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Model: eq6-extension-tube-20857Part Number: 20857
The extension tube extends the height of the NEQ6 / EQ6-R / AZ-EQ6 mount by 8" so is a popular choice with owners of long-tube refractor telescopes as it places the eyepiece at a more comfortable height and prevents the telescope hitting a tripod leg.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the product which seems to work fine. Gave it 4 stars and not 5 because I think the design could be improved. The bottom of the extension (the circular disk inside the tube) attaches to the existing tripod/pier head using the main central bolt only. The extension tube bolts to this disk in 3 places, which is very secure, but there is nothing to stop the extension rotating around the central bolt. Even when tightened fully, it's still possible to twist the extension slightly if the EQ6 head is knocked. Following recommendation from another user who had the same issue, I put a rubber disk between the existing head and the disk inside the extension tube to increase the contact area and increase grip, to reduce the likelihood of the tube rotating if knocked. The design could be improved by the manufacturer fitting a pin or bolt to attach the disk to the mount head to prevent twisting.
Nicely made and it feels solid and gives extra height so I can fit my esprit 150 telescope and not to worry that the telescope might hit the tripod legs, very easy to fit!
Great bit of kit, might sound expensive but has cast heavy duty tube nicely powder coated in a texture finish, cast head, again coated and robust, has bearings and everything needed to attach between mount and tripod, no wobbles and vibration.. .. usage stops the scope from clanging into the tripod legs.. great for imaging when a camera is at the end of a refractor..and observing without getting wet knees ..
Yes, the Az EQ6 has the same mount fitting as the EQ6, the extension will fit nicely.
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