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Peterson Mounting Assistant for Meade 7"-12" & 14" LX90, LX200 & ACF Telescopes


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  • Peterson Engineering - Mounting Assistant for Meade 7"-12" & 14" LX90, LX200 & ACF Telescopes

    The Mounting Assistant is a super-compact 8-1/2" X 10-1/4" mounting plate designed to simplify attachment of Meade's LX200GPS, LX400-ACF, LX200 Classic and LX90 telescopes being used in the Alt-azimuth mode with Meade's Standard Field Tripod, Giant Field Tripod or Ultra Stable Tripod. It fits the 7" MCT as well as the 8", 10", 12" and 14" RCX and SCT.

    With this mounting system, you first, "square" the tripod using hardware supplied to insure that the legs are properly positioned. Then you simply place the rounded end of the telescope base against the three yellow positioning fingers and lower the telescope until it sits upon the base. Instead of wobbling, the telescope sits firmly upon the plate and perfectly aligned over the tripod mounting screw. Simply raise the mounting screw and turn to engage.

    This design solves 6 major problems inherent in competitive mounting plates, which are typically larger and permit the temporary storage of eyepieces.

      1) Our experience (in the North-East U.S.) is that eyepiece lenses stored on oversized mounting plate eyepiece trays rapidly collect dew, rendering them unusable without being dried off. Even in dry conditions, upright eyepieces seem to have an affinity for collecting cigarette ashes, dust and debris carried on the breeze.

      2) We also found that large competitive plates protrude excessively, interfering with observing objects at the zenith. Your neck hits the plate long before your eye reaches the eyepiece. Our smaller plates allow easy access to the eyepiece, even when viewing directly overhead.

      3) The Mounting Assistant's compact size permits convenient storage of your tripod in a tight space such as a closet or a vehicle without removal of the mounting plate.

      4) To better accomodate SCT owners, a wing nut and washer (not shown) are included with the Mounting Assistant system to simplify "squaring" Meade's Standard Field Tripod and Giant Field Tripod before placing the scope on the mounting plate. This simple procedure has been shown to be 100% effective - the scope mounts 100% of the time; first time, every time. At present this is the only mounting plate known to provide this additional feature.

      5) The Mounting Assistant is the lightest weight mounting aid available. For Meade's lightweight standard field tripod weight isn't a concern, but every ounce saved makes a difference if you have the heavy giant field tripod. While most mounting systems on the market are single plate designs, there are some costly and heavy 2 plate systems on the market. These systems require bolting an extra part to the base of your scope, increasing the weight of what is already the heaviest component in your system.

      6) One of the key points overlooked by astronomers looking for a mounting device is the high cost of shipping a large heavy metal plate. The Mounting Assistant is small enough and light enough to bring the cost of shipping down substantially.

    The Mounting Assistant is fabricated from alloy 6061T6 aircraft aluminum, and finished with black anodize. The mounting guide posts are steel covered with vinyl so as to prevent marring the telescope base. The hardware for attaching to the tripod is included.

    Peterson Engineering Product Number: MA

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Janna A.
United States United States
Peterson mounting assistant for Meade LX200 classic.

Excellent. Nicely designed. Directions easy to understand. Quick delivery.

United States United States
Peterson Mounting Assistant

Very easy to install and very helpful in setting the telescope on the base. I would recommend this item to friends. Nice quality and finish.

Ken W.
United States United States
Very helpful unit

The Peterson mount has been very helpful it’s a little on the pricey side but I think in the long run as I get older it’s value will only increase. Well worth it ! Ken W.

Joshua R.
United States United States
So much easier to set up telescope

Setting up the telescope is so much easier with the Peterson Mounting Assistant. This actually gets me out to my backyard under the skies more often because one of the challenging aspects of setup - ******** the mount to the stand - has been eliminated. Well worth the cost.

Robert K.
United States
Mounting Assistant Helps

Good. It adds an extra step to the setup process but not a big deal. I also learned a new and better way to handle the 8" LX200 when mounting it (from the instructions).

Great mount assist

Well made, sets up quickly and the size and weight doesn't make the tripod clunky. The hardware to square the tripod legs is simplistic yet totally functionsl - it makes tripod setup more positive and less time consuming. An excellent addition for my scope.