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#1 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:32 AM

Dear all,

I'm thinking about getting a TeleVue Telepod Tripod for my TV85.

I understand my panoramic mount will fit. True?

I'll keep using the panoramic mount most of the time, but I'm wanting that little bit extra compactness for certain trips. I am aware that TeleVue don't recommend it for the TV85... but are stability problems very bad, or just not as good as the heavier mounts?

I'd appreciate any feedback, especially from those who have used this combo.

Thankyou :)

#2 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:33 AM

PS I'm also happy to be redirected to previous discussions (preferably with a link)... but I can't find them so far!

#3 Scott Beith

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:12 AM

I used it with my SV AT1010N which weighed more than a TV85 and it worked well.

http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=1805


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#4 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:23 AM

Thanks Scott,

a few more positive replies and I reckon I'll go for it.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:25 AM

Realize I always observe on the grass and I seat the legs into the ground by pushing down hard on the mount when I set it up. Worked great for me.

#6 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:43 PM

Thanks again Scott.

Not sure if I should have asked this question on the refractor forum?

I have discussed this briefly with Edwin Q, who does use this combination. He noted that it can be shakey at higher magnifications, but is less of a problem if the tripod is fully retracted.

#7 Edwin Quiroga

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 07:26 PM

Hi Zuben!

I'm a sort of "guerilla astronomer" and I like so much to take my powerful TV85 for very exotic -and dark- sites. And the Telepod is a good companion. The Telepod is a nice mount and if you are conscientious of its limitations and if you already have a Panoramic tripod, go for it.

#8 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:10 AM

Thankyou again for your input. I will go for it.

Clear & exotic & dark skies to you!

#9 Renae Gage

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:31 PM

Sometimes a little less stability is an acceptable trade off for portability. I wouldn't try the telepod as a permanent mount, but I have a friend who has used that combination (on a Manfrotto tripod) with some success.

#10 Zuben el Genubi

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 06:00 AM

Thanks Eric.

It won't be my mount / tripod of choice, but sometimes there is less choice... and it sounds defintely better than nothing (when I really need portability).






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