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Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod

Item # HN-EXP019

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Explore Scientific
Type
Alt-Azimuth Mounts

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  • Alt-Azimuth Telescope Mount
  • Perfect for medium to lightweight telescopes
  • Payload capacity of 15 lbs.
  • Uses Vixen style dovetail bracket
  • Portable Grab and Go design
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Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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4.0

Good value for a small telescope

By Joseph

from WASHINGTON,DC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Portability
  • Stable tripod
  • User friendly

Cons

  • Needs better instructions
  • Not as stable as I'd like

Best Uses

  • Astronomy W Light Scope
  • Perfect W C5

Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod:

I was looking for a lightweight alt-az mount for "grab n go" that included slow motion controls. This mount was slightly challenging to assemble as the instructions were incomplete - thankfully the Orion website had a downloadable manual for a similar mount. I wish it were slightly more stable when the arm is positioned at 60 degrees from vertical (this is for viewing the zenith). But I suspect that would double or triple the price. When the arm is vertical, my C5 fits perfectly, even at 90 degree elevation, so this is an ideal mount for that small SCT scope. It also works fine with an 80 mm refractor. I cannot imagine this mount being satisfactory for a 100mm or larger refractor, or anything larger than a 6 inch SCT or MAK.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Pleased

By James

from SPRING,TX

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great For Quick Grab And

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Overall Viewing

    Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod:

    Greetings,

    Assembly was quick and easy. Strong and durable and actually quite stable. During the test runs I installed a SkyWatcher PRO 100ED. This is a 10 lb OT without the diaginal or Ep. Light vibration while skewing but very quick recovery once you have centered your object. I have a couple of EQ Mounts one with a Go To Function which is great for planned nights out in The Hills. But for a quick grab and go for things that come up for the backyard not very practicle. This mount fits the bill nicely and I am quite pleased with the purchase.

    Regards

    JimmyK

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great quality-great value

    By Patrick

    from SAGINAW,TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Ease of assembly
    • Good stability
    • No Stiction
    • Smooth Operation
    • Solid Construction
    • Super For Grab~'~~n Go

    Cons

    • Acessory Piece For What
    • Instructions lacking

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Astronomy
    • Great For Spotting Scope
    • Terrestrial viewing

    Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod:

    Built with quality and ease of use in mind. I knew it would stable with my AstroTech 72mm, but was apprehensive about trying it with my 6"Intes Mak/Cass. No problem at all. The tripod legs are spread wide enough apart that I'm not at all concerned about it possibly tipping over. The slow motion controls are smooth with either scope mounted. I have noticed absolutely no stiction. I'm very happy with this mount. I waited almost 5 months for an AstroTech Voyager I ordered from another company...and it was still nowhere in sight of arriving, so I cancelled my order and purchased my Twilight I. Glad I did!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock Solid, High Quality

    By Scott

    from FAIRPORT,NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Design
    • price
    • Quality
    • Stability

    Cons

    • Instructions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod:

      The design of the leg portion is similar to Celestron SE mounts where a solid plate spreads the tripod legs apart. This is more durable than the plastic legs used on other mounts (I managed to break the triangular plastic spreader portion on my Astro-Tech Voyager after only a few uses). Design, workmanship and controls on this mount are excellent. Doing a direct field comparison with the Voyager mount, I found the Explore mount to be more stable.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great grab and go mount.

      By Wayland

      from BETTENDORF,IA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up In Field
      • Light Weight

      Cons

      • Lack of instructions

      Best Uses

      • Astronomical Observing

      Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod:

      Would rate it as a five except instructions are lacking. One printed page dealing with the shaft holding the head onto the tripod. I have one part left over and have no idea where it might be used.

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