Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:14 PM
They are available with several different heads to accept any standard mount available right now. Looks like the real deal. Prices are actually very realistic, about $700 for the Planet. Anybody use these?
Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:57 PM
The tripod + half pillar combination puts the eyepiece at a comfortable height. For the TEC 140 you need a taller tripod, so the Planet should be perfect. As an alternative, the UNI 18 is the same height as the Planet, but somewhat lighter and easier to transport.
When carrying the MN66 with accessories (13 kg/29 lbs), the UNI 8 is stable as a rock even without the accessory tray. I suppose the UNI 18 should be more than adequate for your SXD+TEC 140, but if you want overkill stability, pick the Planet.
Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:17 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:02 AM
Just a thought have you looked at the deal at http://www.bigbinocu...om/tradeins.htm for the Oberwerk
or Universal Astronomics heavy duty tripod which I have and is great.
They are all nice and the price is right but the load capacities are a little the low side. We are essentially talking about binocular tripods although the largest ones could definately be used. Also, I wonder what kind of heads are available for which mounts? What do you have mounted on yours?
The Berlebach Planet is rated at over a 200 lb capacity!
Even the lighter ones like in the picture above are rated in the 100 lb level. If there is any torsional flexure I do NOT think it will be the tripod!
Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:11 AM
I'm using a Berlebach UNI19 for my TEC140 for several years now with good success. The advantage of this particular tripod is the center column which enables a seated position for every altitude. Since it is not clearly seen on the pic: I do not use any counterweight. Together with VSP's it's rock-stable up to magnifications well in excess of 200x.
Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:58 PM
What mount head are you using with your setup?
I'm using the AYO mount (WO EZTouch).
Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:44 PM