Transportable mount with stainless steel tripod for terrestrial viewing and sky observation with highest comfort.
♦ Coarse adjustment for quick panning - horizontal 360° - vertical 0-90°
♦ Working height continuously adjustable from approximately 90 cm to 130 cm
♦ Fine adjustment with flexible shafts in both axes, makes tracking of slowly moving objects or precise centering at high magnifications easy
♦ suitable for telescopes, spotting scopes and telephoto lenses up to 8 kg
♦ convenient quick release (GP level) - matching dovetail plates are available
♦ The fork arm can be tilted by 45° - thereby you can use longer telescopes
♦ Ideal for observing the countryside with spotting scopes - Image at left with optional TS 100 mm Final ED spotting scope
♦ Includes adapter for photo tripods, if you take the mount with you when travelling
This versatile mount for astronomy, landscape viewing and photography. With its 6 kg weight, the mount is still portable and can be disassembled into two parts with only a few steps. Suitable for telescopes and spotting scopes up to 8 kg.
♦ Daylight viewing
♦ Astronomy - setting up and start - that is possible with this mount. The height-adjustable aluminium tripod allows for a customizable viewing height from 90 cm to 130 cm. Birders, for example, can follow the object between the trees and centre it exactly into the middle by the fine adjustment.
♦ Photography - attach your telephoto lens to the mount with fitting photo dovetail plates. The AZ is an excellent alternative to photo tripods. The advantages of the AZ compared to common photo tripods are obvious. The AZ is more stable than usual photo tripods and it has a fine adjustment worthy of its name. The AZ mount is a REAL geared head. Additionally, you can balance the telephoto lens perfectly. That allows for especially smooth panning.
♦ Travelling - a special plus of the AZ mount is that you can take off the fork arm from the base in a few seconds. This gives you two units which are suitable for air travel and can be reassembled within a few seconds.
Unfasten both clamping levers and you can swivel the instrument as desired, thus tracking objects which are moving very fast. When you have reached the object, fasten the levers slightly to engage the gear and you can then make fine adjustments with the flexible shafts. Thus you can centre the object exactly in the middle or track planets and stars.
The photo tripod adapter makes the mount even more flexible. You can leave the sturdy but also heavy metal tripod at home and attach the photo tripod adapter to the base of the mount. This provides you with a 3/8" internal thread on the underside. The mount fits on your photo tripod.
This system offers an innovative quick release for mounting every instrument, from telephoto lens to a telescope, trouble-free and without tools. With a suitable dovetail bar, for example, you can shift a spotting scope, thus reaching perfect balance. This improves readjusting and makes generally for more viewing comfort.
A very useful feature is the adjustable inclination of the fork arm. You can set it vertically or tilt it by 45°. The vertical position is best for very short spotting scopes or telescopes - if terrestrial observations are your main intention.
You will use the 45° inclination for astronomical purposes if ou want to slew longer telescopes unrestricted to the zenith. This way, hitting a tripod leg with the telescope can be avoided. Inclination also makes sense for binoculars, thus you can achieve a more comfortable insight.