Altair TMS Heavy Duty Universal Saddle Plate for iEQ45, G11, EQ6, HEQ5 (Clear Silver)
Altair Heavy Duty USP Features:
- Compatible with Losmandy-wide-format dovetail plates, and Vixen-narrow-format doevtail bars. Very precisely machined.
- Safe and easy "tip in" saddle lets you place your telescope quickly and easily from the side, while tightening up the clamps with your other hand. This avoids that awkward struggle in the dark, while you try to hold onto a damp slippery telescope, while carefully lining up a saddle plate which will only slide in from the very end. This design feature is now much-copied and is based on feedback and requests from several customers who have nearly dropped their telescopes!
- Chamfered and rounded edges make it even easier to get a heavy telescope placed securely, before tightening the clamps with your other hand.
- Heavy duty hard anodised star knobs, custom-machined for a positive grip with or without gloves.
- The clamp has machined guides for a positive lock.
- No sharp edges or poor machining.
- The heavy duty spring loaded Stainless Steel M8 threads do not corrode.
- Looks great in hard anodised "Altair Blue" to match the rest of the TMS range.
Readily available, and made locally in the UK at our machine shop on HAAS 4 axis CNC milling machines. That means we have complete control over quality.
The Altair TMS will fit the iOptron iEQ45 directly using the existing hex screws.
The Altair USP bolts directly to the Losmandy G11, replacing the factory saddle plate, a very popular upgrade.
To fit the Altair USP to the Synta Skywatcher EQ6 or Orion USA Atlas mounts, you will need an adapter puck (see the two options below).
Likewise you can fit the USP to the Skywatcher HEQ5 or equivalent Orion Atlas EQ-G - choose the correct adapter puck below.
The Altair USP also has a pair of standard M8 "Takahashi" style holes on the base with 35mm separation, enabling the Universal Saddle Plate to be mounted on the William Optics Easytouch, AYO and numerous other mounts, including Takahashi - with the appropriate Takahashi adapter puck.
Author: Charles Harris
As an engineer I can confirm this system is very good quality with a good finish and you can tell that whoever made this actually cares about what they're doing. Each part feels individually made. The dovetail is a worthwhile improvement to my HEQ5 and is much more solid than the standard part on the mount with a much more secure grip.
Author: Archie Bergman
This is the best upgrade I've done on my EQ6 so far and a credit to the engineer. Installation is easy and common-sense i.e. if you can remove the standard clamp and puck, you can add this product. It would be nice to see the inclusion of an Allen key and instructions however I really can't criticise this product.
Author: Gavin Fletcher
Firstly I'm glad to see this is made in the UK and secondly you can tell it's made by someone who knows what they're doing. If only other equipment was this well made and presented. I was slightly put off by the price however when I recieved the package I understood why it costs a bit more than your average mounting equipment due to the materials and precision with which its machined. Proper British engineering! Fletch.
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