Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount w/ Pier Extension

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  • Regular price $479.99
  • ITEM #
    ES-MAZ-02P


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Features

  • The Twilight II Mount from Explore Scientific is a dual saddle Alt-Az mount capable of carrying up to 60 lbs.
  • Features two separate saddles to carry two telescopes at once.
  • 2" fully adjustable steel legs.
  • Includes a pier extension to provide proper clearance from the tripod legs.

Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az Mount w/ Pier Extension

Get more out of your scope with the Twilight II mount from Explore Scientific. Larger weight capacity, more stability and the ability to mount two telescopes simultaneously. You can have one telescope set up for visual and another for imaging, mount a telescope and a DSLR with lens, twin scopes - whatever suits your needs and desires! A perfect option for those that do outreach too. Capable of carrying a total load of approximately 60 pounds (granted appropriate balance is achieved between the two telescopes used), Explore has done numerous outreach events mounting a 127mm on one side and a 152mm on the other. This mount is a workhorse!

Beautifully designed and finished, the Twilight II mount has large chrome knobs and clutch locks for easy adjustments. The tripod included has 2" steel chrome plated, fully adjustable legs. The included spreader bar has a long threaded bar that securely holds everything in place and offers additional stability.

Additional Information

ManufacturerExplore Scientific
Mount DesignAlt Azimuth
Weight Capacity60 lbs.
  • Twilight II Mount Head
  • 2" Steel Tripod
  • Pier Extension
  • Spreader Bar

Questions & Answers

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  • How much does the mount weigh all by itself?

    Here are the weights for all of the parts from Explore Scientific's page: Tripod: 13.6 lbs Twilight II Head: 8.7 lbs Extension: 2.3 lbs

  • Hi: Is this compatible with the Celestron RASA? Thanks!

    Yes The Orion Starshoot Deep Space Video Camera will work with the Celestron RASA Astrograph

  • Hello, Coukd you put a counter weight on one side instead of two scopes ? Thanx for reply, Mark

    It would be possible, but probably not necessary unless the opposite side was at or near 30 lbs. You would need to get an LO-VUPS (https://www.optcorp.com/lo-vups-v-series-short-universal-dovetail-plate-7inch.html), a long 3/8"-16 screw or threaded rod (

  • Once the OTA's are mounted how can you make adjustments to track objects? I don't see motion controls. Is there an add-on to address slow motion control?

    This mount is essentially designed to behave similarly to a Dobsonian - you essentially push gently on the end of the scope near your eyepiece in order to follow the object. There really is not a way currently to add slow motion controls to this mount.

  • I have a 16 lb 5" refractor and a 40 lb 12" newtownian reflector. Can I mount both on here and have full range alt motion (0-90 deg) without worrying about it tipping over? Also, can I mount just the 40 lb scope without tipping concerns?

    Good day and thanks for asking. I would not recommend doing this. Although a 40 lb scope is well within the combined weight capacity of the Twilight there are going to be some azimuth orientations were the risk of tipping over will be unacceptably high.

  • I have a 16 lb 5" refractor and a 40 lb 12" newtownian reflector. Can I mount both on here and have full range alt motion (0-90 deg) without worrying about it tipping over? Also, can I mount just the 40 lb scope without tipping concerns?

    Let me answer the first part of your question. There is 18" of clearance between the saddle and the tripod leg. You will have to determine the distance from the COB to the end of your scopes to see if it will clear at that point. If you are between the le

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