The AutoTracker III is a microprocessor based control unit including the positioning logic as well as the power output unit for the rotor motors. It allows to drive two separate motors (max. 2.5 Amps each) directly with Reed-Pulse Sensors for the elevation and the azimuth.
- horizon-to-horizon operation (AZ up to 360° & EL up to 90°)
- each axis will be resolved by 65,000 steps
The read-only memory contains information about all stationary satellites around the world.
On the fly, you may within the physical limits of the external devices select any desired satellite. Only mechanical unlinearities of the system have to be corrected manually. If necessary, the system now will automatically track the inclining orbit.
In order to allow this automatic tracking, the AGC voltage from the satellite receiver has to be fed to the analogue input of the control unit, which will then optimize the positioning for maximum field strength. The operational range of the AGC signal can be matched to the satellite receiver in terms of amplitude/sensitivity as well as of null (max. 12 V, min. 0.1 V each polarity).
The search and tracking quality (AUTO FOCUS/AUTO TRACKING) may be influenced by selection of maximum deviation, next search cycle, fixing of search amplitudes and search algorithm. The field strength information is delivered, by means of the AGC voltage, by the satellite tuner thus allowing the reception of signals within the C, S and Ku bands.
The display of the control unit continuously shows the relative signal strength. Before dropouts can hamper the transmission of data or even lead to a visual loss of quality, the system will automatically optimize the field strength, fast and with ultimate precision. The necessary AGC connecting cable is included in your package.
For connecting and the remote control via sat-tuner the control computer features a receiver interface with settable transfer rate (1 to 99 pulses/sec.) using 4 wires only (motor: 5 to 60 V, pulse: max. 50 V/100 mA); simultaneously transferring signals during active motors too!
These functions and a lot more are efficiently supported by many system helps:
Receiver pulse synchronization, motor sensor monitoring, motor emergency operation, motor stop by all keys, park position, optionally focussing via RS 232 interface and many more.