M002C Mount Operator's Manual - Click here for our online manual: M002C
Several years ago, we redesigned our M002 mount into a more advanced M002C mount. This newer version uses larger shafts and a stainless roller bearing, making it even smoother than before.
The M002C mounts directly to large camera tripods with a standard 3/8”-16 threaded hole, or it mounts to a number of tripods using one of our optional rock-solid MEC columns. Mount the column to a tripod, and the M002C mount drops into the column. Secure the mount head to the column with three set screws and you have an impressive, heavy duty, ultra-smooth alt-azimuth mount.
The M002C mount head with combination Losmandy and Vixen shoe weighs 6 pounds.
We manufacture this mount here in America using stainless steel and aluminum. It is machined and assembled in our CNC metal shop so it is extremely precise. The smoothness makes slow motion controls unnecessary, so they are not included. Simply set the knobs for minimum drag and glide around the night sky. The M002C is a pleasure to use.
In order to use the M002C mount with our tripods, the MEC style column is required. Our latest version of our Denali Tripod (The Denali 2) has a column base. So order the MEC column only for use with the Denali 2 tripod. Save money when you order the M002C mount, the MEC column and our new Denali 2 tripod together as a complete system (M002CW).
If you want to use the M002C with the former Denali tripod (without the column base) use the MEC003 column. This column has a standard 3/8-16 threaded hole so it will work with many heavy duty camera tripods. If you are using a Surveyor's tripod (with 5/8-11 attachment bolt), use the MEC002 column. If you will use a Celestron AVX/CG5/Vixen type tripod, use the MEC010 column which has a 10 mm attachment bolt. This is the most common bolt size for Chinese tripods. Larger import tripods such as the CGEM tripod and our TSS stainless tripod work with the MEC012 column which has a 12 mm threaded hole.
This latest version of the M002 uses smooth 3” over-sized bearings on each axis. The tension is adjusted on both axis with over-sized knurled knobs. Once the tension is set, it is easy to glide from object to object without the need for slow motion controls. The mount will hold our 70 mm - 115 mm telescopes. The M002C mounted to our stainless steel tripod will hold our SVX130T and other scopes, up to about 25 pounds. The mount head itself weighs about 4 pounds and comes standard with our TDLV spring-loaded shoe to accommodate both Vixen and Losmandy rails. If using a Losmandy style rail, we recommend using a safety screw with washers or a spacer so it will not slide through the shoe when the knobs are loosened.
Encoders: The JMI encoder system made for the older M002 mount does not currently work with this redesigned mount. If you are interested in a complete encoder system for this mount head, we recommend the Nexus encoder kit for the M002C by Astro-Devices.
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M002C scope mount
I liked the one I bought for myself several years ago so much that I’m getting this one for my daughter.
Amazingly sturdy mount. Handles a 4" refractor with no issues. Also handles an 8 inch reflector stable enough for 300x on Venus. Sets up in seconds. Only dinging it a star because the threads on the knob turning action has a slightly rough feel, but I am a mechanical engineer and I notice tiny things like that. At the price point, it is fantastic. Just get it, you won't be sorry. Stop using tripod heads and just get it!
As a long time-user of the Unistar Deluxe mount, I finally decided to look at other mounts. My Unistar Deluxe ws showing it's age. I decided to purchase the M0002C mount. when I received, I could see that it was a finally engineered product. I mounted my SV105 on it and was very pleased with its movements. I am very impressed with this mount and I highly recommend this alt az mount to any including the discerning Amateur Astronomer.
Stellarvue M002C mount
Well constructed and solid! This is my second Stellarvue alt- azimuth mount. I bought this for my other portable tripod.
Just received this mount last week and have used it a couple times already. Quick and easy to set-up, extremely well made, and smooth motion during use. Great alt-az mount!
Truly a beautiful work of machined art
My long 100mm F9 ED doublet refractor went from over 4 seconds of annoying vibrations to under a second! I am so glad a dropped the coin on this beautiful M2C mount, it was money well spent. It's beefy, extremely well made and very pleasing to look at as well. Its a beautiful work of machined art and it performs flawlessly with its silky smooth operation. Stellarvue is a top notch company that really cares about their customers. Vic was very helpful when I called with questions and with an issue I had and took care of it right away. Thanks dude! I highly recommend it so stop thinking about it and order one, you wont be sorry.
It’s a work of art and silky smooth. The column gave me enough height to balance my scope without hitting the tripod legs and with a quarter of an inch to spare! Thanks for the perfect mount.
STELLARVUE M002C MOUNT
This is the first time for me. I just bought a Celestron C6 and wanted a manual alt-az mount. I searched all over and couldn't find anything comparable. I was very impressed. It's bigger than I thought. Very easy to use. I put it on an Innorel RT90C tripod. There is vibration after touching the OTA/mount/tripod, mostly at high magnification that dies down after a second or so. Otherwise excellent. Holds the position even on my sloped driveway. I did need an Acratech 1" riser to keep the M2C from touching the tripod. Very impressed. The weight is good too.
I just installed my new M002C, I really love it. As I heard, it is buttery smooth to operate. It lives up to its reputation being a great mount. I’m using it with a Astro-Tech AT100ED which is around 12lbs with everything including a heavy 400mm wide field 2” eyepiece. It is very stable and easy to slew around the night sky. I am a satisfied customer.