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New Orion counterweights availble now
Orion Telescopes,telescope accessories,dovetail base,counterweight,Quick-Collimation Cap
New Orion counterweights availble now


New Orion counterweights availble now

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Richard Harris Richard Harris

Orion Telescopes unveils new accessories: 5.5-lb. counterweight, Universal Dovetail Base, 8.25" Dovetail Plate, Quick-Collimation Cap. Achieve precision and adaptability for telescopes. Explore innovations for enhanced astronomical experiences!

A number of new accessories from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars are now available.

5.5-lb. Counterweight for EQ-13 and EQ-26 Mounts

For heavier telescopes and those used with heavier accessories, an extra counterweight or two may be needed to provide proper balance. Balancing an equatorial mount is important for smooth motion in both axes and accurate manual or electronic tracking.

The new Orion 5.5-lb. Counterweight is offered in versions designed to fit the counterweight shaft of the EQ-13 mount and EQ-26 mounts. It is a steel cylinder weight that has a black powdercoat finish and features a large lock knob that is easy to grip even with gloves on.

Orion universal dovetail finder scope base - Versatile and sleek

Presenting a versatile aluminum dovetail base in a sleek black anodized finish, the Orion Universal Dovetail Finder Scope Base is designed to accommodate most Orion finder scopes, mini guide scopes, and reflex sight brackets, as well as those from select other brands. This base is an optimal choice for custom installations of finder scopes on telescopes lacking a compatible base, or for enhancing telescopes with an additional finder scope or guide scope.

Crafted for telescopes with an optical tube diameter of 4" or more, including Schmidt-Cassegrain models, this dovetail base is also well-suited for mounting on flat dovetail bars or plates. The cross slots for mounting screws provide versatility, allowing for hole separations between 14mm and 39mm laterally or 14mm and 29mm front to back. The secure attachment of the finder scope bracket is ensured by two large, knurled thumbscrews.

Included in the mounting hardware are two 16mm-length M4x0.7 stainless steel pan head Phillips machine screws and two M4x0.7 hex nuts. Depending on your specific telescope or mounting platform, you may require different screws. The dimensions of the dovetail base are 39mm in length, 49.5mm in width, and 22.5mm in height, making it a practical and adaptable addition to your telescope setup.

Orion dovetail mounting plate

8.25″ Orion dovetail mounting plate

The 8.25″ Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate provides a platform for coupling telescope optical tubes to any mount that utilizes the Vixen style New Accessories from Orion Telescopes and Binocularsdovetail cradle. This “narrow-style” dovetail plate also works well with the Orion U-mount and VersaGo. The dovetail plate fits into the dovetail saddle on the mount head for easy attachment.

Ideal for those with more than one telescope to use with a single mount, the 8.25″ Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate is easy to use. Simply attach one to each of your telescopes, or telescope tube rings, and you’ll be able to swap between your telescope optical tubes quickly and easily. Once you’ve attached your telescope or telescope tube rings to the dovetail mounting plate, you can change telescopes on the mount without using tools.

The dovetail plate is made of extruded, anodized aluminum and weighs 6.5oz. The plate also has 1/4″-20 threaded holes along the centerline, allowing attachment of accessories secured from above. Through holes (unthreaded) on the ends allow for attachment of standard tube rings.

Quick Collimation Cap

Orion 1.25″ Quick-Collimation Cap

Keep your reflector telescope’s optics precisely aligned with Orion’s Quick-Collimation Cap. Aligning, or collimating, the optics is essential for achieving the best image quality and is especially important for telescopes with a fast focal ratio of f/5 or less. Collimation of a Newtonian reflector telescope involves carefully adjusting the tilt of the primary and secondary mirrors. The Quick-Collimation Cap makes the procedure fast, easy, and accurate.

The Quick-Collimation Cap is designed to fit 1.25″ focuser collars or 2″ focusers equipped with a 1.25″ adapter. Made of plastic, the cap has a small hole in the center and a disc of white reflective material on the underside. When you look into the installed cap you see the reflection of the bright disc with the dark hole in the center, which makes it easy to precisely center the primary and secondary mirrors with the adjustment screws or knobs on the telescope. Your eye stays centered - which is critical - relative to the focuser, thanks to the cap’s center hole.

Basic collimation instructions for reflector telescopes are included with the Quick-Collimation Cap.


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