The Twilight I is a light-to-medium-duty alt-azimuth mount and tripod designed to quickly and easily accept small to medium sized refractors, such as the AR102 or ED102mm, and of course, the ED80mm. Lightweight, fast Newtonians will also match up nicely with the Explore Scientific Twilight I mount. As long as your telescope does not exceed 18 pounds and has a Vixen-Style Universal Dovetail bar for mounting the telescope to the mount head, you are good to go.
The Twilight I alt-azimuth mount head is made of powder-coated aluminum and there are worm gears on both axes. The adjustable angle head can be tilted forward or back at a 45° angle to allow more clearance for your telescope so you can point it straight up for viewing at the zenith.
Slow-motion control cables are attached on the vertical and horizontal axes, and are easy to turn during the night, even with gloves on, due to the over-sized knurled knobs that are attached to the end of each cable. They can be attached to either side of each axis to accommodate right or left-handed users, or different types of telescopes (e.g. refractors vs. Newtonian reflectors) for ease of adjustment.
The stainless steel tripod that comes standard with the Twilight I mount has adjustable legs and a wide foot print of 42 inches, which makes the tripod more stable. A spreader bar locks against the inside of the legs to secure the tripod even further, and keep vibrations to a minimum.
Tripod fully collapsed no mount head
Tripod fully collapsed with head
Tripod open, retracted legs no mount head
Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head
38.5" at highest point, 36" to the center of the mounting bracket
Tripod open, legs fully extended no mount head
Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head
55.5" at highest point, 53" to the center of the mounting bracket
Mount head dimensions
14" x 7" x 4"
Weight tripod base
Weight mount head
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Extensive Manufacturer Warranty
All of our manufacturers offer very generous warranty coverage of the products sold through our store. Based upon which brand is purchased that item is also covered from defects in workmanship and quality.
Explore FirstLight Branded Products: Limited USA One Year Warranty.
Explore Scientific Branded Telescopes: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Explore Scientific Branded Eyepieces: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Explore Scientific Branded Non-Electronic Telescope Accessories: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Levenhuk: All Levenhuk telescopes, microscopes, binoculars and other optical products, except for accessories, carry a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship; all accessories have a 6-month warranty. This warranty does not cover consumable parts, such as bulbs (incandescent, LED, halogen, energy-saving and other types of bulbs), batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable), electrical consumables, etc.
Vixen Optics:Every Vixen telescope, astronomical binocular, and mount is warranted by Vixen Optics to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of original purchase in the U.S.A. and Canada. Five year warranty covers all non-electrical/mechanical parts. Electrical parts are warranted for 1 year from date of purchase.