The software is a very advanced software, that includes pointing model, as well as speeds model to compensate for non perfect polar alignement. It has an ASCOM interface, so that any ASCOM compliant software can drive the mount.
The mount (and the software) can compensate for such a speed, and move the mount at the asteroid motion rate (plus the sidereal rate, refraction rate and tracking model rate). The next image shows a 600s exposure with speed object enabled. The asteroid is pin point sharp and this is not anymore required to split the exposures so that the asteroid does not trail !
The next image shows a fast moving asteroid, 2006 DP 14, located at 0.08 ua from earth. The speed of the asteroid is 12 arcmin per hour, both RA and DEC directions. A single 300s un-guided exposure shows the trail due to the motion of the asteroid.
If the tracking/speed model (from the pointing model) is enabled within the software mount, the mount can compensate for bad polar alignment, and the next un-guided tracking of 10 minutes exposure is perfect.
The next image is recorded with Nova mount where the polar axis that was offset, on purpose, by 5 arcmin from the pole. A 10 minute un-guided image shows that the polar alignment is so bad that the stars are all trailing ! This is normal because the speed model has been disabled.
The usual limitation of unguided exposure time is not from the mount, but from the OTA stiffness !
The Nova 200 mount works so close to perfection, if the Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) is stiff, it can acheive long unguided exposures. Here is a single raw image of a 10 minutes unguided exposure, where no star trail or elongation is visible. The scale is 0.35 /arcsec/pixel, this is a part of M33 galaxy. The focal length is 5200 mm
The picture on the left shows the RA axis and cables for the telescope instruments (Focuser, Filter wheel derotator, ccd camera...) that are going thru the RA axis. So no limitation of number of cables is possible.
Mars observatory is located in south of France, and is operating below a 5m dome, a 600mm F8 telescope from Officina stellare and a NOVA 200 Direct drive mount has been installed. This setup has been running since July 2014, and is opened to public visitor, and is operated by an association of people to achieve from nice imaging to scientific observations.
After one day, the telescope and the mount has been installed, this setup was able to perform high performance imaging. The telescope despite 5200 mm focal length has no guiding CCD.
One of the first light object was the plantetary nebula NGC 7048. The next image is a single 300s unguided exposure, at 5200 mm focal length, and the star FHWM is 1.6 arsec and star shape is perfectly round (star elongation less than 10%)
Windows 7,8 and 10 ASCOM compliant software is available here