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Tele Vue's Tele-Pod Alt-Az Telescope Mount is a convenient, easy to use, travel mount for telescope OTAs up to about 76mm for astronomical use, and 85mm for terrestrial. The Tele-Pod combines the size, weight and flexibility of a photo tripod with the smooth, balanced altitude/azimuth motions of a yoke-and-cradle mount head. Tension-adjustable axes provide smooth motion for finding and tracking subjects without the need to constantly work locking knobs. Its offset tilt axis avoids interference between head and tripod.
The included tripod features a 22 lb load capacity, 28-64.2" height range, anodized aluminum construction, and switchable 1/4-20 to 3/8-16 camera adapter. Each leg has three sections and stand on rubberized feet for better traction. The top of the legs has foam covers for a more comfortable grip in cold and wet conditions. To lock the legs at different angle settings use the latches located at the top joint of each leg. The height can be locked with a knob lock and the center post raises and lowers independent of the legs to fine-tune OTA and eyepiece height for each observer.
Tele-Pod Alt-Az Yoke Mount (Head Only)
Tele Vue designed their Tele-Pod Alt-Az Yoke Mount for smooth and balanced tracking for OTAs up to 3" in aperture. It is configured as a dual-fork yoke mount that cradles your OTA at its center of balance for smooth pan/tilt motion with reduced vibrations, and smooth-motion altitude and azimuth bearings with tension adjustments. A single control handle enables precise control without the associated vibrations that normally come with moving a mount by hand.
The unique design allows for the OTA to move through an 85 to -10° altitude range from below the horizon (such as viewing from a hilltop) all the way close to the zenith. A scope-stop helps to prevent damage if the objective end 'nose dives' down. The Tele-Pod is offered here as a mount head only, and comes equipped with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting treads for easy attachment to most photo, video, field, or astronomical tripods. Mounting holes on the azimuth plate are pre-drilled for 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 bolts for attaching OTAs.
The Tele-Pod Tripod from Tele Vue features a 22 lb load capacity, 28 - 64.2" height range, anodized aluminum construction, and switchable 1/4-20 to 3/8-16 camera adapter. The legs with foam armoring at the top have three sections and stand on rubberized feet for better traction. To lock them at different angle settings use the latches located at the top joint of each leg. The height can be locked with a knob lock.
Load capacity: 22 lb
Height range: 28 - 64.2"
Camera adapter has 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 studs opposite side