TeleVue Walnut Panoramic Mount with Sky Tour Installed
While the Tele-Pod represents the most travel friendly mount for our smaller scopes, for more rigidity under heavier loads, we took the Tele-Pod head and adapted it to our fine Panoramic wooden tripod. Since the Sky Tour encoder attachment points are within the head itself, for the first time, the Panoramic mount is not only Sky Tour capable - but this model has it installed.
The Panoramic Mount is available in solid ash or beautiful walnut wood with brass fittings. It places the scope from approximately 3 to 5 feet high. Metal ground spikes with rubber tips are provided. A central tray adds rigidity and a convenient platform for accessories.
The Sky Tour object locator adds "brains" to the Panoramic Mount's beauty. With its exclusive Lorenzin 2000+ database and refinements such as backlit button names, 10 character smooth scrolling display and advanced "identify" capability, Sky Tour brings the hand-held computer to a new feature/ performance level - a Televue level of convenience and ease of use.
More than just a star chart Iisting, Tom Lorenzin's 2000+ database is a collection of interesting and observable double and triple stars, bright & dark nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and colored stars most suited to Televue telescopes.
The 2000+ objects are organized into six catalogs: NGC (New General Cat.), M (Messier), IC (lndex Cat.), ST (Star), NS (Non-Standard), and PL (Planets). For quick reference, an additional FAV catalog is available to store 250 of your favorite objects.
Televue believes that the fun of astronomy is in the observing. Set-up and equipment operation is kept to a minimum. Sky Tour instructions are easy to follow and include step-by-step diagrams. A simple phone plug connects the computer to the Panoramic Mount. Turn Sky Tour on, align the marks on the Telepod Mount head, sight two known stars from a choice of 31 and Sky Tour is ready to lead you on your evening's journey. A little familiarity with the stars, and the alignment will take slightly longer than it did to read this paragraph!
SkyTour's functions are organized into nine "modes. " They are: Star Fix, RA DEC, Catalog, Guide, Align, Identify, Timer, Install, and Encoder. Once Sky Tour is aligned, you'll enter the Catalog mode and choose an object to view. The Guide mode shows you the direction to move the scope in order to find the selected object. Finding over 2000 objects is as simple as that!
Sky Tour also gives you digital setting circles by converting Alt/Az positioning into Right Ascension and declination. The RA DEC mode lets you hunt for any object in the sky just by looking up its RA and DEC position.
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