The Baader Dovetail V-Bracket with Standard Dovetail Base # DOVE-VB / 2457011 consists of two parts:
1) V-Bracket Stalk
The V-bracket metal stalk allows you to raise the Baader SkySurfer red dot finder above the surface of the telescope tube, thus making it easier to use the finder for terrestrial or astronomical use. The top of the V-bracket fetures a V design commonly used in other astronomy and terrestrial red dot finders.
This stalk slides into the included dovetail base. Since it features the common Synta/Vixen-style design, it should also work with compatible dovetail bases from many other suppliers.
The V-bracket can be easily removed from the base by loosening the two thumbscrews. You can buy additional dovetail bases to use the stalk and your finder (not included) on more than one telescope.
2) Standard Dovetail Base # 2457000
The Baader Universal Quick Release dovetail finder base (finder-shoe) # 2457000 is compatible with most standard Vixen or Synta style finder brackets and red dot finders, including Baader's MQR-III, MQR-IV, and Sky-Surfer V finder. The base can also be used as an additional base on telescopes that don't already have a finder shoe in a convenient position.
It is CNC machined with a curved base and features elongated holes for a good fitting to almost any telescope, including Schmidt-Cassegrains (SCT). The Baader finder base has two elongated holes for screws up to M5, with either a countersunk head or a flat cylindrical head. Spacing between the screws can range from 27-45mm. In addition, the base has a central countersunk hole for screws up to M5. Screws and nuts are not included.
This item is an excellent replacement for the finder base on many Explore Scientific telescopes. Replacing the original Explore Scientific "Meade-style" base with this item allows you to use the much more common Synta / Vixen style finder brackets on your telescope. However, please meausre the hole spacing on your specific Explore Scientific telescope first to ensure that it meets the hole spacing criteria of this Baader base.
- V-bracket weight = 1.9oz
- Dovetail base weight = 1.9oz
- Combined total weight = 3.8oz