The M002 Mount need to be raised above a tripod top for it to work with various telescopes. Use a Stellarvue MEC column to accomplish this. Our columns are made of heavy duty 6061-t6 aluminum 2 3/4" in diameter and 11 1/4" long. They weigh 2.4 pounds and hold the M002C mount head rock solid.
Attach the appropriate column to your tripod using the tripod attachment bolt and then attach the M002C mount head to the top of the column using the three 1/4-20 screws that come with the mount head.
Based on your tripod select the correct column from the list above.
MEC003 Column: Use this column with our Denali tripod or to any heavy duty tripod using the standard 3/8-16 camera tripod thread.
MEC010 Column: Use this column on most import telescope mount tripods including Vixen tripods, the Celestron AVX/GP tripods and many others. Measure the diameter of the attachment bolt on the tripod. It should be slightly less than 10 mm indicating it is a metric M10 thread.
MEC012 Column: Use this column on larger import tripods that use a metric M12 bolt (such as the Celestron CGEM). Measure the diameter of the attachment bolt on the tripod. It should be slightly less than 12 mm indicating it is a metric M12 thread.
MEC002 Column: Use this column on surveyors tripods that use the larger 5/8-11 bolt. Measure the diameter of the attachment bolt on the tripod. It should be slightly less than 5/8" indicating it is a 5/8-11 thread. However if the bolt is slightly less than 3/8" it means your tripod uses a 3/8-16 bolt. In this case use the MEC003 above.
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