Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80
Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:39 AM
I know that many of the lightweight aluminum tripods with extending legs that slide between other legs would be a lightweight solution but I want something less bulky.
Thanks in advance for your ideas!
Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:00 AM
Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:55 AM
I find this one too bulky (although it would be adequate in stability) Square Aluminum Legged Tripod
I am looking for something more like this (but the tripod only, not the mount) Single Cylindrical Legs
The Sky View tripods Sky View Tripod look excellent and have the simple extending legs like I would want, but is likely too heavy and too large with steel legs for an ST-80. If there was something similar on the market with aluminum legs like this, I'd jump on it! I am not too familiar with tripods since I have always been a Dob user so I need some direction here...
Posted 29 March 2009 - 01:01 PM
When I made a reference to telescoping aluminum tripod, what I had in mind was the first link you showed...Square Aluminum Legged Tripod. The Sky View tripods are a superior design and are much more rigid than the Square Aluminum Tripod. However, the Square Aluminum tripod is much lighter in weight and will be far more rigid with a tensioning device (such as the Leg Locker shown on my web page) and will rival the performance of the much superior Sky View tripod.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:46 PM
Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:31 AM
I am not sure whether your ultimate concern is light weight, or the ability to fold up to a small size, or cost, or some combination of the above. But here are some thoughts anyway.
I recently bought a Manfrotto 190CXPRO 4 for my 90mm Mak, and it is very stable yet folds up very small. Of course, it was also not cheap. I found the Manfrotto website to be pretty useful for navigating through the various tripods they offer. They have a system of little icons that tell you max extended height, closed length, weight of tripod, max weight it can support, and so on. A good place to start is here.
Another possibility would be a cheap survey tripod from Lowe's or Home Depot, I believe you can pick one up for $50-80.
However, the coolest thing I've seen in tripods lately, and the one most likely to appeal to your ATM instincts, is this one made from wooden crutches!
Keep us posted on your tripod adventures...good luck and clear skies.