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Model: SkyTee-2-20148Part Number: 20148Brand: OVL
The Skytee-2 is a robust alt-azimuth mount with two Skywatcher/Vixen type dovetail saddles enabling two telescopes to be mounted together.
Precise manual slow motion controls are provided on both axes. A counterweight bar is also included that accepts Sky-Watcher counterweights.
Available with or without Sky-Watcher 1.75" stainless steel tripod (the same tripod supplied with EQ5 and HEQ5 Equatorial mounts).
Maximum Payload: Feedback from owners suggests maximum payload is 10kg on the side and 4kg on top.
If you are a visual observer then AZ mounts are the way to go, so simple to setup and get ready. My SkyTee2 has served me well for 4 years. I use it for daytime solar with my Lunt LS60 and for nightime with my Borg89. The Slowmo controls are great to use and very accurate.
Wonderful mount that can't be found here in the US. I order it from First Light on a Sunday evening and had it at my door Thursday! Great service.
I recently bought this mount after agonising about negative comments on the forum about the dovetail clamps. I have just set it up with the first of two scopes I will be using it with so this is not a long term review. The mount is rock solid on the Skywatcher 1 ¾ stainless tripod. All the movements are smooth and progressive with no backlash on the manual drives. When not using the manual drives a definite gentle push is required there is no slopping about at all and I am extremely happy with this.Mine arrived with the end cap drilled and tapped to accept a third dovetail clamp if required, at least one forum member has previously carried out this mod.And so to the clamps, these have definitely been improved over previous versions. The clamp will open up to 50mm without becoming disengaged, the moveable clamp jaw and springs remain captive allowing dovetails to be dropped in, rather than having to slide them in. The closed clamp is positive and solid, but herein lies my one concern. The single screw knob is made of fairy soft alloy which engages with a steel thread, long term this alloy thread may wear and disengage. This could be overcome by replacing the knob with a steel nut, requiring a spanner each time but it would be fiddly. I have decided that the existing dovetail clamps, relying on a single small thread are the weakest link in the whole structural integrity of the set-up, a failure would be catastrophic. Consequently I will buy and fit the ADM clamps each with two bolts. Overall my opinion is that if you are prepared to improve the clamping arrangement, you have a very good mount indeed.
ADM Vixen-style SaddleFrom: £66.00
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