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Model: sw-az4-20216Part Number: 20216Brand: Skywatcher
"... the AZ4 does feel reassuringly solid. There are easy to grip friction clutches on both axes and there’s a stout, 29cm-long panning handle that may be screwed into one of two ergonomically sited points separated by a 90-degree angle for additional control. A rugged Vixen-style dovetail-mounting block ensures compatibility with a wide range of optical tubes up to around eight inches in diameter. It’s quite feasible to mount a six-inch Newtonian on this rig. For spotting-scope users with a mounting-point on the underside, an L-shaped bracket is also included. Another nice feature is the altitude and azimuth scales marked in one-degree divisions — a nice aid to locating celestial objects if you have a Palm or Pocket-PC planetarium program." Ade Ashford - Astronomy Now, Dec 08
The Sky-Watcher AZ4 Alt-Azimuth mount is popular with astronomers and terrestrial observers alike. The design features separate clutches on both the Altitude and Azimuth axes and a panning arm which can be fixed in two separate positions. The movements are smooth and controllable.
Astronomy telescopes attach directly to the mount via a standard Vixen-type dovetail bar.
Also includes an L-bracket for easy attachment of a spotting scope or camera.
Sturdy 1.75” stainless steel legs for strength and stability.
Weight: 8.1 kg
I have been using the mount for 2 months now and I have experienced no issues whatsoever.The mount has smooth controls with easy to use clutches.Perfect for grab & go or as your main mount.Shaun
My Skywatcher 127 came with a az goto mount. The goto is great but as a beginner living in a light polluted town with limited field of view, I sometimes have problems finding two stars that I know to align it to. If I just want to bob out and have a look at Jupiter or the moon, the goto involves some fiddling about even if you don't bother alligning. This got me thinking that for such occasions, a manual mount would be a better grab and go option.I am so impressed with this mount. You can whiz it about without waiting for the motor to get you there. Also easier to correct yourself if you go to far. It's a sturdy bit of kit and extends higher than my goto. Very useful for looking at the sky directly above (with my scope anyway). My one suggestion for making it better would be some markings on the legs to make it easier to lower whilst using it. You can do this yourself though - glow in the dark paint at inch intervals up the legs works a treat.In summary, If I can see it with my naked eye, or if I know exactly where I'm looking this mount surpasses my goto.FLO were, as always, faultless.
I have owned this AZ4 for a little while, boy does it get some use! I bought it to use with my TAL100RS, and WO zenithstar 70 for grab and go viewing, and this mount meets the needs of these scopes superbly, i hung my skymax 180 pro on it, just out of curiosity, and it felt very secure, im sure it would be fine for some lunar viewing with this large OTA. Both axis felt a little "jerky" to start with, but seem to be running in nicely, the tripod is very sturdy, and offers a good height, handy for longer refractors.The build quality is top notch, it even comes with a little tool kit.This is a highly recommended tripod/ mount that will last years if looked after
I use this mount (stainless steel tripod version) with a 4 inch F6.3 refractor, which weighs more than 5kg. Add a 2inch diagonal and a heavy ethos eyepiece, and itís a heavy load. The mount handles it beautifully, with absolutely no annoying vibrations. It is rock solid!It is perfect for low or medium powers. Just set the Ďaxis tensioní to allow for any imbalance, and enjoy either sweeping across the sky. However, the lack of slow motion controls is a disadvantage for very high powers (moon & planets) - accurate pointing can be frustrating.Tall heavy eyepieces (e.g. 13mm Televue Ethos at 590g + 2inch diagonal) can be a problem. Even if you perfectly balance the telescope while horizontal, it will be out of balance when vertical due to the eyepiece load. I found that removing the mounts panning handle solved the problem for all but the heaviest eyepieces. But take care of the balance when removing a heavy eyepiece!The one niggle I have with the mount is that the saddle uses a single screw to hold the vixen dovetail. Fine for small loads, but with a heavy and expensive telescope this can feel scary. I use an ADM Vixen to Losmandy converter. For added peace of mind, where the mounts saddle screw meets the ADM Vixen dovetail, I have drilled a dome to ensure it cannot slip out. The two screws on the ADM Vixen to Losmandy converter then hold the telescope very firmly.John Murphy (www.johnmurphyastro.inf)
This mount seems to be able to cope with pretty much anything you can throw at it. It handles a heavy scope like the Sky-Watcher 180mm SKYMAX Mak Pro effortlessly, and even a very long scope like a Sky-Watcher 150PL is unrestricted in movement in all but the zenith (and you can just reposition the tripod legs when this becomes an issue). Movement is - on the whole - very smooth, but there is nonetheless some backlash inherent in the design thus making this mount perhaps not the best choice at high magnification. For low-to-medium power use however, this mount is a joy to use, feeling robust to an almost industrial degree, and is as much fun to use with a large telescope as it is with a small one. The supplied L-bracket - whilst not long enough to host binoculars - nonetheless rounds the package off nicely, enabling the use of most cameras, spotting scopes and video cameras with the mount. A good-quality product that's built to last.- Jeremy
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