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 saddle plate was designed as a female dovetail and features four spring-loaded clamps that will grip the largest instrument solidly. It can be attached to the mount in three possible positions â€” centered, forward or back depending on the balance point of your instruments.
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.