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#1 AZStarGuy

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 05:29 PM

Anyone ever mount their 80 or 90mm grab & go's on a Bogen 501 or 701 HDV series head? Are there any drift or balance issues when viewing 150X + or switching EPs?

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

Hi Ron,

I've used my Meade 80mm with a 501 HDV with a Baader Zoom (60x w/o barlow, 120x w/ barlow). I do perform a rough balance so that I'm able to perform fine adjustments to the view when I'm at high power. Also in my case, I'm using a CF tripod, so that may be contributing factor.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 12:13 AM

Hi Ron,

.You might want to ask this same question on the Binocular forum some of the members are using the 501 for holding the GBT 100/45 which requires changing two ep's.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 10:24 AM

Anyone ever mount their 80 or 90mm grab & go's on a Bogen 501 or 701 HDV series head? Are there any drift or balance issues when viewing 150X + or switching EPs?



I've used my AT66ED, C6 SCT, and a pair of 15x70 binoculars on the Bogen 501HDV (not at the same time, of course :smirk: ). It handled all of them with no problems as far as drifting. I think the Bogen 501 on the 475B geared tripod was one of my best equipment choices. It's very versatile and sturdy.

Having said that, I don't use it much with the C6 SCT and at higher magnifications simply because it doesn't have the precision of movement I like at that power. To be fair, I don't think any fluid heads will give that kind of control.

As far as using an 80 to 90mm refractor as a grab and go setup, I think it should work very well. I use mine with the AT66ED every once in a while, although that scope is a little aperture deprived.

My most used setup with that combo is with the 15x70 binoculars. Very...very sweet. I can go all the way from horizon to zenith and keep my eyes in the exact same position with the 475B geared tripod and 501HDV setup.

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#5 AZStarGuy

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 10:39 AM

That 475B is slick! I am looking at mounting it on the Oberwerk HD Surveyor. My only hesitation is for those nights I'm playing with higher ppowers ~150x and up for globs, doubles and planets when seeing supports, will I be frustrated with the "fine" tracking movements.

I suspect as always that balance is key, but once that is achieved, is there backlash or drift when attempting to center objects.

I hadn't considered this head - I was leaning towards a WO EZ Touch on the tripod, but have been offered a decent deal on the 501 or 701 combo. Gave me pause for thought...

Keep the responses coming! Good stuff!






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