The Explore Scientific Twilight II altazimuth mount is all about more . . . more payload capacity, more stability, and more telescopes! You can mount two telescopes on the Twilight II mount simultaneously, and it handles them both with ease.
The Twilight II altazimuth mount head has two Vixen-style dovetail slots, one on either side of the head. You can set up any short focal length refractor having a Vixen-style dovetail bar on one side of the Twilight II for low power wide angle views, with a long focal length Vixen-style dovetail refractor set up simultaneously on the other side for high power close-ups. Simply move your head from one scope to the other to change the power. There's no more fumbling in the dark to change eyepieces and refocus every time you want to change magnifications.
The Explore Scientific Twilight II Mount is also great at star parties and for public outreach. You can handle two observers with one mount simultaneously, without the need to run back and forth between mounts. At various conferences and outreach events, Explore Scientific has set up their 35 pound 152mm refractor on one side of a Twilight II and their 22 pound 127mm on the other, with no problems at all.
Of course, you don't have to use two scopes simultaneously. With its generous 60 pound payload capacity, the Twilight II can handle even a large single optical tube with ease.
Large chrome knobs on the heavy-duty Explore Scientific Twilight II mount head make it easy to adjust the clutch locks in altitude and azimuth, even with gloves on. The tripod has 2" chrome-plated adjustable height steel legs. A threaded bolt through the center of the tripod's spreader bar and into the mount head itself locks the tripod legs rigidly open to minimize vibrations. For easy access to your eyepieces, the spreader bar has cutouts to hold up to three 2" eyepieces.
The Twilight II mount by itself puts the eyepiece of reflectors and catadioptrics, such as the Explore Scientific Comet Hunter Maksutov-Newtonian, at a comfortable viewing height. With longer focal length scopes, such as the Explore Scientific 152mm and 127mm refractors, you can add additional height to your Twilight II Mount by using the included 8” pier extension. The pier extension raises the altazimuth mount head 8” obove the tripod. This makes for a more comfortable observing position when using longer refractors.
Twilight II Mount Specifications:
- Length of tripod fully collapsed with mount head for transport: 38.5" long
- Length of tripod fully collapsed with mount head and standard equipment pier extension for transport: 46"
- Height of tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head, but without the pier extension: 50" at highest point, 47.5" to the center of the mounting bracket.
- Height of tripod open, legs fully extended with mount head and standard pier extension: 58" to highest point, 55.5" to the center of the mounting bracket.
- Weight of tripod & mount head: 22.3 lb.
- Weight of tripod, mount head, and standard equipment pier extension: 24.6 lb.
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