- About Us
Astrometric Instruments offers standardized telescope control systems for custom applications. In 1995, we introduced our first telescope control system (TCS). Since then, our systems have been installed on hundreds of telescopes worldwide. Every system we have shipped from our 1st generation systems in 1995 to our current PrimeTCS systems can be updated to the most recent capabilities.
PrimeTCS-i is a professional-class telescope controller designed for continuous night-after-night operation. PrimeTCS-i includes such features as run-time correction of mount errors, support for axial encoder closed-loop feedback for sub-arcsecond tracking and pointing and comprehensive support for remote and automated operation (e.g. homing, fail-safe limits, safe shutdown). Born from the experience of applying telescope control systems to numerous telescopes of all sizes and styles, PrimeTCS-i is unparalleled in capabilities and reliability.
We provide standardized control systems for telescope dome (classic or clamshell) and roll-off roof enclosures. Our systems can be used with nearly any type of telescope dome or enclosure including domes from Ash Manufacturing, Technical Innovations, Astrohaven, Sirius and Explora Dome.
Astrometric's products have been used to automate, retrofit and restore numerous existing telescopes with state of the art functionality and modern standards support.
Astrometric provides a full line of controllers for custom focus, filter-wheel, field rotation/de-rotation and miscellaneous “switched” device control and interfacing applications.
At Astrometric, we are committed to the functional and operational longevity of our products.
Visit our legacy and upgrades page for a summary of our older products and upgrade options.
I would not hesitate to give Astrometric the highest recommendation for standard dome automation or telescope control systems to the most complex custom control systems. This includes a spotless track record for over 8 years. The last thing a facility such as Tenagra Observatories needs is a lot of functionality from a company that could easily disappear at any time. Longevity of support is essential.
Your system works flawlessly, and we could not be happier with it.
The .5m Classical Cassegrain telescope we installed the
drives on has not missed a single target in almost three years.
Astrometric Instruments was an essential and integral part of the development of this project, and our working with its wealth of astronomy expertise in the last decade has been a wonderful and rewarding experience.
Congratulations on getting the sbox to product, and thank you for preserving my investment in your system. There are not many vendors take the trouble to extend the life of 5 year old products, but it is very much appreciated.
It seems that this asteroid rescue was remarkable enough for the MPC to issue a special MPEC about it. They don't do this often. So I wish to say a big THANK YOU, for your very good programming work, which is allowing our contribution to NEO science to vastly increase.
I remember arguing with people over the merits of buying a SkyWalker rather than wait for the release of other system and I have to say all these years down the track, I don't regret it one bit. Especially after reading the dozens of other system horror stories that continue to this day! The Skywalker has been the most solid and reliable part of my entire system.
User's group feedback: “Hi all, you're right, I use SkyWalker since 2000 and never a problem.”