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

Item # HN-EXP002

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Brand
Explore Scientific
Type
Alt-Azimuth Mounts

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  • Designed to mount 1 or 2 telescopes at a time
  • Works with telescopes that use Vixen-style dovetail brackets
  • Heavy duty with adjustable height and dual-mount head
  • Counterbalance not needed when mounting one telescope
  • Weight capacity of 50 lbs.
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Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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    (6)

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    (2)

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good footing (6)
  • Smooth movement (6)
  • Easily adjusted (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Was this a gift?:
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      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      1.0

      azimuth tension

      By Howard

      from BOYNTON BEACH,FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Footing

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Jerky Movement
      • Slips Out Of Position

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy Two Telescope
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod:

      Azimuth mode varies. Tension uneven

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      • No
       
      5.0

      exactly what I expected

      By Lewis

      from BERKELEY SPRINGS,WV

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy assembly
      • Heavy Duty
      • Smooth Movement
      • Well Constructed

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod:

          The ES alt-az tripod and mount arrived early, was packaged well and as indicated in other reviews went together relatively easy. I did have to contact Hayneedle regarding an "E" clip that was left over after assembly and the mystery was solved pretty quickly. The "E" clip was installed. This mount/tripod is a "beast" (as my kids would say). Heavy duty and rotates just as smooth as silk. I have absolutely no concerns about the product, the service, the assembly and about the ability of the mount to manage my 23+ pound telescope.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Nice Product!

          By Sidewalk Universe

          from Sparks NV

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod:

              Works great either in a tandem or single OTA arrangement.Easy to align scopes in a tandem w/ 2 OTA's

              Basic setup but some instructions would have been nice as there are a few small parts.

              Excellent ship time - mine arrived early!

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Twilight II mount is an exceptional.

              By Phil

              from Englewood, Tennessee

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Adjusted
              • Good Footing
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Outdoors
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod:

                This is an exceptional mount and very sturdy built and extreamly smooth and strudy. There is nothing I dislike about this mount and would recomend it to any one. Hayneedle provided great customer service.

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                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very nice manual Alt-Az, but not perfect

                By mrbeeg

                from Northern IL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beefy and Stable
                • Easily Adjusted
                • Locks In Tight
                • Two parallel Vixen mounts

                Cons

                • Jerky Movement
                • Needs 2-in EP holders
                • Needs counterweight

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount with Heavy Duty Tripod:

                  I use this as a grab-n-go for my ES 127 triplet APO. Quick setup, very sturdy and stable, easily handles 25+ lbs. Tripod is similar in heft and quality to a CGEM.

                  Altitude adjustments are easy, and the axis locks securely. The Azimuth hub rotates smoothly as long as the load is balanced on both sides of the head. With a 20+ lb APO on one side, you cannot smoothly rotate in azimuth unless you pull down on the other side of the head. (Even after lubrication with PTFE grease.) I will have to make a counterweight on a vixen dovetail...

                  A little expensive for what it is, but you're not going to find a better non-computerized mount.

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