Oberwerk surveyor or Gibralter Tripod?
Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:11 PM
I can't tell if the Oberwerk has lots of metal or plastic, my first Giro (now sold) came with a surveyor tripod which had lots of plastic and was very flimsy-cannot tell much about the build of the Oberwerk from pics available.
Most use will be with a Pronto and solar filter, occasional use with a fully loaded 5" refractor with the Pronto as a counterweight.
Any input is appreciated.
Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:43 PM
I've had the Oberwerk (two in fact) and they are very nice tripods. However, I also have the Gibralter and find that it is a better platform.
The connection between the hub and legs is much more solid with the Gibralter in that there is less twist especially when the tray is locked into position. That is, if you raise the tripod up on two legs and rock the leg in your hands side to side you get much less wobble and flex. This is a MAJOR test of tripod stability.
Although I haven't used the Giro (considering getting one) I use the Tak Teegul on the Gibralter tripod as well as the SV Stablelock with excellent results--the Oberwerk did not perform as well tho', it is still a nice tripod for fairly light applications.
My recommendation would be to try the Giro on the Gibralter and see how it worked for you. IMO, don't be quick to get rid of it! Unless you wanted to really beef up and get a big Berlebach, which of course would add some weight to your setup.
Hope this helps, but I'm sure you'll get other opinions!
Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:53 AM
Like Phil said, try the Gilbralter first. BTW, those $75 Oberwerk wooden BLEM tripods are still available at BigBinoculars.com if you still want to try that one.
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