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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A beautifully crafted mount, very solid at a reasonable price! Very happy with this purchase :)
Just a quick review of the MC2 and columns that I ordered. I bought these Items after selling my prior mount. I wanted to get back to basics and just view the sky. I did build a tripod for the mount and everything matches very well. Not a Denali mind you but pretty good...lol. Anyway I have to say this is the best manual Alt/Az mount I have ever used. On both axes smooth does not quiet do it justices. I have my Stellarvue 102 CF access on a losmandy style 8" plate. This unit supports the telescope very well. Now balance is an issue as I found out. but all you have to do is recenter the telescope and slightly tighten the mount and bang perfect. When using I find both axes smooth and silky smooth when panning around. What can I say other then I am very excited to have this one its a keeper. ...
A fantastic piece of kit! I use this mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a 90mm Maksutov, a bit over kill for sure but the combination along with the optional handle make this setup an ergonomic masterpiece! The smoothness and almost imperceptible backlash make both astronomical and terrestrial viewing an absolute joy. With high quality eyepieces and this superb device I was astonished how far I could push the limits of a small inexpensive scope. The build quality is superb and in my opinion a remarkable value.
I love this mount! It's much larger than you might expect, but the knobs for controlling the tension are so smooth and precise, and my 4" doublet feels rock solid with the mount mated to a solid carbon-fibre mount (36mm legs). Love that it can hold both D and V style saddles.
I have used Stellarvue products now for 20 years and have never, never been disappointed.
This mount is the S**t, it's solid, smooth and my girlfriend is pissed because I love it more than her. She even tries to steal it for her scope, and I say, "get out of here get your own", "use that junky explore scientific mount". It can carry a variety of scopes, 4"APO? You bet. 127mm Maksutov? No prob. 6" 8" Newt tube? Ha! You know it son, throw that pig on and glide from star to star like it's on ice or some s**t. Plus it's made here in the US of A.. built with good old Yankee Ingenuity, it's like we beat the commies to the moon twice, Plus this thing is solid as a rock, if someone breaks into your house to steal your Stellarvue refractors, you can basically beat them with this mount, then throw your scope right back on and check out that 3rd quarter moon while you wait for the cops to show up at 3am. If astronomy is your thing, and you need a kick a** alt az grab and go mount ( you do) than you need to buy this thing now.
Holy Cow.....I had read that this is a fine piece of machining, but when I received it, I couldn't believe nice it is. It exudes quality from the friction adjustment knobs to the bottom of the pier.
It was easy to install with the pier and I've already noticed a significant lessening of vibration, which is why I ditched my old mount.
The workmanship is outstanding, this thing is beautiful to look at. Makes you feel proud to own it. Oh, yes, it works as good as it looks. Rock solid and very smooth operation! Does require minor adjustment as the night temperature changes, but that's to be expected (hardly worth mentioning). I highly recommend this product, top notch!!
This is a pretty great mount; totally rock solid in every way. It's a lot bigger in person that you might expect, too, but that chunkiness is a part of how good it is. I feel like a pound of unnecessary material could probably be shaved off, but that's not really a big deal.
Motion is a dream. I love the smoothness and the adjustable clutches. I thought I would miss the lack of slow motion controls when zoomed on on planet at high magnification, but I really don't, because for this use case you adjust the telescope position in its rings to its proper balance point and then you can open up the azimuth clutch and guide by hand with a feather touch. It works great.
I have only one real complaints: this thing is sharp! There's no reason why the corners and edges couldn't be rounded down. I use this this as a grab-and-go mount, moving the telescope, mount, and tripod all at once. I naturally grasp this whole thing by the mount, and the sharp edges are a bit annoying. Also, as mentioned earlier, I think it could be about a pound lighter with no loss of functionality.
Regardless, I have no regrets! It's a great. mount!