XLF (standard version)
The XLF guidescope mount (standard version) is the entry version of the XLF mount. At its base, it can be mounted by the use of the camera attachment provided by most telescope manufacturers or tripod’s ¼” UNC. Alternatively, it can be attached directly by drilling two 6mm holes, 28mm apart on main tube or affixed directly on to a mounting plate. The top end is equipped with a ‘V’ type clamp with integrated azimuth drive to take on guide/scopes with readily equipped ‘V’ dovetails. Also included with the XLF mount is a camera insert should one needs to use a camera at the ‘V’ clamp at the top end.
or using the camera insert for macro and remote photography (right image)
XLF + SD version (XLF mount with shoe dovetail base)
Has all the features of the XLF (standard version) but includes a shoe dovetail for the base. The Shoe dovetail (SD) is fixed in place by two M6 Allen bolts at the base of the XLF mount.
Mounting it to your telescope is straight forward. Simply remove the existent finder scope assembly and introduce the XLF mount equipped with the SD insert attached. A guidescope equipped with a ‘V’ type (45mm) dovetail can then be secured at the top.
Recommended loads: it is recommended that you should assess the strength of the shoe bracket on the main telescope. If the strength is found to be adequate then the full 4kg payload can be loaded.
XLF + VC version (XLF mount with ‘V’ type clamp at base)
Has all the features of the XLF (standard version) but includes a ‘V’ type clamp to the base to mount the XLF guidescope mount on to a rail equipped main telescope. This is the best way to get the utmost potential of the XLF mount, as the base is at its sturdiest form and have the capability to keep the main telescope tube balanced.
The rigidity of the assembly is only equalled by fixing a mounting plate at the base but this option has no or limited balancing options along the main telescope tube.
If necessary, the standard XLF version can be upgraded to the XLF+SD or to the XLF+VC versions by ordering the additional accessories at a later stage.
XLF model Specifications & other Technicalities
XLF Series specifications
|Black anodized body / red anodized controls / stainless steel hardware||Yes|
|Maximum payload:||4 Kgs (9 lbs)|
|‘V’ type clamp length||38mm|
|Azimuth pivot diameter||10mm|
|Altitude pivot diameter||12mm|
|Altitude drive shaft||M8|
|Camera attachment device||¼” UNC|
|Base attachment holes||2 x M6 with 28mm separation + ¼” camera attachment hole|
|XLF basic weight (standard version) with camera insert / without insert attached||460g / 390g|
|XLF with SD (optional extra) with camera insert / without insert attached||510g / 440g|
|XLF with VC (optional extra) with camera insert / without insert attached||680g / 610g|
|Altitude control (up & down) (+/-)||12 degrees / -6 degrees|
|Azimuth control (sideways)||19 degrees left / 19 degrees right|
|Basic price (standard version)||€119.00|
|Basic price with shoe dovetail & 2 x M6 Allen bolts (XLF + SD)||(XLF + SD) €129.00 (when ordered as a set)|
|Basic price with base ‘V’ type clamp, & 2 x M6 Allen bolts (XLF + VC)>||(XLF + VC) €149.00 (when ordered as a set)|
Equipment heights from telescope fixing point to clamp bed.
The XLF mount was designed to have adequate height to avoid restrictions when observing objects at high altitude (observer head or auxiliary equipment against the main telescope tube), yet not to an extent that it greatly effects the main telescope’s balance. The following is the height of each configuration from the telescope’s fixing point to the top clamp bed.
New design concepts
In addition to the innovative designs shown on our site, we introduced a couple of other new design concepts to further improve over other models available on the market.
Equipment safekeeping features:
Azzomat Engineering has introduced two simple yet very important safety features to enhance your equipment’s safekeeping.
The camera insert, available as standard equipment, has a slightly larger diameter at its base and in addition to the recess derived in clamp, will securely retain the equipment in place should it become slack and avoid expensive outcomes.
Similarly, the SD (shoe dovetail), available as an optional extra, has a stepped bottom which in an event that it becomes slack in the main telescope’s shoe bracket, prevents the guidescope or other equipment attached to slide out.
It is recommended to follow the instructions in the following PDF pages:
|Recommended guide scopes for use on the XLF mounts.||Fitting instructions for the XLF guidescope mount.||Instructions and Tips for the proper use of your AZZOMAT XLF mounts and Clamps.|