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PetersonEng - Mounting Assistant


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PetersonEng - Mounting Assistant


The Mounting Assistant is a super-compact 8-1/2" X 10-1/4" mounting plate designed to simplify attachment of Meade's LX200-ACF, LX200GPS, LX400, LX200 Classic and LX90 telescopes being used in the Alt-azimuth mode with Meade's Standard Field Tripod, Giant Field Tripod or Ultra Stable Tripod. It fits the 7" MCT as well as the 8", 10", 12" and 14" LX400 and SCT.

With this mounting system, you first, "square" the tripod using hardware supplied to insure that the legs are properly positioned. Then you simply place the rounded end of the telescope base against the three yellow positioning fingers and lower the telescope until it sits upon the base. Instead of wobbling the telescope sits firmly upon the plate and perfectly aligned over the tripod mounting screw. Simply raise the mounting screw and turn to engage.

This design solves 7 major problems inherent in competitive mounting plates, which are typically larger and permit the temporary storage of eyepieces.

1) Our experience (in the North-East U.S.) is that eyepiece lenses stored on oversized mounting plate eyepiece trays rapidly collect dew, rendering them unusable without being dried off. Even in dry conditions, upright eyepieces seem to have an affinity for collecting cigarette ashes, dust and debris carried on the breeze.

2) We also found that large competitive plates protrude excessively, interfering with observing objects at the zenith. Your neck hits the plate long before your eye reaches the eyepiece. Our smaller plates allow easy access to the eyepiece, even when viewing directly overhead.

3) The Mounting Assistant's compact size permits convenient storage of your tripod in a tight space such as a closet or a vehicle without removal of the mounting plate.

4) To better accommodate SCT owners, a wing nut and washer (not shown) are included with the Mounting Assistant system to simplify "squaring" Meade's Standard Field Tripod and Giant Field Tripod before placing the scope on the mounting plate. This simple procedure has been shown to be 100% effective - the scope mounts 100% of the time first time every time. At present this is the only mounting plate known to provide this additional feature.

5) The Mounting Assistant is the lightest weight mounting aid available. For Meade's lightweight standard field tripod weight isn't a concern, but every ounce saved makes a difference if you have the heavy giant field tripod. While most mounting systems on the market are single plate designs, there are some costly and heavy 2 plate systems on the market. These systems require bolting an extra part to the base of your scope, increasing the weight of what is already the heaviest component in your system.

6) One of the key points overlooked by astronomers looking for a mounting device is the high cost of shipping a large heavy metal plate. The Mounting Assistant is small enough and light enough to fit into the postal service's Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope. Delivery is only 2 to 3 days within the US for only $5. It also fits the Global Priority Mail flat rate envelope, so rapid delivery to Canada and Mexico is only $8, and for most of the other countries throughout the world is only $9.00!

7) There have been a number of incidents where the cables from the scope base to the focuser and/or the control box have snagged on large competitive mounting plates when the scope was slewing, causing wiring to be ripped out and destroyed. For obvious reasons there are no reported instances where this has happened with the super-compact Mounting Assistant.

The Mounting Assistant is fabricated from alloy 6061T6 aircraft aluminum, and finished with black anodize. The mounting guide posts are steel covered with vinyl so as to prevent marring the telescope base. The hardware for attaching to the tripod is included.

Additional Information

Name PetersonEng - Mounting Assistant
Manufacturer Peterson Engineering
Model MountAssist
Manufacturer Part No MountAssist