Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:27 PM
Does somebody has information on the Berlebach tripods? They seem inexpensive to me.
Thanks in advance!!
Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:27 PM
I highly recommend them.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:35 AM
In the painful process of adjusting a telescope setup to the budget, I found that any item from american manufacture or distribution is really expensive in Europe. There are two kinds of cases: those in wich the american price in dollars is translated into the same price in Euros (For example, the scope I'm pondering, a TV 102) and those that, due to a smaller distribution, are HIGHER that the price in dollars (for example a Losmandy GM8 mount: $1492 from Losmandy (1075â‚¬), 1667â‚¬ from a known -and usually cheap- spanish dstributor ($2313). This forces to look for better alternatives for the items in wich the guarantee is less of a key factor. I mean: with these prices I can take a plane and buy a telescope in NY, but the guarentee of the optics will be void because I didn't bought it from the spanish distributor.
One of the ways to overcome this is to look for alternatives for the less essential pieces of the equipment. By "less essential" a mean items that can be found produced in Europe and without the import overcosts. The tripod is one of these.
Sorry for the long preamble: with these ideas in mind I was looking for a tripod that I could use with diferent mount heads, in use to lower the general costs of the equipment. For example, I can use one of those good-looking Berlebach tripods both with a tele-pod head (around 250â‚¬) and later with a GM-8 head. The only question is if they are equivalent to the original tripods. Some of the Berlebach models are in the order of 500â‚¬, others can be found by around 200â‚¬. IF the later is really an alternatve to the Gibraltar tripod it is really a good idea. But I can not find the load capacity of the original TV tripods.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 06:30 AM
IF the later is really an alternatve to the Gibraltar tripod it is really a good idea. But I can not find the load capacity of the original TV tripods.
I'm not familiar with the full line of Berlebach tripods but have owned a UNI-24, which is part of their Astro line. I have also owned a Gibralatar tripod. All I can tell you with respect to this tripod and the Gibraltar is that the UNI-24 is a superior tripod. The Gibraltar tripod is, of course, very nicely made but the Berlebach is simply better is terms of design and performance (i.e., rigidity, stability, damping). In fairness though, I think you might have to compare the Gibraltar tripod to a different Berlebach model that is not as heavy duty - my guess is that the rated capacities are quite different.
In terms of actual specifications, I believe that the TV wood tripods are made by KB Sytems and there might be some more detailed information here.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:09 AM
The prices in the KB site are much lower
Thank you very much