Use this head with your camera tripod to provide greater smoothness and stability while panning the night skies or daytime vistas. The head will hold short tube telescopes up to 9 pounds, and slightly more with the addition of a heavy duty wood or stainless tripod. This is an economical mount to use with our smaller telescopes, such as our 70-80 mm refractors. (For the smoothest function with smaller telescopes and for larger telescopes up to 130 mm, we recommend the M002C mount.)
This mount head is 3.8" high, 4.8" wide, and 2.4" deep. The Vixen style spring-loaded dovetail shoe is 3.15" long.
The black knob and knurled bottom serve as tensioners. Turn these to adjust tension and allow for the smoothest movements in both axis. The mount does not have slow motion controls.
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I have not a chance to use it yet with a scope, but it is a really neat piece of machine work and I can tell just by mounting it on a tripod ( Manfrotto 475b) , and manually putting it through it's motions, that it is one of the best mounts and purchases I have ever made. It is top of it's class. For the scope it's intended to be used with ( 70-90mm refractor) it has NO competition. Some of the best money I've ever spent .
Wanted something light for carrying to a remote observing site on a rocky cliff. I owned a spare Bogen tripod with a fairly heavy yoke head. Replacing the yoke with this head substantively lightened the mount and made it easier to carry to remote sites. Mount works well with small refractors, but not so well with larger reflectors due to sensitivity to vibrations induced by wind. I highly recommend this mount for up to 70mm refractors at f/7 or less.
Full disclosure: I also own two StellarVue M2C's that I use for larger scopes, including a 4.5" f/9 Newtonian and a 6" f/5 Newtonian. I am very happy with those mounts for that purpose as well.
I'm so glad I upgraded my scope mount to the Azimuth Mount. My other one was wonky and wouldn't hold the position. This one has really made me very happy! The person I spoke to on the phone was very helpful. I'm sorry I don't recall his first name. I am very pleased with my new mount. Thanks so much!!
Love this little Gem. Works great with my Stowaway scope. Looking at the moon Jupiter and Venus this AM can't wait to get this combo out to a dark Sky site next weekend. I'm setting this up with a Davis and Sanford All Terrain Pod. Dyno combo
I purchased the M1V to use with my Stellarvue 80 mm ED scope. I had been using the scope on a Bogen gear head, but wanted a mount for low power sweeping. I am using the mount on a light weight tripod for portability and travel. It is very well made and attractive. It requires some adjustment to get the motion just right, especially if the scope is not perfectly balanced. There was a fair amount of oscillation at high power, but I suspect that it was related to the tripod and not the mount.
Since the scope is mounted on its side, you do need to consider the best placement of the red dot or finder, if you have one, so it is easily accessible. The handle also needs to be appropriately placed so that it does not hit the tripod legs and is comfortable to use. Fortunately, there are many (4) options for mounting the handle.
Overall, a pleasure to use
workmanship top notch, simple and elegant, perfect for a light scope like the AT60ed or WO66ed. a light carbon fiber tripod and this head combine to make a super grab n go rig for quick viewing. Only thing that would put the icing on the cake would be if a handle came with it. still a 5 Star item.
Arrived quickly considering the distance it had to travel, its solid aluminium, all anodised and quality construction, mounted on a regular tripod it makes a great grab and go mount for my TV60 and Williams 71.
This mount is typical of great products that Stellarvue offers. It is built tough. The knurled rings on the bottom help lock it down tight top any tripod with a 3/8 bolt. I have a SV102ED that came with their clam shell and attached shoe. It fits right into the channel and locks down easy with the large lock down knob. It is precision machining at it's best.
Looking small but well machined small mount, that can carry
a decent 4 inch refractor with accessories. Locks down tight and is dapper looking.