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   Updated 3/3/12

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Equatorial Platforms
for great Dob tracking.

A well-made Dobsonian telescope is an excellent observing machine. It features unmatched stability and smoothness of motion. Plus, it is eminently compact and transportable. However, the Dobsonian has one major drawback - no motor drive. You have to push it around to follow what you're viewing. This can get to be a hassle.

Set a Dobsonian on an Equatorial Platform and experience instant motorized tracking! Wherever you point, you're tracking - smoothly, precisely - without losing stability, ease of operation or portability.

A Dobsonian mounted on an EQUATORIAL PLATFORM becomes the ultimate user-friendly telescope. Perfect for High-Power Drawing, Classes, Star-Parties, Group Viewing, Astrophotography and CCD Imaging.

Large Aperture
Aluminum Telescope System with SlipStream GoTo Drive

These new SpicaEyes Telescopes combine solid All-Aluminum construction with a new GoTo drive system that integrates a Slip Clutch on both axes for full-time manual and motorized slew control.

32" f2.8 SlipStream Telescope
with Lockwood Optics

Recently, Equatorial Platforms has completed the construction, assembly and testing of a new 32" F2.8 SlipStream Telescope. This article is a report of the telescope’s mechanical and optical performance, based on testing/calibration over a period of several evenings. While the quality of the night sky during these sessions was not superior, still, certain evaluations can be made about both the mechanics and the optics of this amazing telescope. Click here for the full story.

30" f3.3 SlipStream Telescope
with Kennedy Optics

Click here to see a PDF article about this amazing telescope in the Sept/Oct. 2010 issue of Astronomy Technology Today.

You can find objects fast by using the included Argo Navis computer. The telescope will automatically slew, or you can move it by hand. Once you find your target, the telescope will track it for you, keeping it centered in the field of view. The integrated SlipStream clutches allow you to move the scope at any time by hand or with the motorized slew control, with no levers to disengage.

These SpicaEyes Aluminum Telescopes are also available with Integrated Aluminum Platforms for superior imaging capability.

Customer Comment of the Month -

Bob Hanson in BC, Canada had us make him a Dual-axis Platform for his new 12.5" Teleport Telescope. After using this Telescope/Platform combo for a few months, he sent us his comments. Here are his opening words:

"I’d like to offer a heartfelt “thank you” for the excellent Dual Axis EQ platform that you crafted earlier during the year. It works incredibly well! I was able to obtain some magnificent views at the TMSP and Merritt Star Quest (held in the mountains of BC, Canada) with the Teleport 12.5” / Osypowski Dual Axis EQ Platform combination over the summertime and fall season! In fact, the Platform tracks so well and the sample astro photos that appear on your website are so compelling that I am very tempted to try some astro photography next summer. Your Platform is so well crafted that it encourages the owners to attempt to do things that would normally be considered impossible with a Dob. Such becomes possible when one does not have to worry about Platform management issues when using it in the field."

The full text of Bob's comments can be found here.