A new wedge and counterweight bar extension from William Optics suitable for use with the iOptron Skyguider Pro and Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer.
Enables greater precision when polar aligning and setting the latitude which in turn will ensure better/longer tracking.
Provides more accuracy and stability than a standard photo tripod head.
Precision CNC made.
Two versions of this wedge are available: a High Latitude version with an adjustment range of 32 - 59 degrees, and a Low Latitude version with an adjustment range of 7 - 34 degrees.
Extension Bar length, 11.9cm, weight 105g.
|Average Rating (9 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 | Anthony
In a different league to the standard wedges. No slack or jerky movements in either axis. Rock solid, quality engineering that instills confidence. This is a worthwhile upgrade for serious imaging with a star tracker.
Saturday, 26 September 2020 | Daniel
Using it on an AZ-GTI EQ conversion. With the Star Adventurer wedge it is fairly reasonable for damping, polar alignment, and stability. This blows it out of the water. The fit and finish is nothing short of excellent and it is rock solid when locked down. Adjustments are smooth and precise. Also got rid of a lot of vibration issues when focusing.
The price tag might be a bit scary but for the job that it does I would get it in a heart beat.
Thursday, 24 September 2020 | Richard
This mount is certainly an improvement on my original Star Adventurer mount. Adjustments are easier and more precise, particularly in declination. The only issue I have in use is the size of the levelling bubble which is so small as to be almost unusable if your mount is at a reasonable height. I do have 2 issues with William Optic's marketing of this product. It is bundled with an extension rod which is only usable with the iOptron Skyguider. The rod alone retails at about £30 so I have wasted £30 of the total cost. Secondly it is marketed as separate models for northern and southern hemispheres. They are identical in every way apart from the position of a stop key on the wheel which can be easily adjusted.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 | Phil
This may be expensive but absolutely brilliant bit of kit making polar alignment so much easier and more accurate, than using the ioptron standard wedge.
Friday, 24 July 2020 | Marek
I really felt like I overpaid when I clicked BUY button. Than i got item delivered and all regrets just gone. You can't even imagine how big of an upgrade this is. Build quality is extraordinary and polar alignment is much smoother than mine AZ-EQ6. I'm very impressed.
Quality itemquality service
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 | Tony
Well engineered upgrade to skyguider pro. Not yet had chance to use as frustratingly cloudy nights even when clear forecast. Ace service from FLO Thank you
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | Surendra
Gorgeous finish, the design is almost faultless. So much better than the original wedge provided with the Skyguider Pro, in that it is far easier to obtain accurate and consistent alignment using the screw adjusters, plus the locking in position is positive without fear of snapping off the feeble lever found on the Skyguider Pro..
Wedge is smoother to adjust and more robust than the SGP original
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | William
This is a veryuseful upgrade to the Skyguuder Pro. I have the SGP with ipolar and had been immediately frustrated with the original wedge when the circle of alignment jumped around when trying to match the cross on the ipolar screen. This product makes it a much more controlled process. It is also a rather more solid item. So Iím very happy with it. Iíve knocked a star off for two reasons. First at least in UK it comes bundled with an extender for the weight rod. Iíd rather buy a slightly larger weight that I can use nearer the axis to get a lower moment of inertia for a given balancing moment, and lower the risk of knocking a longer rod. Paying for the extender to get the wedge is annoying. Second the product is rather confusingly divided into a low latitude and high latitude version. They are the same ! It is just a matter of the shipping configuration which can be changed. If you live in the UK you may as well order the high version as I did. But both those gripes are irrelevant to the operation of the product, which is a worthwhile upgrade.
Thursday, 26 March 2020 | Graham
I have not yet had chance to use this item in the field due to cloudy skies but me impressions of it are excellent. The mount is engineered to the highest standards and is absolutely stable on my tripod. Adjustments are positive and accurate. It represents a quantum leap in stability over the conventional Sky Watcher Star Adventurer mount and I am so looking forward to using the mount on the next clear night. I would recommend this item to anyone who expects the highest standards of performance from their equipment.