New, upgraded AYO II Alt-Az mount from AOKswiss.
This is the mount other Alt-Az mounts want to be when they are grown up :-)
Built in Switzerland the AYO II is the combination of over 15 years of development and refinement. If you like engineering you will be impressed!
Beefier than it's predecessor with a more robust axle bearing for greater load bearing capacity, but the weight remains the same.
Quality bearings provide easy smooth adjustments without judder or hesitation and the friction / resistance of the bearings can be adjusted individually via two large knobs.
With a non-marring Vixen-style saddle clamp on one side and the ability to attach either a Losmandy-style or Vixen-style clamp to the other, the AYO-II will accept two telescopes mounted together for twice the fun! A counterweight can also be fitted to balance a single larger telescope.
How big a telescope can I use?
When used with a GOOD quality tripod, you can mount up to 8 kg on either side without need for a counterweight. This means, say, a 4"-5" refractor can be handled with ease. For larger / heavier scopes we recommend the use of a counterweight bar and standard counterweights, with these in place it can handle up to 12 kg.
Which tripods can be used?
The AYO-II base has a 3/8" thread for attaching to most photo tripods (heavy duty) and, after unscrewing a cover, a threaded M10 (metric) thread enables use with tripods from Celestron CG-5, Skywatcher EQ5/HEQ5, the Meade LXD75, Vixen GP and Vixen Super Polaris mounts. Or, if you are wanting a tripod that looks fantastic and is warm to the touch, consider the excellent Berlebach Uni-18 and Uni-28 tripods made from Ash wood.
- Height / Width: 244mm x 207mm
- Weight: 3kg
- Recommended Telescope Weight without / with Counterweight: 8kg / 12kg
- Recommended Maximum Telescope Length: ~1200mm