The Stellarvue M1V is a small and lightweight alt az mount head. Weighing in at only 2 1/2 pounds, this head will attach to the column of any heavy duty camera tripod using the standard 3/8-16 thread. This is a smooth mount that uses a 2" Teflon bearing and a stainless roller bearing on each axis. The mount comes with a small Vixen dovetail shoe that will work with all standard Vixen style rails.
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 telescopes up to nine pounds, slightly more with the addition of a heavy duty wood or stainless tripod. This is the mount to use with our smaller telescopes including our 70 - 90 mm refractors. For larger telescopes we recommend the M2C mount.
For a tripod we recommend the Manfrotto 475 for the best stability.
The 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 to allow the smoothest movements in both axis. The mount does not use or need slow motion controls.
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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.
Needed a small altaz head for recent purchased SV80A for a grab and go setup. I had the scope on a Bogen 3246 tripod with a 3047 3D head. Couldn’t find much on M1V but Altair Astro Starwave mini-AZ mount appears to be the origin of the M1V mount. Ordered the mount over on the 16th and received today - 8 days to delivery - the package tracking was not correct and I did not hear back from Stellarvue when I made an inquiry - that surprised me.
Setup was a snap - turn the SV80 mount rings around and upside down, move the OTA + 2 in diagonal + heavy TVEP + Baader 61mm varifocus finder, move OTA assembly forward in rings to balance altitude axis, turn on a little friction and presto. Alt Az travel is very smooth - no further 3D adjustments, torquing clamps, no worry about flopping the OTA Total load weight is about probably 10+ lbs - all on one side - but seems very stable. I will probably monkey up a counterweight shaft - there is a threaded hole (likely metric, but approximately 0.5 in - thread unknown) opposite the saddle for this. The Starwave mini AZ icomes with shaft and weight and I hoped the MV1 would come with equiped with that. SV appparently does not offer that even as an add-on option. They should. Anyway very happy with this mount. It is well built, while small and lightweight, good machining, Waiting on a mini all metal equatorial wedge and I think that wil be a pretty sweet setup.
My other scope is a micro alter m 603 150mm MAK russian tank on a Losmandy GM8 - it takes committment to set up that for a night. So the grab and go will be very useful day time spotting and night sky as well.
SV80A is new to me and Ilike it a lot - takes magnification pretty well and optics are just great to my thinking. Looking forward to more dark nights and clear skies!
My M1V came today and I got it mounted on my Manfrotto tripod coupled with my Access 80 refractor. This is quite possibly the perfect grab-n-go setup. The head handles the scope great and it moves in alt/az smoothly and stays in place once you dial the tension knobs in. The fit and finish is top notch and nothing less than normal Stellarvue quality. I plan on getting another one or two of these in the future as I have a couple setups that will benefit from this head.
If you want a great alt/az head for a great price, this is it.