The massive and sturdy two-part telescope mounting system (22" Dovetail Saddle Plate #DOVE3622 and 22" Dovetail Sliding Bar #SB3622) provides the convenience of a dovetail with the security of a fixed mounting plate. It was custom designed for strength, rigidity and versatility.
The robust male dovetail plate (photo will be added soon) features a myriad of holes throughout the entire length that can accommodate a variety of instrument configurations at various balance points. Instruments include the Planewave CDK telescopes and any mounting rings that have the Astro-Physics hole spacing of 3.2" . We also offer hole spacing of 3.5", 5.5" and 7.5" from one end of the plate to the other. You can also use two (or even three, depending on instrument size) DOVELM16S mounting plates in a side by side configuration for multiple instruments (we will drill the appropriate holes into your DOVELM16S at no charge).
The dovetail system can be set up for tip-in or slide-in of the dovetail sliding bar. Safety slots on the saddle plate coupled with the sliding bar''''s'' safety stop will help keep accidents from happening.
For permanent installations, a series of matching through-holes in the saddle and tapped holes in the sliding dovetail plate allow the setup to be bolted into its final position through both plates once adequate balance is achieved. As an added feature, the dovetail plate is drilled on the eyepiece end so that you can attach a plate that can be customized as a cabling port.