Paramount Taurus 400

Uninterrupted horizon-to-horizon imaging.

Click here to find out why the Paramount Taurus™ might be an ideal solution for your observatory.

Hardware Specifications

  • No meridian flips or dangling counterweights
  • Tracks objects up to six (6) hours beyond meridian
  • Extremely stable equatorial fork design
  • 150 pound (68 kg) total instrument capacity
  • Compatible with Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and truss OTAs up to 17-inches
  • 20 arcseconds or less standard pointing accuracy
  • 10 arcseconds or less with optional on-axis encoders (OAE)
  • Optional on-axis encoders deliver sub-0.1 arcsecond resolution for optimal performance
  • Belt-driven gears with spring loaded worm to gear interface results in virtually zero backlash
  • Integrated azimuth and elevation polar-alignment adjustments
  • Slews at 3.5 degrees per second in both axes
  • Exceptionally comfortable access to eyepieces
  • All standard electronics and through-the-mount-wiring are enclosed inside the mount
  • Ample space for additional through-the-mount and fork-routed cabling
  • Power supply and PC to mount cabling included

Software SpecificationsParamount MYT Software Suite

  • Includes the Paramount Software Suite (featuring TheSky™ Imaging edition, Dome Control, and more).  The USB thumb drive comes with installers that are compatible with macOS, Windows and Linux (ARM32, ARM64, and x86_64 architectures).
  • Software features ProTrack™, Direct Guide™ (guider cable free autoguiding), TPoint Super Model™,
    All Sky Image Link™, Closed Loop Slew, @Focus™ automated focus, periodic error curve fitting,
    permanent periodic error correction, live stacking, dithering and more.
  • The Multi-OS Plus module lets you install and use TheSky on all your computers and operating systems while maintaining TheSky’s familiar look and feel.


The Paramount Taurus 400 Permanent Pier and OTA are sold separately.  We can help you determine the optimal height of the pier for your setup.




Astronomers have long known about the benefits of the equatorial-fork mounts. If you own a fixed observatory, you might want to consider a Paramount Taurus™ 400 mount.

The Paramount Taurus™ is ideal for advanced or professional astronomers, STEM administrators, school system, university, or government research facilities that are actively taking astro-photos.  Our TPoint™ telescope modeling assures extreme pointing accuracy while ProTrack™ assisted tracking assures pinpoint stars with long exposures.

The included counterweight system corrects imbalances resulting from assymetries in the optical tube, or it not being perfectly centered between the fork tines.

The Taurus’s optional Scope Rail Set makes changing imaging-train equipment a breeze because it lets you easily move your system’s weight fore and aft along the optical axis.

The Taurus is assembled from five separate components, each weighing less than 100 pounds (45 kg), making it the most easily deployable mount in its class. A two-person team can fully assemble the Paramount Taurus™ in about one hour.

For more detailed information, please see the Specifications tab above.

Purchase the Paramount Taurus™ 400 for your 0.4 m/17-inch class OTA today! Arrives standard with motor-based off-axis encoders; on-axis, absolute encoders are available as an option.

Additional information

Weight 150 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 36 × 16 in

Motor-based encoders, On-axis absolute encoders

Paramount Taurus Specifications

Paramount Taurus Documentation

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Paramount Taurus Technical Drawings

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