Tele Vue Telescope Balance Aid
Tele Vue Telescope Balance Aid - APB-1008: For use with Tele Vue mounts, the Telescope Balancing Aid moves the scope's center of gravity forward about an added two and half inches for better balance with heavier eyepieces and added photographic equipment.
The Tele Vue APB-1008 Balance Aid was designed originally for standard Tele Vue telescope ring mounts, but can also be adapted to photo tripods as well.
TeleVue Product Number: APB-1008
Customer Note: As of 1/1/12, Tele Vue has extended it's warranty on eyepieces, Barlows, Powermates, and Parracors from 5 years to a LIFETIME warranty! This will be effective on sales on 1/1/12 moving forward only and is not retroactive in any way. The warranty will still cover optical performance, optical coatings, optical cementing, plus mechanical components, and operation of the product. This warranty still applies to the original owner and a dated proof of purchase must accompany any warranty repair claim.
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Positive balance aid accessory
I have been trying hard to balance my TV-85 in the past with my heavier eyepieces on a Telepod Head. I love the 2 35mm Panoptic and the heavier Ethos 13mm. Both are nicely balanced when using this balancing aid mounting plate, otherwise over-tightening the elevation friction screws on the Telepod head would be necessary, leading to a possible thread damage due to the softness of the screw material. Problem solved with this mounting plate. The center of gravity of the TV85 is moved forward enough to enhance the balance with the heavier eyepieces. The construction is purely Televue, as well as fit and finish. The installation is very quick. It even allows me to use the fine focus driver with enough space between the stepper motor and the base of the Telepod head. The Balancing aid is permanently attached to my scope mounting ring and it fits nicely when stored with the telescope in the original Televue soft case. I feel it even adds protection to the lower end of the ivory tube from the lack of protective gray foam on one side of the soft case. Would recommend this accessory to anybody enjoying the use of heavy eyepieces on both the TV85 or the TV76 (where I understand it is a must even for not so heavy eyepieces Thank you Televue for such a nice integration of accessories to complete an intelligent dream refractor telescope system!