Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod

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Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod
Item # ES-MAZ01-00
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  • The Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Azimuth Mount is equipped with an HD (heavy-duty) tripod.
  • Allows quick and easy viewing with small or mid-sized telescopes.
  • This Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Azimuth Mount has a weight capacity of 15 lbs.
  • Chrome-plated steel tripod has adjustable legs and a wide foot print of 42 inches.


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

Additional Information

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.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by John in New Hampshire / (Posted on 10/19/2013)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Explore Scientific Twilight 1 Alt-Az Mount
  • Heavy Duty Tripod
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

How 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?
How thick are the tripod legs?
Is it reversible? That is, does the top swing over both ways to accommodate scopes with rails on either side?
Hello, I have a small F/3 newt scope with a camera shoe on it. Would this mount work for me. ? Really like the mount.!!
Can I reuse this mount head only to my 2 inch diameter Bresser Exos 2 mount tripod, and then will its capacity increase?
Is this compatible with Vixen-style dovetail bars? The specifications are vague.
Will this work with the Lunt 50mm solar scope?
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?
Will the Lunt Engineering 70mm f/6 with its Vixen dovetail work well on this mount, or is it too short?
I 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?
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