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   Updated 6/24/19

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Equatorial Platforms
for great Dob tracking.

A well-made Dobsonian telescope is an excellent observing machine. It features unmatched stability and smoothness of motion. Plus, it is eminently compact and transportable. However, the Dobsonian has one major drawback - no motor drive. You have to push it around to follow what you're viewing. This can get to be a hassle.

Set a Dobsonian on an Equatorial Platform and experience instant motorized tracking! Wherever you point, you're tracking - smoothly, precisely - without losing stability, ease of operation or portability.

A Dobsonian mounted on an EQUATORIAL PLATFORM becomes the ultimate user-friendly telescope. Perfect for High-Power Drawing, Classes, Star-Parties, Group Viewing, Astrophotography and CCD Imaging.

Large Aperture
Aluminum Telescope System with SlipStream GoTo Drive

These new SpicaEyes Telescopes combine solid All-Aluminum construction with a new GoTo drive system that integrates a Slip Clutch on both axes for full-time manual and motorized slew control.

32" f2.8 SlipStream Telescope
with Lockwood Optics

Recently, Equatorial Platforms has completed the construction, assembly and testing of a new 32" F2.8 SlipStream Telescope.
Click here for a report
of the telescope’s mechanical and optical performance, based on testing/calibration over a period of several evenings. While the quality of the night sky during these sessions was not superior, still, certain evaluations can be made about both the mechanics and the optics of this amazing telescope.

30" f3.3 SlipStream Telescope
with Kennedy Optics

Click here to see a PDF article about this amazing telescope in the Sept/Oct. 2010 issue of Astronomy Technology Today.

You can find objects fast by using the included Argo Navis computer. The telescope will automatically slew, or you can move it by hand. Once you find your target, the telescope will track it for you, keeping it centered in the field of view. The integrated SlipStream clutches allow you to move the scope at any time by hand or with the motorized slew control, with no levers to disengage.

These SpicaEyes Aluminum Telescopes are also available with Integrated Aluminum Platforms for superior imaging capability.

Customer Comment of the Month -

Charles Gray of Houston,TX, recently received his new Dual-axis Aluminum Platform for his spiffy-looking 6" dob. He has it set up for doing observing and imaging of the Moon and Planets. Here are some of his comments:

'It was clear tonight until the clouds rolled in a little after 2 AM. It’s nearly 3 AM now and I have everything broken down and stored.But I just had to write and let you know that the Polar Alignment Tool makes all the difference in the world! I did a video of 8 minutes of Saturn, whereas before the longest I could capture was around 2 minutes before it fell off the screen. And it was great watching Jupiter or the moon just stay on the screen for what seemed like forever compared to before! I got a ton of videos of them tonight!

Because I’m set up on the sidewalk next to the street, I had 3 people stop by tonight to look at Jupiter. Some nights I’ve had 8 or 10 stop to look. I’ve even had some drive by and make a u-turn or back up and get out to take a look. Mini-star parties!

I did get some pretty good images of Jupiter and the moon night before last. And a few images of Saturn. I've attached a few of them along with a couple of pictures of the telescope on the platform and of my set up. it was only the 3rd time that I've tried to use the AltairAstro camera (or any other astrophotography camera for that matter) and the Astrostakkert software. So, I'm still learning. None of these images could have been obtained without your platform.'

For those who want to read about Charles' imaging and processing techniques, as well as view a neat animation of Jupiter's rotation, click this tutorial.