Supporting your telescope isn't enough, cradle it! Within a Tele Vue yoke and cradle head, your telescope balances at its center of gravity, seemingly "weightless" as you move about the sky. Bearing surfaces of brass, anodized aluminum, and teflon provide the smooth feel needed for accurate movements. For the Tele-Pod and Panoramic mounts, a foam covered handle (not shown) attached to the cradle provides ideal leverage.
Our Alt/Az tripods complement the travel-friendly, easy setup nature of Tele Vue scopes. Alt/Az motions are far less cumbersome for visual observing compared to equatorial mounts, and the eyepiece position always remains conveniently upright. There are no counterweights or awkward parts to manage. And, with Sky Tour, electronic setting circles can be added to these mounts.
The mount heads are predrilled for easy installation of our Sky Tour Encoder Kits. Or, order your Gibraltar and Panoramic Mounts with the Sky Tour computer already installed. Sky Tour is easy to learn and features a listing of objects for planning your evening's sky tour!
All the yoke and cradle heads along with all the wood tripods are made in America.
The rock-solid Gibraltar mount is best matched with our longer, heavier 4" scopes. The larger bearing surfaces and thicker wood legs best handle the loads, especially for high power viewing. The Gibraltar tripods are American made in a choice of solid ash or walnut wood for beauty and quick vibration dampening. Leg extensions raise the tripod height to 5 feet, still ideally sized for use with our Air-Chair observing stool. An accessory tray ties the legs together for rigidity.
|Swing range(degrees)||+85 to -10|
|Best with||Tele Vue-102, Tele Vue NP101, Renaissance-102|