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Explore Scientific Twilight I Adjustable Head Mount and Tripod

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The ultimate "grab-n-go" companion for your portable telescope, the new TwiLight I Altaz Mount has geared slow motions with flexible cable controls for fine altitude and azimuth adjustments.  Its sturdy metal continuously adjustable-height tripod will withstand years of rugged use. 
This mount, with it's adjustable angle head, provides a lighter and more versatile alternative to our TwiLight II mount. It has all the smoothness and versatility of its dual head cousin in just one head, making it smaller, lighter, and providing you with the mobility and ease that you desire. The TwiLight I is a perfect choice for all of your viewing needs and it is made with all the special care and craftsmanship of all Explore Scientific products. 
The TwiLight I is perfect for the Explore Scientific ED80, ED102, AR102, and BRESSER Messier Series telescopes. It's also a great choice for most brand small-to-medium telescopes that use a Vixen-style dovetail mounting plate. 
Although designed for small-to-medium size telescopes, heavier telescopes (e.g. ED127, and Comet Hunter) may also be used with the TwiLight I where larger tripods and mounts cannot be transported (e.g. during travel expeditions, etc).

Explore Scientific Twilight I Mount & Tripod


  The Twilight I is a light-to-medium-duty alt-azimuth mount and tripod designed to quickly and easily accept small to medium sized refractors, such as the ES AR102 or Carbon Fiber 102mm, and of course, the 80mm. Light weight, fast Newtonians will also match up nicely with the Explore Twilight I mount. As long as your telescope does not exceed 15 pounds, you are good to go, and if it does, then take a look at the Twilight II, which we'll talk about below.



The Twilight I alt-azimuth mount head is made of powder-coated aluminum and there are worm gears on both axes. The adjustable angle head can be tilted forward or back at a 45° angle, or you can point it straight up for viewing at the zenith. Slow motion control cables are attached on the vertical and horizontal axes, and are easy to turn during the night, even with gloves on, due to the over-sized knurled knobs that are attached to the end of each cable. A small wrench is included with this package, and is stored in the fork arm and held in place with a magnet. If you need to make quick adjustments to your mount, it is a snap to access the wrench and then store it safely away when done. It is a small thing, but an adjustment wrench is one less tool you will need to remember to bring with you on observing sessions!



The chrome-plated steel tripod that comes standard with the Twilight I mount has adjustable legs and a wide foot print of 42 inches, which makes the tripod more stable. A spreader bar locks against the inside of the legs to secure the tripod even further, and keep vibrations to a minimum.



Twilight 1 Mount Specifications:



  • Tripod fully collapsed, no mount head : 29.5"
  • Tripod fully collapsed with mount head: 42"
  • Tripod open, retracted legs, no mount head: 25"
  • Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head: 38.5" at highest point, 36" to the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Tripod open, legs fully extended, no mount head: 42"
  • Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head: 55.5" at highest point, 53" to the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Mount head dimensions: 14" x 7" x 4"
  • Foot print: 42"
  • Weight tripod base: 11 lb.
  • Weight mount head: 6.6 lb.
  • Total weight: 16.7 lb.

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