Navis™ Telescope Pointing Analysis System™ - TPAS™ - can often assist with certain systematic geometric, flexure and harmonic errors in many mounts.)