Explore Scientific Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod

Explore Scientific Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod

Explore Scientific Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod

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Explore Scientific Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod

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  • Load Capacity: 15 lb
  • Max Height: 55.5"
  • Min Height: 38.5"
  • Folded Length: 42"
  • Weight: 16.7 lb
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Saddle
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The Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod from Explore Scientific is designed to hold a small to medium sized refractor, or a lightweight Newtonian up to 15 lb. It extends from 38.5" to 55.5" high, weighs 16.7 lb, and folds down to 42" for transport.

The mount is made of powder-coated aluminum, with worm gears on both axes, and a Vixen-style dovetail saddle. The head can be tilted back-to-front to a 45° angle, and can also be set to point straight up for viewing at the zenith.

Large knobs on the vertical and horizontal slow-motion control cables make adjustments easy, even with gloves on. An included wrench for adjusting the mount is easily stored in the fork arm, and held in place with a magnet.

The tripod is chrome-plated steel, has a 42" footprint, and individually adjustable legs that are secured via thumbscrews. For further strength and vibration reduction, a spreader bar locks against the inside of the legs.

UPC: 812257010622
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Explore Scientific Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod
  • Mount
  • Tripod
  • Wrench
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration
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    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 15 lb (6.8 kg)
    Maximum Height Highest Point with Mount: 55.5" (141 cm)
    Center of Mounting Bracket: 53" (135 cm)
    Highest Point without Mount: 42" (107 cm)
    Minimum Height Legs Retracted With Mount:
    Highest Point: 38.5" (98 cm) Center of Mounting Bracket: 36" (91 cm)

    Legs Retracted without Mount: 25" (64 cm)
    Leg Sections 3
    Folded Length Without Mount: 29.5" (75 cm)
    With Mount: 42" (107 cm)
    Mount Type Vixen-style
    Includes Tripod/Pier Yes
    Dimensions Head: 14 x 7 x 4" (36 x 18 x 10 cm)
    Footprint: 42" (107 cm)
    Weight Tripod: 11 lb (5 kg)
    Mount: 6.6 lb (3 kg)
    Total: 16.7 lb (7.6 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 21.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 47.5 x 11.5 x 8.5"
    Twilight I Altazimuth Mount with Tripod is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again I bought this mount primarily for my 80mm Refractor Telescope. I do have an Equatorial Mount I use when I want to take photos, however, it takes time to set up. With the Twilight I mount I have very little set up time and I can start observing right away. It is light, easy to set up, and the controls are smooth. In addition, I can use it for short exposures of the moon or planets. It did not come with an owners manual, only a one-page setup guide so hopefully your handy and can figure out how to assemble it (there are online tutorials).
    Date published: 2015-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and sturdy mount!!! I have an Orion Apex 127mm telescope which was mounted on a Celestron heavy duty alt-azimuth. This mount was not strong enough to support the telescope and this was very easy to see specially when trying to point to a location near the zenith. I spent a lot of time researching all available options for a new alt-azimuth alternative. I'm not interested at this point in an equatorial mount. I basically want to quickly point to a point in the sky and start observing. I do wanted to have slow motion controls though. There are some good alternatives without slow controls, but that makes the whole exercise too difficult and not enjoyable. I narrow my search between the Orion VersaGo III (being that I have an Orion telescope) and Vixen Optics Porta II Altazimuth Mount. I then realized the VersaGo III is actually made by Explorer Scientific and it's called Twilight I. In fact, Orion sells this mount for more and it puts a home made kind of printed sticker on it with the name 'Orion VersaGo III'. Yes, I know that because I bought it first from Them and returned. The mount came very badly packed, scratched, missing parts, etc. A horrible experience, but that is another completely story I won't explain here. Regardless of that bad experience I had the chance to see the mount in person and realized it was a great mount. I decided to order from B&H and what I great experience this time. I received my new mount, the original Twilight I from ES in perfect conditions, well packed, all parts and in brand new impeccable conditions (as expected), oh, and for less money I should really point out. About the base: I'm impress with the quality. It is actually beautiful and very strong. It holds my telescope without any problems. If well balance, I don't even need to lock the telescope to keep it in a selected position. I can simply move it up and down with one finger and it stays there. The locking mechanism though is great. You can pull the nobs to re-adjust if needed since turning them may get to a point where they hit the base. The height is comfortable enough for me. I read some people wanted to be higher, but that will probably make it to heavy. Once assembled I can pick it up with easy, it not really heavy. It feels very strong and sturdy, and I guess if it was lighter it had to be made of less strong materials. It has a quick dovetail adapter with a second safe lock, so you can be sure your scope is not going to fall. It is easy to get the scope on and off the mount. I wish the nuts had a rubber tip though. One surprise is that the mount can be customized in many ways. You can flip the mount arm left or right for instance. I had to do that since my scope is better mounted with the dovetail on the left. You can change the angle on the arm from 90 degrees to 45. You can change the rotation of the dovetail. I did this to move on of the slow controls away from the scope, and you can do the same with the base. And finally it comes with a bonus piece to attach a camera where the dovetail goes, so you can use you camera on the mount and even with slow controls. That is an extra treat I think. The only thing I found was that you need two washers that did not come in the package. If you look for youtube videos on how to assembly the base you'll know what I'm talking about. One last thing. My only concern before buying the mount was about not being able to easily close it. You can loose the bottom lock, turn the plate a little and being able to close the legs to make the entire base easier to transport. This is as much as you can close it in one piece, unless you disassemble the mount completely. This is not the best situation, but something had to give. I don't mind to keep it assembled in my home office. It looks great and I keep it ready to use when needed. Oh, I mentioned I considered buying Vixen Porta II, but I realized the tripod was exactly the same I already had on my Celestron 'heavy' duty mount, so that was a no no for me. And besides, Vixen mount arm is fixed to 45 degrees and not as flexible as the ES Twilight I. All in all, a great mount highly recommended and for under $200 you won't find any other option as good as this.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 star tripod Easy to assemble, stable, and slow motion controls were outstanding. I have a small scope and the tripod worked great I was able to easily keep Saturn centered in the eyepiece!!!!
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and very solid Great product and very solid
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginners Tripod This tripod is best tripod for its price hands-down. I use it with a Stellarvue 60 EDS, and it's operation is flawless. The controls are silky smooth, and it's construction is very solid. Definitely would recommend.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well engineered little mount I am impressed with the overall quality of the tripod and mount, especially for the price. I am using this mount to support a 6 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope that weighs about 11 1/2 pound plus the additional weight of a finder, diagonal, and eyepiece. It seems quite adequate for the combined weights of these items. I like all the adjustments available for changing the position of the mount relative to its tripod. The slow motion controls are smooth are great for tracking astronomical objects being viewed. The tripod legs are sturdy.
    Date published: 2017-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good mount This is the first dedicated telescope mount I've purchased and so far very happy with it. It's stable and sturdy and has made the views in my entry level telescope much sharper. The slow motion controls made tracking objects so easy and smooth. The only real con is that there is a groove where the tripod and mount meet so you can't just slap on any other mount you may have onto the tripod.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explore Scientific customer service I bought this mount a while back, and I notice that one of the slow motion knob was bent. I tried to straightened it but the this brass part is brittle and it snapped on me. Now I cannot use thr altitude slow motion drive as it was broken. I took a chance and emailed Explore scientific customer service and explain the situation with supporting pictures. A week later, a replacement part shows up on my door step. I highly recommend Explore scientific customer service and they do stand behind the product they are selling.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
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