Platforms for most Dobsonians
and quiet tracking for any Dobsonian up to 25".
- A full 75
minutes of tracking at a time, with a 5 second reset.
for high power visual viewing and some astro-photography, such
as piggy-back and short exposure prime
stable, yet lightweight mount -- weighs 20-35 lbs (depending on
size) but can easily carry a large telescope.
apple-ply plywood construction with a multi-layered weatherproof
- New quartz
drive is now standard on the Compact Platform. Runs on a single
9V battery (included) for a long time. It offers quiet and precise
priced from: $975.00 (plus crating/shipping and CA sales tax,
if applicable). See price list for details.
weather finally broke here in the Midwest and I wanted to let you
know your Compact Platform for my 12.5 inch truss dob is fantastic.
The rocker box fit perfectly on the Platform and the whole scope
is very stable. Tracking is absolutely perfect - objects just sit
in the eyepiece. Since I've never had a tracking telescope before
it was kind of weird to watch M57 just sit there. The interface
with the SkyCommander encoder and azimuth bolt is very easy to install
and take down. The color and finish of the platform really matches
the scope well. I have attached a couple of pictures.
I've said before, it was a real pleasure doing business with you.
One of these days when I'm older and richer, I'll build a 20 inch
scope and get another one of your Platforms. Worth every penny."
Tom Lindsay Columbus, IN
to let you know that my first light with the new Compact Platform
exceeded all expectations. It is easily the most enjoyable night
under the stars since I started observing about two years ago. The
Platform blended in seamlessly with my Orion XT8i dob. Jupiter remained
in the eyepiece at 120X for well over 1/2 hour after a quick polar
alignment using the Polar Alignment Tool even without doing any
drift alignment. What is more, the Object Locater of the Orion dob
worked extremely well with the Platform (with the sidereal clock
turned off), placing objects accurately within the field of view
at 120X. The Compact Platform is indeed a superb piece of equipment,
well worth the price. It is also the most beautiful object in the
Please feel free to use this note to help others thinking of getting
a Tom O platform."
Yung Toronto, Ontario
"Finally had a clear night when I had time to observe! Set
up the equatorial platform with a quick visual alignment to Polaris,
then leveled it using the bubble level mounted on the platform.
This took about a minute. My scope then tracked Jupiter perfectly
at 400x. Not a hint of vibration, not even a little drift. Your
Compact Platform makes high power observing with my dob really pleasurable
instead of frustrating. Thanks very much for making such a high
Weinrich Baltimore, MD
at a club 'Sky Watch' this Monday, and used my Compact Platform
'for real' for the first time.
I've been showing people Mars at such times, but I'm used to having
to re-find the planet every minute.
This time I
eye-balled the polar alignment of the Platform against Polaris,
put the telescope on top and pointed my scope at Mars. And Mars
just _sat_ there in the eyepiece. I was able to use the full 215x
on it,and let one middle-schooler or parent after another look at
Mars, and I didn't have to re-find the planet!
I knew it was
going to work, but I'm still surprised by how well it worked and
how easy it was."
John Bishop Nashua, NH
"I had the chance this past weekend to use my new Compact Platform
with my 14.5" Starmaster and as one member of our club said, 'It's
the cat's meow.' Set up was a snap. A rough alignment using a $2
compass provided excellent tracking. Also, the way you set up the
azimuth bearing to accept my Sky Commander's encoder is great. Using
the scope felt the same. No instability was introduced as a result
of the Platform.
I have already
become spoiled. I love the idea of being able to find a target,
take notes at a leisurely pace, look up information in one of my
observing guides, select a new eyepiece, and then return to the
eyepeice to find the object hovering just where I left it several
minutes earlier. It also makes sharing the view all that more enjoyable
as people can just step up and look without me having to be worried
that the target left the field of view.
really completes my telescope and I look forward to using it for
a long time. In fact, I'm adapting a couple of smaller scopes to
take advantage of the tracking capability provided by my Platform."
Mitchell Gerdisch Naperville, IL
my Compact Equatorial Platform for nine months, I would like to
let you know it is worth every penny I paid for it. My Equatorial
Platform has revolutionised my observing, making the use of high
powers a pleasure instead of something too impractical to consider.
I now routinely observe the moon at 560x with my 8" Dobsonian. The
Platform tracks beautifully, and it is very economical to run --
the 9V battery providing many hours of use before replacement is
"For the cost
of an equivalent Newtonian on a German equatorial mount, I have
the unltimate user friendly telescope: the facility of the Dobsonian
mount but with the advantage of tracking -- the best of both mounting
Graeme Clement North Perth, Australia
to let you know how happy I am with the Compact Platform you sent
me. My scope has been improved about 1000%! The Platform arrived
about 10 days ago and last night was the first chance I had to use
it and it worked great. Objects stayed right in the center."
Ray Patrick Portage, PA
"I just wanted
to let you know how the Compact Platform that I picked up yesterday
works: Great! The alignment was very easy, and I was amazed at how
well the objects stayed in the field of view. I was able to use
a 5mm ortho eyepiece that only has an 8 arc-minute field of view
(I hardly ever used it before, because all I wound up doing was
continuosly pushing the tube). It was great to be able to look through
this eyepiece (at 311x) at Jupiter and Saturn and M2 for as long
as I liked without having to touch the tube. Also, I think the workmanship
on your platform is just superb. Thanks for a wonderful product
that has greatly enhanced my joy of using my telescope."
Peter Schneider San Ramon, CA