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Orion Wide Side-by-Side Plate
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  • Mount two telescope optical tubes side by side on your wide saddle equatorial mount with this handy wide format Side-by-Side Plate
  • Increase your visual versatility by mounting two different telescopes side by side to view the same area of sky - ideal for acquiring wide views and tight magnified views of the same object through two instruments
  • Simplify your guided astrophotography setup by placing the imaging telescope next to the guide scope rather than in a piggyback orientation
  • With a wide variety of different applications, a Side-by-Side plate is an affordable way to increase the functionality of any wide saddle
  • Weighs 6 lbs. 4 oz.


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Item #  07957

With an Orion Wide Side-by-Side Plate you can easily mount two telescope optical tubes to a single mount.

The Wide Side-by-Side plate attaches to a mount equipped with a wide, or "Losmandy-style" dovetail saddle, and accepts optical tubes outfitted with a wide dovetail mounting plate. You can also mount an optical tube that is equipped with tube rings attached to a wide dovetail mounting plate.

Having two telescopes mounted side-by-side is a great way to expand your visual observational abilities. You can, for example, attach one telescope optimized for wide-field views and another more well-suited for high magnification use. Once you have the mount trained on a target object, you can alternate between wide-field and high-magnification views by looking through the two different telescopes. Imagine going to a star-party and showing off a powerful view of Jupiter's red spot region through one telescope AND a wider view of Jupiter's disk and bright moons through another telescope on the same mount.

For astro-imaging pursuits, an Orion Wide Side-by-Side plate allows you to mount an imaging telescope and guide scope next to each other instead of in a "piggyback" orientation. This can help reduce tracking errors and simplify your astro-imaging setup. What's more, you can easily swap out telescopes when using a Side-by-Side Plate if you wish to change your imaging or guide scope instruments in the middle of a lengthy imaging session.

Using a Side-by-Side Plate can reduce the amount of counterweight needed, since both mounted instruments are closer to the EQ mount's pivot point compared to telescopes mounted piggyback. The distance between the two plates is 10.2-inches. The Wide Side-by-Side plate measures 14 inches wide. Each wide dovetail saddle measures 10 inches long and 3.75 inches wide. The entire assembly is 1.5 inches in height and weighs 6.25 lbs.

Two telescopes are better than one, and with an Orion Wide Side-by-Side plate you can enjoy two telescopes on one mount!

Warranty

Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.

Orders received by noon Pacific Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Orders received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

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