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Designed as a basic equatorial mount for beginners or as a simple grab-and-go option for more experienced enthusiasts, Vixen Optics' AP Advanced Polaris EQ Mount is engineered to customized as your needs demand. Offered here in its bare-bones configuration, it will serve well as a conventional equatorial mount with competent 13.2-pound payload capacity, adjustment dials for the altitude and azimuth axes, and a counterweight and shaft. A clutch-less friction-control system allows the mount to be quickly moved to your target by simply pointing the OTA where you want it with your hands.
Intended as a complete observational platform, Vixen includes their APP-TL130 adjustable-height tripod that has an adjustable height from 20.7-45.6" to accommodate an array of users and a variety of OTA styles and sizes. An array of optional accessories are available separately so you can tailor the mount to your specific needs including: a right ascension motor and Star Book One hand controller kit, declination motor, Polar alignment scope, and Polar meter.
Equatorial mount with optional accessories for customization
13.2-pound payload capacity, without counterweight
Azimuth adjustment range
1.4° per rotation
Dual adjustment screws with knobs
Altitude adjustment range:
1.9° per rotation
Tangent screw with handle
20mm steel counterweight bar
2.2lb (1kg) counterweight
360° micro movement on both axes
Right ascension:11.0mm diameter, brass
Declination:9.8mm diameter, brass
R.A: 73.5mm diameter, 144-tooth wheel gear
Dec: 58.4mm diameter, 144-tooth wheel gear
Friction break with adjustable tension on both axes
Three leg sections
Collapsed length: 24"
Min leg length: 22.4"
Max leg length: 51"
Adjustable height from 20.7-45.6"
Weight: 7 pounds
Compatibility: Vixen Porta II mount, GP Mount, and fork mount
In the Box
Vixen Optics AP Advanced Polaris EQ Mount with Tripod
4mm Allen Wrench
3mm Allen Wrench
Slow Motion Control Knob
Limited Five-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
13.2 lb / 6.0 kg
Altitude / Latitude Adjustment
Altitude: 0 - 65° Azimuth: ±6.5°
Polar Axis Scope
Three leg sections Adjustable height from 20.7 - 45.6" / 52.6 - 133.6 cm Collapsed length: 24.0" / 61.0 cm Min leg length: 22.4" / 57.2 cm Max leg length: 51.0" / 129.5 cm
Head: 11.9 x 10.4 x 3.8" / 30.2 x 26.3 x 9.6 cm
Head: 7.9 lb / 3.6 kg, without counterweight Tripod: 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
Vixen Optics AP Advanced Polaris EQ Mount with Tripod Review