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   Updated 4/28/15

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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.
Click here for 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.

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 -

Paulo Estrada of Mexico recently took delivery of a Dual-axis Platform for his 12.5" Obsession Telescope. The Platform was finished to match the stain of the scope itself. Mr. Estrada is using this powerful combo to do excellent high-resolution Lunar and Planetary imaging. Here are two examples of his work -- a stunning closeup of the crater Plato on the Moon, showing an incredible amount of detail on the crater floor. The other image is a beautiful colored and detailed capture of the belts, festoons and Great Red Spot on Jupiter.

"The platform is a work of art. Every detail of manufacture is wonderful. I just roughly polar aligned it and started taking photographs of Jupiter the first night..." - Paulo Estrada