Quick, There's a Comet! Grab Your Telescope!
Sometimes you want your telescope, and you want it now! If you are lucky enough to own a big equatorial mount and a large aperture optical tube assembly, that isn't easy to do unless you have it all ready to go in an observatory. However, if you have a nice, medium sized refractor and an uncomplicated alt-azimuth mount at the ready, then it is easy to get outside and begin observing in just a few minutes. That can be a real benefit on lots of occasions, whether the moon beckons, or a comet is hanging near the horizon, threatening to set into the west while you are still getting your 12" OTA out of its case! Enter the Explore Scientific TwiLight Mount!
Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod
The Twilight I is a light-to-medium-duty alt-azimuth mount and tripod designed to quickly and easily accept small to medium sized refractors, such as the Explore Scientific AR102 or Carbon Fiber 102mm, and of course, the 80mm. Lightweight, fast Newtonians will also match up nicely with the Explore Twilight I mount. As long as your telescope does not exceed 15 pounds, you are good to go.
The Twilight I alt-azimuth mount head is made of powder-coated aluminum and there are worm gears on both axes. The adjustable angle head can be tilted forward or back at a 45° angle, or you can point it straight up for viewing at the zenith. Slow motion control cables are attached on the vertical and horizontal axes, and are easy to turn during the night, even with gloves on, due to the over-sized knurled knobs that are attached to the end of each cable. A small wrench is included with this package, and is stored in the fork arm and held in place with a magnet. If you need to make quick adjustments to your mount, it is a snap to access the wrench and then store it safely away when done. It is a small thing, but an adjustment wrench is one less tool you will need to remember to bring with you on observing sessions!
The chrome-plated steel tripod that comes standard with the Twilight I mount has adjustable legs and a wide foot print of 42 inches, which makes the tripod more stable. A spreader bar locks against the inside of the legs to secure the tripod even further, and keep vibrations to a minimum.
Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod Specifications
- Tripod fully collapsed, no mount head: 29.5"
- Tripod fully collapsed with mount head: 42"
- Tripod open, retracted legs, no mount head: 25"
- Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head: 38.5" at highest point, 36" to the center of the mounting bracket.
- Tripod open, legs fully extended, no mount head: 42"
- Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head: 55.5" at highest point, 53" to the center of the mounting bracket.
- Mount head dimensions: 14" x 7" x 4"
- Foot print: 42"
- Tripod weight: 11 lb.
- Mount head weight: 6.6 lb.
- Total weight: 16.7 lb.
Explore Scientific Product Number: MAZ01-00
- Additional Information
SKU ES-MAZ01-00 UPC Code 812257010622 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 Objects in Database N/A Saddle Width Universal - Will adapt to most plates Weight Capacity 15 lbs. Leg Length 17" Accessory Tray Included? Yes Material Steel Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth Weight of Tripod/Monopod 11 lb. Weight of Head 6.6 lb.
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
The Explore Scientific Twilight I tripod is solid, despite its light weight. I have used it with both 70 mm f/6 and 111 mm f/7 refractors to great satisfaction. It handled the 111, with two rails, two finders, a diagonal and a heavy wide angle lens, very well in spite of being at or over the recommended weight. The slow motion gears worked smoothly. The double leg clamps help the rigidity. Vibrations are nicely damped out.
So why isn’t it a five? There was no full instruction sheet, only a “quick start guide”. I did not need the washers and there was a mysterious white disk left over. It is great for a quick grab, if I can leave it set up. But it is not so quick if it is stored with the leg tension plate removed, as there is a tricky “E-clip” that has to be removed and replaced every time that the tripod is fully put in storage. A set of alt-az setting circles would be a nice addition.
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- Included Items
- Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount
- Heavy Duty Tripod
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsHow accurate is the load limit of 15lbs? I'm thinking of buying a 15.4lbs scope and was wondering if it would be too much?Question by: Rss_1 on Jan 21, 2015 4:23:00 PMRight at the Explore Scientific site: http://explorescientificusa.com/collections/twilight-i/products/twilight-1-mount?variant=598477209 They specify: " Light weight, fast Newtonians will also match up nicely with the Explore Twilight I mount. As long as your telescope does not exceed 18 pounds, you are good to go. "
You should be good to go at 15.4 lbs. Up to 18 pounds. Also - keep in mind - the moment arm. If you have a short tube it will perform better than a lighter but longer ota.Answer by: Russ on Mar 29, 2015 9:50:56 PMQuestion by: Mikee on Dec 2, 2014 7:47:34 AMHello, I have a small F/3 newt scope with a camera shoe on it. Would this mount work for me. ? Really like the mount.!!Question by: Tom Dougherty on Sep 30, 2015 3:40:00 PMTom,
Could you send me pictures of tube you have? If it's a small enough scope, like a 6-inch, it should be
fine, You would need to get a vixen-style plate to fit into the shoe on he mount. If you could give me
a little more and send it to me at email@example.com, that would be helpful. Thanks.Answer by: Steve Thornton (Admin) on Sep 30, 2015 4:27:00 PMCan I reuse this mount head only to my 2 inch diameter Bresser Exos 2 mount tripod, and then will its capacity increase?Is it reversible? That is, does the top swing over both ways to accommodate scopes with rails on either side?Will the Lunt Engineering 70mm f/6 with its Vixen dovetail work well on this mount, or is it too short?I’m looking for a mount to include mounting accessories for my grandfather’s refractor telescope. The telescope's tube is 125mm in diameter and 610mm in length, the telescope ways 20lbs. Which mount would you recommend for this, and which accessories will I need?Question by: Joseph Nagel on Nov 19, 2015 2:54:00 PMJoseph,
I need to know if the telescope has a dovetail plate on it which would fit into one of our mounts. A mount like
the Twilight II needs a vixen style dovetail to attach to the mount.. If it doesn't, we might need to
get mounting rings. I would suggest a Twilight II mount because it has a larger weight
capacity. The twilight I only has a 15-pound capacity. Could you send me several photos of the telescope so I can get a good view of
it? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.Answer by: Steve Thornton (Admin) on Nov 19, 2015 5:35:00 PMI have a new SkyWatcher 127 Mak-Cass, with the dovetail bar on the underside. If I mount it on the twilight, it will sit in a very awkward position with the finder facing downward, on the lower left and the focuser will be located on top. Can this be adapted to accommodate scopes with the dovetail already factory-fixed to the underside of a scope like this?Question by: Dave on Apr 22, 2016 10:24:00 AMThe only options I see that might work for rotating the OTA by 90 degrees are by using an L bracket like this: https://www.optcorp.com/vixen-universal-plate-for-vixen-porta-mount-38011.html. Other than that, you might try switching the slow mothin control position and rotating the scope 180 degrees (putting the fork on the other side). This would put the focuser down and the finder up.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Apr 25, 2016 11:56:00 AM
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