For more rigidity under heavier loads, Tele Vue took the Tele-Pod head and adapted it to their fine long standing Panoramic tripod. Since the Sky Tour encoder attachment points are within the head itself, for the first time, the Panoramic mount is Sky Tour capable. The Panoramic Mount is available in solid ash or beautiful walnut wood with brass fittings. It places the scope from approximately 3 to 5 feet high. Metal ground spikes with rubber tips are provided. A central tray adds rigidity and a convenient place for accessories.
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.
Tele Vue 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.