The Free-Turn X marries elegance and efficiency with pure brawn. At only 8.2 pounds, the Free-Turn X's optimized structure is designed to carry big loads without being a big load.
Go Small. Go Large. The Free-Turn X is nimble enough to be a good match to an 90 mm refractor -- but has the strength to solidly carry a 140 mm triplet or 180 mm doublet. The versatile FTX is perfect for refractors, Cassegrains, and large binoculars. The FTX derives its high stiffness-to-weight ratio from a sophisticated, cross-braced design with elegant tapering and pocketing; heavily preloaded bearings; short-cantilever geometry; and other advanced strategies.
The Free-Turn X provides better manual "tracking" because it operates with low levels of friction. The engineered secret is two-axis balancing without counterweights. The FTX uses the weight of the scope itself to counter the average off-axis load created by the star-diagonal, eyepiece, finder, etc. Off-axis loading is responsible for "balance shifts" when aiming higher or lower with mounts lacking two-axis balancing. Free from gravity-induced torque, the FTX can optimize precise movement rather than staying-in-place. Follow objects on their direct path with joy-stick like control. You won't miss the clock-drive as much as you think with the easy-tracking FTX.
The uncanny manual "tracking" ability of the FTX is further enhanced by separating the functions of "being a bearing" from "being a brake" so that friction levels can be reduced to near zero -- yielding unmatched ability for small-angle movement.
The Free-Turn X provides no-tool, adjust-on-the-fly friction control. A little friction added in measured amounts can sometimes be a good thing. The FTX does NOT force one to accept the worst-case level of friction for all of your observing to avoid the pain getting out a wrench, removing covers, and making trial-and-error adjustments. With the FTX, add only the resistance you want by moving a lever to make compensations for significantly different eyepieces. Most eyepiece changes require no compensation. Because of the FTX's integrated two-axis balancing, you only need to add the minimum friction necessary to null the variation in off-axis load -- not the entire off-axis load.
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 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 with supreme accuracy. Find anything fast! 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.
The Free-Turn X is an elite quality mount that complements the very best scopes. It's also rugged and reliable -- with nothing to break, fail, or wear out. The FTX is built for a lifetime of trouble-free operation.
The Free-Turn X is the EASY mount. Lightweight. Compact. Solid. Intuitive operation. Reliable.
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Return authorization required and must be initiated within ten days of receipt. Returns must be in original packaging and fully insured. Shipping charges and PayPal fees are not refundable. Minimum 15% restocking fee applies -- plus repair/replacement charges for any parts not returned in original condition, or for any servicing required to restore the items to original condition.