Designed by Miguel Ángel García Borrella -2023-
What´s TALON6 ?
Talon6 is a safe control system for observatories automation. It allows manual control as well as robotics
and automation of roll off roofs and domes for astronomical observatories.
This project is supported by our security needs and experiences as users of remote domes and roll-off-roofs
observatories since 2005.
We have always feared that our astronomical equipment will get exposed to the elements due to a hanged PC,
Internet lost, power fail, etc. Well, now we can monitor all this conditions and be a bit more relaxed, this control
system, if needed, will park the mount and close the roof or the shutter for us automatically and without
TALON6 uses an ASCOM compatible driver that can be controlled from PC and automation software, allowing
the opening and closing of the roof automatically at the beginning and end of the photo session and accurately
positioning the roof or dome and dome shutter at a particular point.
TALON6 moves the motors silently (microprocessor controlled), accelerating smoothly up to the maximum
speed until it has to decelerate to smoothly stop at the destination point.
There are three different models:
ROR For Roll-off-Roofs with our motor with integrated encoder.
ROR DUO With 2 Motors for Roll-off-Roofs with more than 1000kg of weight.
DOME For domes with motorized dome and shutter using 2 of our motors with integrated encoder.
TALON6 R.O.R/ notifies continuously the status of the roof.
Open (magnetic sensor limit switch)
Closed (magnetic sensor limit switch)
Position of the roof (exact percentage by encoder, or by moving time in 220V motors).
Last action performed.
Continuous Current status of the sensors and switches shown by light signals in the driver main display.
It also monitors continuously the following safety conditions:
Communications with the PC lost.
Internet communications lost.
Cloud watcher, Cloud Sensor, etc. sensor switch.
Power fail (before UPS, Uninterruptible Power Supply)
Mount at park position.
Countdown to a scheduled shutdown.
Lock and unlock the driver for observatories group, parking all telescopes before closing the observatories.
Talon6 is able to react safely to any of these eventualities ordering the mount to park and ordering the roof to close.
-Direct parking order in case of PC communication failure for several mounts: Gemini
Losmandy, Astrophisics, Paramount, LX200, 10Micron, Takahashi etc. (OPTIONAL).
-Direct connection to the IP-SWITCH for automatic equipment switch-off at the end of the session or after a
-Automatic communications port reconnection after PC disconnection.
-Automatic communications port search at the beginning of the connection.
-Maximum aperture control with unparked mount.
-Possibility of manual Synchronization of the current roof position.
Basically TALON6 will parrk the mount and will close he roof when any of the above
mentioned conditions appear, except when the communication with the PC is lost,
due to hanged or switched-off PC (this does not apply to the mounts with
implemented direct communication with the controller). In this case the roof will be
closed with the mount unparked, unles the user configures the system to avoid this
In addition when the user is at the observatory, TALON6 can be governed manually with a keypad included in the
control box, which allow the orders Open, Close and Stop. The system can also be governed remotely by activating
an additional input (for example using a GSM controlled or IP controlled relay) .
With TALON6 R.O.R/the following items are provided:
Talon 6 controller.
Geared Motor 12v 1/75 .
M4 Steel spur gear .
5mm thick Steel motor mount with manual release .
12V 15A switching Power Supply .
Motor encoder .
3m steel rack .
Two magnetic sensors with 7m cable (Mount at park sensor).
Two magnetic sensors 1m cable (OPEN/CLOSED limit switches).
1m cable for connecting the CloudWatcher switch.
1m cable for connecting the "remote command".
Output for IP-Switch connection.
5m USB Cable.
All sensors and wiring are already connected and placed inside the TALON6, It is enough to extend the cables
and position the sensors in the places chosen by the user, using screws or double-sided tape .
The price of the equipment is:
TALON6 R.O.R 1.175 €.
TALON6 R.O.R-DUO 2.260 €
TALON6 DOME 2.300 €.( Battery, charger solar panel and controller )+ 550 €
( Controler and motor Lower Shutter Opcional ) + 780 €
IP-SWITCH 290 €
IP-SWITCH 8 SHUKO 550€
(Shipping included in Spain)
VAT not included.
Antonio Perez: email@example.com
Miguel Ángel García: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a clearer perception of the use and characteristics of TALON6. Read the manual ROR or Manual DOME
(Updated on February 24, 2019 for the latest version)
Driver ROR: ver-03.18
Driver ROR T6R: ver-01.00
Driver ROR: INDI ver-01 ( Developer: Ferrante Enriques, for compatible firmware versions)
Driver Dome: ver-03.06
Firmware ROR: ver-03.13
Firmware Dome: ver-03.03
Firmware Shutter: ver-03.03
If you want to update your TALON6, let us know by our WhatsApp group or by e-mail.
We can send you upgrade by email.
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