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#1 Jim7728

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:02 PM

Just a heads up on good deal for a solid medium duty tripod with 3/8" stud for $75 plus shipping.

http://www.bigbinocu...om/tradeins.htm

These are blem tripods and mine does have a small sealed split and signs of wood filler, but finish feels smooth and just as solid as rest of tripod.

Also picked up a Bogan 128RC fluid head which I intended for a travel tripod, but was curious to see how it looked on the Oberwerk. ;)

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:04 PM

Closeup of blem.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:42 PM

Thanks for the heads up Jim. I just ordered one...

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:59 PM

Mine arrived today too. Got the same tripod and head. Put my TV Ranger ( which just came Friday ) on it, set it outside just before dusk. Thought I'd get a quick look at Jupiter to try things out. The clouds rolled in and it started snowing ! :bawling: It figures, three new items ... it will probably be poor skies for me for a month !

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the Blem deal, I just opened mine up and have yet to find the blemish/s, but maybe my standards are too low.
I needed a sturdy tripod for photograghy and maybe build some mods so it will fit the Voyager head, also the e/p tray for the Voyager/Portamount fits this like a glove.
I think I'll make and stain a nice Appleply or Baltic Birch tray to match the tripod
Also got the Bogen 501HDV head to round out the purchase.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:41 PM

I think I'll make and stain a nice Appleply or Baltic Birch tray to match the tripod



That's going to look sharp. :cool:

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:57 PM

With the mod I'll make to use the Voyager and or Porta's head on this tripod will really be a good deal as this tripod just might be a tad more sturdy than the one GTO makes and has been used for these mounts and at this price I had to have one.
The trays I'll make will hopefully have a side or rim so stuff won't roll off and no holes should it be used for other purposes and then have seperate one for eyepieces as well.
I'll be stopping by the local wood dealer on Monday to pick up some material<G>
Like Curly said,,, I can hardly wait.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 11:00 PM

How does that tripod compare to that voyager tripod?

I might be interested if it can be sturdy enough for a EM10 Tak mount. I will have the stock tripod but would not mind having a spare and for 75 smacks, I can live with it.

Plus, what was the shipping on it to NYC or Flatlandia?

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:39 AM

Oberwerk is in Ohio. Shipping for the tripod to me in Wisconsin was $13.

I have gotten mine out under the stars a number of times now and like it alot. Very sturdy. The blems are not very noticeable and the unit is still attractive also. At $75 plus shipping, it was money well spent. I also had a head shipped along with it and there were no added shipping charges to do that. I ordered over the phone toll free and service was friendly and helpful.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:41 AM

Shipping to NYC was a very reasonable $15.

Don't know about the EM-10 head being able to mount on the base plate with the 3/8" stud without some kind of mod.

I was able to mount a Giro 3 using an extra Tripod 3/8" Adapter and swapping the 3/8" stud with a metric bolt. Had to do a little filing to accommadate the larger metric M10 bolt.

Gives me a lighter tripod option for the Giro which was previously on a CG-5 tripod with SVP extension. ;)

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 11:25 AM

Why wait till Monday when I had some nice enough plywood to make a tray today.
I "just" happened to have stain that was "almost" the same as tripod legs so here it is.
Just need to go get some cheap foam brushes to put the poly on.
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Posted 23 November 2008 - 11:43 AM

Looks good, Manny. :coolnod:


Now get that poly coat on! ;)

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 03:26 AM

I just got one of these and it's very nice. Only "blem" I could find was a slight (1/32" deep) indentation about 3 inches long on one of the legs where it slid up against something harder. For better than 1/2 off, I'll live with it. :grin:

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:27 AM

I still have not found the blem on mine.
When I got it, the delivering agency who's name I will not disclose already had several large holes in the box so theres no way I would know IF any damage to the tripod was the blem or their handiwork.

It's a heck of a deal for something that will happen to the tripod any way, unless one keeps it as a museum piece.
I already made some adaptor plates for my various mounts to fit to tripod.
Below is the tray I made, flat top with sides to keep my stuff from falling off.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:58 AM

Sweet! :bow:

I'm in the process of ordering a Oberwerk 100mm Binocular Tripod Pier Extension and will try to convert it for use with my Telepod or Giro 3 alt/az head.
I'am hoping the extra height will allow some of my telescopes to clear the Oberwerk wooden tripod legs when pointing near zenith. ;)

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:28 PM

Manny,

Nice job on the sides. Don't see any kerfs, did you have to steam it to get the bend? Also don't see fasteners. What glue did you use? Thanks.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:57 PM

Hi Dennis,
Right now its a friction fit, cut the hoops last night and stained them and slid them together for the shot.
I have to put the poly on as well.
Have yet to determine how I will attach the hoop to the flat.
Can't give away all my secrets<G>
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

I'm in the process of ordering a Oberwerk 100mm Binocular Tripod Pier Extension and will try to convert it for use with my Telepod or Giro 3 alt/az head.
I'am hoping the extra height will allow some of my telescopes to clear the Oberwerk wooden tripod legs when pointing near zenith. ;)


Worked!,after some mods and a trip to the hardware store.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 09:32 AM

Looks very nice there Jim,,, what scope is that on there?
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:32 AM

Thanks Manny. Scope is a TV Genesis SDF.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:45 PM

What is the size of the Oberwerk "tray" screw hole? it looks less then 3/8.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:54 PM

What is the size of the Oberwerk "tray" screw hole? it looks less then 3/8.

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The center hole(s) in the spreader on the legs?

1/4" in the center and on the 3 spreader bars. Those Vixen/Synta triangular accessory trays can attach through those holes.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:24 PM

Interesting.

How well would the 501HDV head on that tripod work as a mount for one of my larger refractors? I assume the head can be looked down. Can one point towards zenith? And if so, what adaptor would I need to hook a dovetail plate to the mount head?

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:29 PM

Jim,
That's the one. Is it 1/4-20 size?

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:15 PM

Interesting.

How well would the 501HDV head on that tripod work as a mount for one of my larger refractors? I assume the head can be looked down. Can one point towards zenith? And if so, what adaptor would I need to hook a dovetail plate to the mount head?


Pointing towards zenith with long ota tube would require a extension or elevating type column to avoid contacting tripod legs. Bogan 475 tripod would be a good match with the 501 head. The head would have a 1/4"-20 bolt on the quick release shoe and could attach to the 1/4" threaded hole of the dovetail. May not be the best way to go with a heavy refractor.






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