The massive and sturdy two-part telescope mounting system comprised of our 22” Dovetail Saddle Plate (DOVE3622) and 27” Dovetail Bar (SB3627) provides the convenience of a dovetail with the security of a fixed mounting plate. It was designed for strength, rigidity and versatility. 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 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 saddle plate has two cable-routing channels on the eyepiece end, each 2" wide and approximately 0.5" high. These channels allow you to access the large opening at the top of the declination axis to run your cables through the mount. Refer to the cabling section of the manual (for the mounts shipped in 2008/2009) to see how easy this is.
The DOVE3622 saddle plate is 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 - centered, forward or back depending on the balance point of your instruments.
Dimensions: 12.9" x 22" (328 x 559 mm)
Weight: 15 lb. (7 kg)
Included fasteners are shown on the Mounting Plate Fastener Chart.