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Explore Scientific Twilight II Deluxe Dual-Head Altaz Mount w/ Heavy-Duty Field Tripod

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Stable and smooth, the new TwiLight II Altaz Mount comes with a dual mount head, and a heavy-duty adjustable-height tripod designed for years of rugged use.
 
You can use one or two telescopes simultaneously on the TwiLight II. Probably the questions that we are asked most is, "Why use two telescopes on a mount at the same time?"... Well many of our friends own more than one telescope, and it is fun to compare them side by side. It also works very well with crowds during astronomy outreach nights, allowing the host astronomer to keep one of the telescopes aimed while the people in line take a look through the other.
 
Of course you can use just one telescope on the TwiLight II. Our largest and heaviest telescope, the DAR152 (six-inch doublet), works fine without counterbalancing the other side.
 
The dual mount head accepts all Explore Scientific telescopes, and most other telescopes that use a Vixen-style dovetail mounting plate.

Explore Scientific Twilight II Dual-Head Heavy-Duty Mount & Tripod

 

The Twilight II mount is all about more…more weight capacity, more stability, and more telescopes! Yes, you can ride two telescopes on this mount, and it handles them with ease. Set up one scope for visual use and the other for photography, or be the ultimate romantic and set up twin telescopes; one for you and one for your significant other! The Explore Scientific Twilight II Mount would also be a great solution if you are working a star party for outreach, and want to handle twice as many people at the eyepiece without the need to run back and forth between mounts. At various conferences and outreach events we have had our 152mm refractor on one side and our 127mm on the other, with no problems at all. 

Large chrome knobs on the heavy-duty mount head make it easy to adjust the clutch locks, even with gloves on. The tripod you'll get with the Twilight II mount has 2" steel chrome-plated adjustable legs. The spreader bar becomes securely seated against the tripod legs via a threaded bolt that makes its way through the center of the spreader bar and into the mount head itself. The weight capacity is approximately 60 pounds.  

 

Twilight II Mount Specifications:

 

 

  • Tripod fully collapsed, no mount head: 31.5"
  • Tripod fully collapsed with mount head: 38.5"
  • Tripod fully collapsed with mount head and pier extension (optional): 46"
  • Tripod open, retracted legs, no mount head: 26.5"
  • Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head: 34.5" at highest point, 32" to the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Tripod open, retracted legs, with mount head and pier extension (optional): 42.5" to highest point, 40" to the center of the mounting bracket
  • Tripod open, legs fully extended, no mount head: 42.5"
  • Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head: 50" at highest point, 47.5" to the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Tripod open, legs fully extended with mount head and pier extension: 58" to highest point, 55.5" to the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Weight tripod base: 13.6 lb.
  • Weight tripod & mount head: 22.3 lb.
  • Weight tripod, mount head, pier extension: 24.6 lb.

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