Travel Mount for 3" Refractor?
Posted 22 May 2009 - 07:34 PM
Posted 22 May 2009 - 07:51 PM
Bogen 475 Tripod
Bogen 501 head
My personal grab'n'go setup consists of a Universal Astronomics Microstar mount on a Bogen 3046 tripod and it is light and easy to transport, although it is not suitable for carrying onto a passenger plane.
Posted 23 May 2009 - 02:43 AM
Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:33 AM
How about a DwarfStar by Universal Astronomics. It is only 1 pound and can carry up to 8 pounds.
Here are some info from their site:
â€¢ Light Weight
o 1 lb. (Rated for up to 8 lbs.)
â€¢ Quick Setup
â€¢ Compact Size (fits in the palm of your hand)
â€¢ Amazing Stability - No counterweights needed!
â€¢ Completely Waterproof
â€¢ Tension adjustment in both directions
â€¢ Eyepiece tray available
The DwarfStar Mount is the latest offering from Universal Astronomics offering superior portability and ease of use. Designed to fit most popular camera tripods (3/8-16 thread), at 1 lb it can carry 8-10 times its own weight. Its dovetail design accepts most narrow dovetail plates on the market as well as UA's Light and Medium Binocular adapters. An optional eyepiece tray that installs with a single clamp screw can carry up to 4 eyepieces, both 2" and 1.25" barrel.
The product retails for $149 + $7 shipping
There is a recent review by a CN member here:
Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:24 AM
you can put it on a poarable carry table for comforable.
viewing. The EQ1 mount is not rock solid but its decent for this type wight & size, but i dont have to carry a much heavier weighted scope & mount.
Besides i do most serious obsevering from home so if i can get to somewhere & take a decent complets scope all the better.
Yes it can go on a full height tripod as well just screw ther= nut on the bottom of mount & put it on the full triopd & tighten down its done.
Also the counter weight that comes with it is 7 or 8 lbs what you can do if you have a 80mm ST refractor they weigh 3 to 4 lbs buy another weigh like 4 to 5 lbs which is enough you dont have to use the one that comes with the scope, & that will lighten your load by 1/3.