Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount w/ Pier Extension
Get more out of your scope with the Twilight II mount from Explore Scientific. Larger weight capacity, more stability and the ability to mount two telescopes simultaneously. You can have one telescope set up for visual and another for imaging, mount a telescope and a DSLR with lens, twin scopes - whatever suits your needs and desires! A perfect option for those that do outreach too. Capable of carrying a total load of approximately 60 pounds (granted appropriate balance is acheived between the two telescopes used), Explore has done numerous outreach events mounting a 127mm on one side and a 152mm on the other. This mount is a workhorse!
Beautifully designed and finished, the Twilight II mount has large chrome knobs and clutch locks for easy adjustments. The tripod included has 2" steel chrome plated, fully adjustable legs. The included spreader bar has a long threaded bar that securely holds everything in place and offers additional stability.
Includes a pier extension to ensure proper clearance for telescopes from the tripod legs.
Manufacturer Product Number: MAZ-02P
- Additional Information
SKU ES-MAZ-02P UPC Code 812257015917 Head Design Alt-Azimuth Tripod or Pier Included? Yes GPS Included? No Electronics Included None/ Manual Manufacturer Explore Scientific Warranty Lifetime Warranty Hand Controller Included None - None Available # of Counterweights Included 0 Saddle Width V Series Weight Capacity 60 lbs. Material Aluminum Power Supply Included None - Does Not Require Power Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth
- Included Items
- Twilight II Mount Head
- 2" Steel Tripod
- Pier Extension
- Spreader Bar
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsOnce the OTA's are mounted how can you make adjustments to track objects? I don't see motion controls. Is there an add-on to address slow motion control?Question by: Joshua on Jan 27, 2017 8:32:00 AMThis mount is essentially designed to behave similarly to a Dobsonian - you essentially push gently on the end of the scope near your eyepiece in order to follow the object. There really is not a way currently to add slow motion controls to this mount.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Jan 27, 2017 4:15:00 PMI have a 16 lb 5" refractor and a 40 lb 12" newtownian reflector. Can I mount both on here and have full range alt motion (0-90 deg) without worrying about it tipping over? Also, can I mount just the 40 lb scope without tipping concerns?Question by: Kevin Bridges on Mar 17, 2017 5:51:00 PMGood day and thanks for asking. I would not recommend doing this. Although a 40 lb scope is well within the combined weight capacity of the Twilight there are going to be some azimuth orientations were the risk of tipping over will be unacceptably high.Answer by: Charles Walker (Admin) on Mar 30, 2017 11:07:00 AMLet me answer the first part of your question. There is 18" of clearance between the saddle and the tripod leg. You will have to determine the distance from the COB to the end of your scopes to see if it will clear at that point. If you are between the legs, most any scope will clear.Answer by: Charles Walker (Admin) on Mar 30, 2017 11:11:00 AMQuestion by: Mark Johnston on Feb 8, 2016 9:44:00 PMIt would be possible, but probably not necessary unless the opposite side was at or near 30 lbs. You would need to get an LO-VUPS (https://www.optcorp.com/lo-vups-v-series-short-universal-dovetail-plate-7inch.html), a long 3/8"-16 screw or threaded rod (likely purchased from a local hardware store) which threads into the largest threaded hole on the VUPS, and then one or more of these, as needed (https://www.optcorp.com/losmandy-extra-5-lb-weight-for-dws-or-ws-systems.html). The counterweight may not be able to be mounted exactly at the balance point (especially if the screw head hits the saddle) but you should be able to slide the other scope forward or back to compensate.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Feb 9, 2016 5:40:00 PM
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