Fast Manual Slewing
The Bintel SkyView Deluxe mount has a dual friction clutch system that lets you quickly point a scope towards a target and then track it in any direction with the smooth 120-tooth worm gear 360 degree slow-motion controls. There is no need to undo clutches to aim your scope as you would have to do when conventional slow motion controls run out of travel before reaching your target. Simply push the scope to aim it at another part of the sky. The friction clutches will disengage and the scope can move freely 360 degrees in any direction. When on or near your target, the slow motion control knobs let you center the object precisely and manually track it accurately as it moves. Friction adjustment knobs are provided to adjust the tension on the manual slewing motion of the scope to accommodate different telescope weights.
The Bintel SkyView Deluxe mount has a standard Vixen dovetail mounting slot. You will need to supply your own dovetail plate to mount your optical tube on the Bintel SkyView Deluxe.
The adjustable height, two-section aluminum tripod legs have pointed tips for a solid stand on soft terrain such as dirt or grass. All fittings on the legs are aluminum. The length of the legs can be adjusted to set the height of the dovetail slot in the mounting plate between 33.5″ and 47.75″ high. This lets you choose the most comfortable observing position.
The locking knobs of the tripod legs are placed on the inside of the legs, so they can’t snag anything while working in the dark. The tripod head has a built-in bubble level to help you get the best tracking accuracy. A folding spreader bar holds the aluminum legs firmly open, but lets them be closed quickly for transport when you’re finished observing by simply lifting up on center of the spreader bar assembly. The spreader bar can accept optional accessory trays. A set of tools (4mm and 6mm hex head wrenches for the altitude arm and control knobs and a triangular flat metal key for the friction adjustment knobs) are supplied with the mount.
The complete Bintel SkyView Deluxe mount and tripod assembly weighs only 13.6 lbs (6.2kg), yet has a 20 pound payload capacity, more than many other alt-azimuth mounts. Its relatively short collapsed length – 31″ (79cm) tripod and 25″ (63cm) mount head – make this a great mount for traveling
Comparing features, payload, and price, you’ll find the Bintel SkyView Deluxe to be a top quality buy!