The advanced Free-Turn X provides no-tool, adjust-on-the-fly friction control. Sometimes, a little friction is a good thing. But the FTX does NOT force one to accept the worst-case friction level for all of your observing, as on older designs. Forget using a wrench, removing covers, and making trial-and-error adjustments! With the FTX, add only the resistance you want by moving a lever. The friction-control levers rotate and fold compactly alongside the mount for transport.
The Free-Turn X provides excellent zenith clearance as an integral feature. You don't need to buy a separate extension column that is essentially dead-weight with the sole purpose of solving clearance problems. Save weight and bulk with the efficient FTX. The optional Tripod Quick-Release adds 3.5 inches of clearance, but also adds a super-convenient quick-connect function that exceeds the firmness of a hand-tightened knob. The FTX and TQR blend perfectly into a neatly integrated system.
The Free-Turn X keeps the load close to the tripod's centerline, improving load stability and reducing stress on the tripod. The FTX performs well on tripods that would be considerably undersized for mount designs that swing the load to the side. Save cost and weight on the tripod. The FTX provides a more comfortable observing position, too -- that doesn't squeeze you close to the tripod legs and move you in a big circle.
The Free-Turn X points accurately. Its CNC machined geometry is perfect. There's a large, high-precision square built right into the structure of the FTX. You can't beat that for orthogonality! Find anything quickly. Without noise. Without big batteries. Without meridian reversals. Without waiting on slow slews. Without mechanical breakdowns. The FTX is good to go for many years -- without hassles or failures. Providing the ultimate in precision, the 20,000-step encoders work to fully exploit the capabilities of the Nexus DSC. Forget round-off errors of .1 degree. Locate targets with precision of about .02 degree!
The V.2 FTX supports state-of-the-art graphical Push-To pointing. The folding DSC bracket is matched to the leading-edge Nexus DSC (which can be attached with screws instead of Velcro). And the built-in RAM-ball facilitates attachment of a smart-phone or tablet for map-driven object location.
The Free-Turn X is the EASY mount. Lightweight. Compact. Solid. Intuitive operation. Maintenance free. Reliable. Cutting edge. Featureless mounts that lack controls aren't simple; they're just obsolete.
The V.2 FTX is warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three years.
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