Tele Vue Tele-Pod Advanced Alt-Az Telescope Mount with Sky Tour Computer
- Manufacturer: TeleVue
- MPN: TPS-3024
- SKU: TPS-3024
- Availability: 10+ In Stock - Ships from warehouse in 3-5 business days
Tele Vue upgrades their Tele-Pod Advanced Alt-Az Telescope Mount to include the Sky Tour Mount Computer, giving users the ability to to precisely align, aim, track, and find celestial objects with relative ease. This kit includes the Tele-Pod alt-az yoke mount, Sky Tour module with all mounting hardware, and their advanced aluminum tripod.
Tele-Pod Alt-Az Yoke Mount (Head Only)
Tele Vue designed their Tele-Pod Alt-Az Yoke Mount for smooth and balanced tracking for OTAs up to 3" in aperture. It is configured as a dual-fork yoke mount that cradles your OTA at its center of balance for smooth pan/tilt motion with reduced vibrations, and smooth-motion altitude and azimuth bearings with tension adjustments. A single control handle enables precise control without the associated vibrations that normally come with moving a mount by hand.
The unique design allows for the OTA to move through an 85 to -10° altitude range from below the horizon (such as viewing from a hilltop) all the way close to the zenith. A scope-stop helps to prevent damage if the objective end 'nose dives' down. The Tele-Pod is offered here as a mount head only, and comes equipped with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting treads for easy attachment to most photo, video, field, or astronomical tripods. Mounting holes on the azimuth plate are pre-drilled for 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 bolts for attaching OTAs.
Sky Tour Mount Computer
Tele Vue's Sky Tour Mount Computer gives you the ability to precisely align, aim, track and find celestial objects with your alt-az, EQ, or fork mount. Using a simple 2-star alignment process to set up the controller, you will be able to choose the mode and use the information the controller gives you to manually move the scope to various objects, identify nearby objects that you see, or have it give you a tour of what is visible on any given night. While this is not a traditional 'GoTo' system, if you get the optional encoders for your specific mount, it keeps precise track of the changing orientation of the scope to provide real-time updated coordinates. And if you know an objects location, it can be entered and the Sky Tour will tell you where to move the scope to find it. To expand its usability, the Sky Tour can interface with TheSky astronomy program from Software Bisque by connecting your TheSky equipped Pocket PC, Windows, or Apple computer to take advantage of the software's expanded database.
- Encoder resolution: 2160 step, 0.167-degree/step (10-arcminute/step) encoders
- Sampling rate:0.5 millisecond
- Maximum slew rate: 160°/second
- Sidereal accuracy: 0.01%
- Red LED display
- One-line 10-character
- Five dimming levels
- Display resolution:
- Right ascension: 1 arcmin
- Declination: 0.1°
- Display modes:
- STAR FIX: Alignment mode using convenient star list
- RA DEC: Current right ascension and declination
- CATALOG: Complete database of celestial objects
- GUIDE: Shows direction and distance to object
- ALIGN: Uses full database to fine-tune alignment
- IDENTIFY: Identifies object by type
- 2000+ objects
- 110 Messier objects
- Selected NGC objects
- Selected IC objects
- Selected Non-Standard objects
- Selected Stars, colored, double, multiple
- 31 alignment stars
- 8 Planets
- 99 user-defined objects
Tele-Pod Advanced Aluminum Tripod
Designed for their smaller alt-az mount head, but ideal for spotters, binoculars, and cameras of all sizes, the Tele Vue Tele-Pod Advanced Aluminum Tripod features an adjustable height from 29 to 60 inches, with an extendable center column to accommodate a variety of users, viewing positions, and optical designs. The base of the column features a weight hook for added stability, as needed. The three leg sections have a standard set angle for maximum stability, but can move out further with the leg angle lock disengaged for use in difficult terrain or unique situations. When used on smooth and flat surfaces, the rubber tipped feet ensure stability without slipping or sliding, and if it needs to be used on soft or uneven ground, the included spiked feet can be quickly installed for secure footing. An integrated bubble level allows you to precisely level the tripod for accurate alignment, and a reversible 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 mount makes it compatible with most heads, or other gear. For convenience, Tele Vue includes a soft nylon carrying bag with a zippered closure and shoulder strap.