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Equatorial Wedges

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Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge For 7" & 8" Telescopes - 07002

SKU: MEA-07002
  • This Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge enables long-exposure astrophotography with 7” Mak-Cass as well as 8” SCT and ACF telescopes by allowing alt-azimuth style field rotation in equatorial mode.
  • Conforms to the area between the telescope and standard field tripod.
  • User-friendly knobs allow adjustments for both setting latitude angle and for accurate polar alignment.
  • Boasting sturdy construction, the Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge provides a solid foundation for astrophotography applications with 7" and 8" telescopes.

Meade LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate - 07389

SKU: MEA-07389
  • Meade Adapter Plate for attaching LX90 model telescopes to Meade Equatorial Wedges.
  • Facilitates precise polar alignment for astro-imaging.
  • Makes the standard three hole mounting pattern found on Meade wedges compatible with the single central mounting bolt all LX90 telescopes require.
  • Supplies all LX90 sizes with the rigid stability necessary for mounting to any Meade Equatorial Wedge.

Meade X Wedge Equatorial Wedge - 07028

SKU: MEA-07028
  • This Meade X-Wedge Equatorial Wedge facilitates extended astro-imaging exposures longer than about 5 minutes using Meade LX200 and LX600 Schmidt-Cassegrain and ACF telescope models.
  • Fits between the telescope and the tripod to allow equatorial-style mounts to be tilted to correspond with the observer's latitude for precise polar alignment for your telescope.
  • The Meade X-Wedge is an exceptionallly heavy-duty wedge that provides mounting with excellent vibration damping that is both secure and stable.
  • Made from ultra-rigid precision CNC-machined aircraft grade aluminum with smooth and accurate adjustments for altitude and azimuth.
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Why add a wedge to your telescope? Astrophotography! An alt-azimuth motorized telescope is certainly capable of taking short exposures of bright objects like the Moon and planets, but if you want to do longer exposures of deep-sky objects, an equatorially mounted telescope is required to eliminate field rotation so your stars are pinpoints and your objects are nice and sharp.

An equatorial wedge allows you to set up your telescope to match your observing latitude, and when it tracks, instead of moving in a relatively straight line, your scope will move just like it would if it were mounted on a German equatorial mount. However, because your wedge is an accessory and not an integral part of your mount, you can remove it anytime to enjoy the portability and easy-going nature of a computerized alt-az mount.

Using an equatorial wedge dramatically improves your images. Stars in a long exposure photograph no longer appear as a long arc, trail, or streak due to field rotation, with this kind of alignment. Many of the most notable brands in astronomy make equatorial wedges, including Celestron, Meade, Sky-Watcher, and Software Bisque. Check out our selection of equatorial wedges to enhance your imaging system!

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