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Altair Telescope Carry Handle

Altair Telescope Carry Handle
Price: £36.50
Incl. VAT 20% ( £6.08 )
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Product code: TMS-Handle-180
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The Altair Telescope handle lets you mount your telescope quickly and easily with one hand, while tightening up the clamps with the other. This is the safest way to mount a telescope. The handles are CNC machined out of a solid piece of aluminium, with scalloped grip and the Altair Astro logo engraved on the side. Each end has a recessed socket into which you insert the stainless steel hex screws, which continue through the handle, into the telescope tube ring centre hole. The handles are designed to fit above our slightly longer Altair TMS 180mm and 250mm Losmandy-format or Vixen-format bars and plates, with the exact corresponding hole spacing. This forms a great mounting system for your telescope.


M6 / 1.4" Hole spacing (Centre to Centre):




Compatible with:

Model 180





Altair 180mm Vixen & Losmandy Plates (matching end holes), Altair Starwave 200mm Vixen Plate (slotted holes).

Model 250 





Altair 250mm Vixen & Losmandy Plates (matching end holes), and Altair 300mm & 350mm Vixen Plates (slotted holes).

Each piece is given a partial polish after machining and then clear anodised for for a great finish. They are incredibly light in weight, while still providing a firm, positive grip. Stainless steel M6 hex key screws are provided.
Here's a video of the CNC machining process. Please excuse the awful music. Altair TMS is a precision machined modular Telescope Mounting System. Our aim is to provide a simple, safe and rigid mounting system for most types of telescope on the market, to give our customers the best possible results for astro imaging and visual observing. Made from the highest grade British aerospace 6068 T6 tempered and artificially aged aluminium, which has the highest strength in the 6000 series alloy range and is extremely corrosion resistant. All threads are stainless steel, and dovetail clamps are spring loaded with teflon washers.
You can choose the length of the telescope handle in the options menu below. Corresponding Vixen and Losmandy bars are listed as associated products below that. We recommend ordering them at the same time to save on shipping costs. (International customers - please contact us for a shipping quote before ordering).

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Altair TMS - Vixen Synta Dovetail Bar (Blue Anodised)
Altair TMS - Vixen Synta Dovetail Bar (Clear Silver)
Altair TMS Losmandy Dovetail Plate 180mm 250mm 300mm 350mm Silver

Customer feedback

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Ryan King
    Delivery to Oz took 5 days. I got the 250 size with the dovetail for my 120ED. The grip fits my hand perfectly and it's very light and strong. My scopes now portable and looks good not that it matters in the dark ;) good on you fellas
  • Author: Will Hughes
    I actually ordered a set of these handles for my telescope and my Defender 90 offroader for internal passenger handles. I installed one on the dash and one on the upper rollcage with M6 screws. Extremely well made, and they look great. Can also be used for astronomy. You guys should make Landy bits too!
  • Author: Steve Goble
    What a nice idea, it makes putting your telescope on the mount very easy. Buy this if you want something different from the usual foreign junk sold everywhere else, and want to add a nice touch to your telescope.

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