Our Gibraltar HD5 mount mates the rock-solid Gibraltar HD tripod with a larger, heavier alt-az head designed for our 5" scopes. The head is an inch wider than the original Tele-Pod version, has larger bearings, and cradle holes to accept the Tele Vue NP127 baseplate as well as all other Tele Vue scopes.
The large bearing surfaces and thick wood legs of the Gibraltar HD tripod handles the load for high power viewing. Leg extensions raise the altitude axis to 5-feet, still ideally sized for use with our Air-Chair observing stool. Scale on leg extensions allows repeatable setting to desired height. A wood accessory tray ties the legs together for rigidity. Built-in pier allows for high-altitude viewing. A bubble-level is integrated into the tripod base. Metal ground spikes with rubber tips are provided.
Gibraltar HD5 accepts all accessories including Sky Tour (spacers STS-5002 required to fasten the azimuth encoder cover to the wider baseplate).
SKY TOUR (OPTIONAL - INSTALLED)
The Tele Vue Sky Tour computerized object locating system integrates seamlessly with our mounts to put 2,000+ objects within your grasp. Quick setup 2-star alignment allows observing fixed objects without fiddling with latitude, longitude, date or time inputs. Easy to use Guide mode shows you the direction to move the scope in order to center the selected object. Sky Tour adds R.A./Decl. digital position readout (resolution: 1' R.A, 0.1-deg. declination) to mounts.
For even more objects, Sky Tour can now interface with TheSky astronomy program from Software Bisque, Inc. through your PDA or laptop. Sky Tour can be ordered factory installed or added later as an upgrade. Read our Sky Tour page for complete list of features.