Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Telescope Mount

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LO-AZ8
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  • Regular price $800.00
  • Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Telescope Mount

    • Sale
    • Regular price $800.00
    • ITEM #
      LO-AZ8


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    Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Telescope Mount

    Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Head Mount

    Scott Losmandy is known for precision mount design and fabrication. The AZ8 is no exception. Like all Losmandy mounts, the Losmandy AZ8 Alt Azimuth mount is machined from black anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware throughout. Fine needle bearings paired with high quality 7075 aluminum worm gears provide smooth, concise and controlled movement. 360 degree rotation of both axes is controlled by two slow motion knobs. Clear and easy to read 3.5" laser engraved setting circles help keep set up and tracking simple.

    The AZ8 also boasts an impressive weight capacity via it's two head design. When properly balanced each side is capable of carrying 35 lbs. for a total carrying capacity of 70 lbs. Its motor-less design paired with the dual heads makes it the optimal choice for outreach and educational opportunities. Set an h-alpha scope on one side and telescope with a white light filter on the other for a side by side comparison or a small refractor with camera on one head and a larger refractor or small Cassegrain on the other for observing while doing short exposure imaging, great for lunar or solar imaging!

    Highly versatile and very portable, each head of the Losmandy AZ8 offers a dual saddle plate capable of securely holding a V or D style dovetail. The head and tripod weigh a light 13 lbs. each and are compact in size the tripod folding down to just 29 inches. The aluminum tripod includes a 6 inch riser to keep mounted equipment clear of the tripod legs. Integrated bubble level and tilting tripod feet help ensure a level and quick set up. The tripod is easily adjustable up to 46 inches.

    Losmandy AZ8 Specifications

    • 2" and 2.1" diameter needle thrust bearings
    • Two (2) 1.5" diameter needle bearings
    • 360??? dual axes rotation
    • 2.812" diameter 7075 aluminum worm gear with 180 teeth
    • High precision brass worm
    • Variable slip clutch on both axes.
    • 3.5" laser engraved setting circles
    • 1.25" diameter aluminum shafts
    • Dual saddles supporting either D or V series dovetails
    • Head weight 13 lbs.
    • Tripod weight 13 lbs.
    • Tripod leg length 29 - 46 inches
    • Potential weight capacity of 70 lbs.

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    • Will the AZ8 be compatable with a set of encoders? If so, which product and manufacturer? Thanks.

      I was told by Scott that the Gemini 2 will fit this.

    • Can this mount be used with only one scope like a celestron HD 9.25 or 11 OTA?

      Thank you for your question. This mount has a weight capacity of 70 pounds total with a capacity of 35 pounds for each side. The 9.25 HD OTA is 21 lbs while the 11" is 28 lbs so they can be used by themselves or together.

    • Can this mount be used with only one scope like a celestron HD 9.25 or 11 OTA?

      Thank you for your question. This mount has a weight capacity of 70 pounds total with a capacity of 35 pounds for each side. The 9.25 HD OTA is 21 lbs while the 11" is 28 lbs so they can be used by themselves or together.

    • Aloha OPT, Is there some sort of alignment procedure that needs to be done in order to use the mount's setting circles? Are the setting circles accurate enough to locate DSOs? And are there any good 'digital' setting circles (and encoders) that c

      With regards to the built-in setting circles, a lot of the answer will relate to the field-of-view of your system. The setting-circles are marked in 1-degree increments. So it is believable that with careful use one could get within 15-30 arc minutes wi

    • It seems from the pictures that the azimuth slow-mo knob can get into a very difficult-to-reach situation at certain mount/scope positions, almost actually hitting the saddle at times. Is this a visual illusion or something that was unavoidable given desi

      There is an optical illusion in the picture, in that the AZ adjustment knob is closer to the viewer than the saddle plate, so there is no danger of them running into each other. As long as you use the mount with the AZ knob toward the front apertures of t

    • Is this brand new equipment, and therefore covered by Celestron's own 2-year warranty?

      Yes, this mount will still have it's 2-year warranty. This warranty is only valid in the United States and Canada.

    • What is the maximum height of the tripod & mount, measured to the middle of the altitude axis, including one 6" riser?

      According to Losmandy, the total height from the ground to the center of the ALT axis saddle plates is approx. 60" high with the included 6" riser and the tripod fully extended.

    • Can flexible slow motion control cables be added?

      Currently there are no cables available for the slow motion control.

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