Desert Sky Astro Products
Quality Astronomical Accessories
1625 E Villa Theresa Dr, Phoenix AZ 85022
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DSV-M MINI ALT-AZ MOUNT
The DSV-M provides an affordable and highly portable solution for your 60-80mm refractor, 5"- 6" SCT
or 90mm - 127mm Mak. It is designed for use with the LWT-1 Astro Tripod or with most heavy-duty
photo tripods equipped with a center column and a 3/8-16 mounting post. For use on tripods without a
center column, see the extension column accessory below.
The DSV-M outclasses anything currently offered in its price and size range. Check the list of features
below and compare to some others Alt-Az mini mounts. You will see that really there's no comparison.
Made of precision-fitting parts, CNC-machined from solid chunks of 6061-T6 Aircraft Aluminum. Some
others use welded parts, castings or even pieces of tube with plastic end caps!
The DSV-M's unique design allows the axes to be coplanar (the axes cross) without interfering with
each other. This results in a more compact mount, better axis alignment and reduces side forces, for
smoother motion. Less sophisticated designs offset the axes. Further, the DSV-M axes are
spring-loaded, allowing for fine axis adjustment and super-smooth motions. No rough spots or
sudden lockdown effect.
CNC machined from Stainless Steel for strength and corrosion resistance. Some others use regular
Each axis on the DSV-M is supported by two precision ball bearings and a large Teflon thrust bearing.
Some others use plain bearings or thrust bearings only!
Dovetail clamp (saddle)
The DSV-M comes standard with a non-marring Vixen-style dovetail clamp. This is a compact design
that maintains the mount's stylish outline. Some other mounts use a bolt type dovetail clamp or even
just a plate with holes to attach your scopes tube rings
The DSV-M uses large custom CNC-machined Aluminum knobs, knurled for easy grip even when
wearing gloves. Some others use cheap plastic knobs or charge additional money for metal knobs.
The DSV-M is assembled using Stainless Steel hardware throughout for corrosion resistance and
lasting good appearance. No rust-prone plated steel fasteners used, as is the case with lesser mounts.
Dimensions: 5-1/2" H x 4-1/4" W x 2-1/2" D.
Net weight: 2.5 lb
Tripod fitting: 3/8-16 (fits most heavy duty photo tripods)
Tough satin black powder coat finish.
The DSV-M is recommended for refractors up to 80mm F/7, Schmidt-Cassegrains up to 6",
Maksutov-Cassegrain up to 5" in aperture. This assumes the tripod used can carry the combined
weight of the mount, the telescope(s) and accessories being used.
$180.00 + $12.00 shipping within CONUS.
|Extension Column for DSV-M
This accessory allows using the DSV-M with tripods
not equipped with a center column. It also works
with other brands of mounts and tripods where
extra clearance may be desired.
- 2.5" baseplate and 2" diameter column.
- Aluminum & Stainless Steel construction.
- 8" overall height.
- 3/8-16 tripod fitting & mounting bolt thread
- Tough satin black powdercoat finish.
$50.00 + $12.00 shipping