The Mini Hitch II: Redesigned to Include Nova Hitch Refinements
Pick your telescope up — move it
— set it down and start observing again. Take it out the door in
one assembled unit. Hopscotch to look around trees. Walk
a quarter mile to a dark
clearing where no lights interfere. Carry your telescope
around the neighborhood or a campground to share views with others.
Take a scope on a trip when there is little room to spare.
Travel to a dark site in a fuel-efficient vehicle, with space left for a picnic basket or
camping gear. Get a quick look from the backyard after dinner.
That's grab 'n go astronomy. Not just portable astronomy — instantaneous astronomy!
Like the larger Nova Hitch, the Mini Hitch is a premium visual mount
that uniquely combines adjustable two-axis balancing, centerline
payload configuration, and
slow-motion controls. No-tool, two-axis payload balancing allows for smooth, low-friction rotation — with no worry about an unexpected, top-heavy flop-over.
Plus, the adjust-on-the-fly clutches permit dialing-in
the perfect grip for a given load variation simply by turning a
single knob on each axis — again, without using a tool. If a
tighter grip is needed during eyepiece changes or to tame a
temporarily unbalanced load caused by a monster eyepiece, then just
flip the cam-lock axis "brakes" to cinch the clutches very tightly.
The powerful slow-motion controls always remain operable.
The Mini Hitch is CNC-machined from aircraft-grade alloys for strength, precision, and beauty. And it features preloaded, roller-type thrust bearings, creating solid, slop-free connections with the mount structure.
Summary of Features:
What Is the Load Capacity of the Mini Hitch?
Load capacities of mountings can not be meaningfully specified by weight. The moments-of-inertia around the various critical axes are what really matters. But the Mini Hitch II is well matched to 90 mm refractors with bino-viewers; 105 mm refractors without bino-viewers; or a loaded C-6 SCT. In general, the Mini Hitch's two-axis balancing makes it a great mount for bino-viewing or large eyepieces.
As a rule of thumb only, combined OTA/accessory loads up to about 18 pounds can be considered.
Note that this a conservative guideline — intended to establish solid performance as the norm. The Mini Hitch is more rigid than most small mounts with "ratings" as high as 25 pounds. Don't be fooled by this common marketing ploy!
Keep in mind that the Mini Hitch is most remarkable for being lightweight AND rigid. The extraordinary portability of lightweight scopes would be a virtue lost with heavier/bulkier mounts.