Blandin Platforms is a new company offering equatorial platforms for Dobsonian telescopes. The company’s new Crossbow equatorial platforms track for over 60 minutes before needing to be reset and run on 2 AAA batteries for 15+ hours of tracking.
The platforms are very lightweight and portable, made from durable anodized aluminum using high quality materials. The platforms can be easily folded up to fit into a small camping chair bag or suitcase for travelling.
The platforms are offered in two sizes and two weight limits. The Crossbow EQT-150SC weighs 14 pounds, has a 26″x25″ footprint and can handle most telescopes up to 150 pounds. The Crossbow EQT-225SC weighs 19 pounds, has a 28″x28″ footprint and can accommodate telescopes weighing up to 225 pounds.
The platforms are designed to be used in either the southern or northern hemisphere. The direction of the motor can be changed by reversing the connectors located inside the drive arm of the platform.
Wheel kits are available to allow a telescope to remain on the platform and stored when not in use. The entire telescope and platform can be rolled out and lowered off the wheels for use and easily rolled back for storage.
Each Crossbow equatorial platform is customized to the buyer’s specifications. The EQT-150SC is priced from $1250US and the EQT-225SC is priced from $1550US. Check out the Blandin Platforms website to learn more.