Replace your standard Sky-Watcher HEQ5, EQ6/NEQ6, AZ-EQ6 or Celestron AVX saddle with a dual-saddle device that enables both the popular Vixen (Sky-Watcher/Celestron) and Losmandy type dovetails to be mounted directly to the mount.
Manufactured from premium quality black-anodised 6061 Aluminium and stainless steel.
Long split clamp design provides an extremely solid locking surface with maximum contact along the entire length of the saddle. Stainless steel guide pins and spring-loaded design maintains the proper dovetail angles.
Fitting the saddle is a two-minute job: Remove the three black Allen screws just underneath the saddle, lift the original saddle off, put the new one on then re-fit and tighten the three screws - easy!
|Average Rating (17 Reviews): |ADM Dual Saddle Upgrade for the Celestron AVX
Monday, 29 March 2021 | Steve
I'd recently taken on a Skywatcher Equinox 80 fitted with a wider Losmandy style mounting plate and rings. Subsequently, I decided to change my standard Celestron Vixen saddle to the ADM Losmandy/Vixen upgrade. First off, this saddle means business, it's heavy duty and being ADM, typically very well made, including the replacement collar that accompanies it. It really looks more like the CGEM upgrade, having chuncky Celestron orange hand knobs and a smooth spring-loaded clamp. No more indents on your Vixen or Losmandy rails as the clamp maintains full contact across the length of the saddle. It provides a great sense of security and firmness when tightened. The procedure to replace the saddle is very straightforward and there's an excellent step-by-step guide to be followed on YouTube.
Monday, 15 February 2021 | Martin
Superb CNC machined Aluminium and stainless steel billet parts, easy to install will guarantee the best security on telescope set-up. There is only gripe I have as they used 1/4" UNC bolts to mount the saddle plate and puck. ADM please consider 3/8" UNC bolts instead of these will be much stronger than 1/4" UNC. However despite bolts it held and supported my 15Kg imaging set-up not a problem. Here I have made a product review and installation video of this fantastic product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMKV-6rPXKY
Wednesday, 3 February 2021 | William
The dual saddle upgrade is well made and easy to fit. Service from FLO was great, as the package arrived a couple of days after I placed the order.
Monday, 25 January 2021 | Stephen
This replaced the original Vixen-style fitting on my 2009 NEQ6. It was a very easy and straight forward swap needing only the loosening of 3 hex-keyed bolts just below the saddle. This is a substantial item with the usual ADM quality clearly evident. It is much larger than the original saddle with 2 large and very easy to use bolts to secure the scope. It is very easy and secure in use and as others have said should be part of the original equipment.
It works extremely well and the scope, (a 10" Meade SCT), is now seated very securely on the mount. No more rocking, wobbling or nasty surprises using the OE bolts with cold hands.
Friday, 26 June 2020 | Michael
3 grub screws to remove from Heq5 head and pop in this little beauty, job done. Solid as a rock, lovely construction and holds my 8" sct with a firm friendly grip! Excellent upgrade! Speedy delivery. Thanks Flo!
Friday, 21 February 2020 | Jon
This is a huge improvement over the default saddle. I just got myself a EdgeHD 8 and I did not feel comfortable clamping it with the old saddle. This one feels very secure and even with my Esprit 100 it also feels very solid. You may have to adjust the clutch handle but that is a matter of removing the screw and moving it back one or two notches. I have done the Rowan belt mod and added an iPolar polarscope. With all these mods the HEQ5 really does become an excellent mount for the money.
Thursday, 20 February 2020 | David
The saddle for the HEQ5 is very solid, you don't realize just how solid until you remove the original Skywatcher saddle. This should give greater stability and enable me to move the scope further forward to achieve perfect balance. Well engineered but on the HEQ5 it comes very close th the clutch handle. Good product, good service
Saturday, 15 February 2020 | Peter
This is what Celestron should have provided to begin with. A great upgrade for the AVX mount and easy to instal.
What the AVX saddle should have been
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | Fabrice
Easy to install (pay attention at gasket on the AVX, but well detailed in the manual).
Feals really like a much needed upgrade. The grip is smooth and homogeneous, can be operated with a single knob (the second is only for security), the scope is easy to slide in.
No bitemarks anymore on your dovetails, and most importantly a secure and strong grip even on the shortest bars (looking at you Daystar Scout....)
Tuesday, 6 August 2019 | Michael
As usual from FLO excellent service. The saddle is a great upgrade for the existing one on the AVX. It is beautifully made and easy to fit and improves the look of the mount. Itholds the tube without marking the dovetail.
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