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#1 baileyman



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Posted 05 March 2011 - 02:08 PM

Can someone please tell me the best tripod solution and necessary hardware for a Discmounts DM4? I have one already so this is what I will be using.

I will be primarily using it for a TV85, once in a while at 200x but most nights at 150x or so. I have heavy, 2" eyepieces but no binoviewer.

I would like it stable but lightweight as possible (I know, there is a tradeoff). If possible, I would like an adjustible center column as that seems very handy. Sliding legs is a no compromise requirement, thats why I dont like the tripod that Discmounts sells. Manfrotto or Berlebach tripods are rated high, but which one of their models should I be focusing on. I would want the tripod to weigh <9-10LBS at a MAXIMUM, hopefully less.

Oh, and one last thing - Where is a place to purchase where they would be familar with what I'm trying to do?

Thanks alot, it has been somewhat frustrating to find this out, any help is appreciated.


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Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:43 PM

Hi Chris, You might check with Stellarvue as they say that their tripods can be modified for various mounts including DiscMounts. I'm envious that you have a DM4. I want one too!


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#3 JMW


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Posted 05 March 2011 - 11:26 PM

I use a Gitzo 5541LS with a DM4 and Stellarvue SV115T and it is very solid. No adjustable center column but very compact and light. Not cheap but it is my favorite travel setup. I use the DM4 8 inch extension to keep the scope away from the legs at the zenith. I don't think you will find a lighter setup that is anywhere close to being this rock solid. When I don't care about weight I use a DM6 on a Berlebach Planet.

#4 variable111


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Posted 06 March 2011 - 09:29 AM

The best tripod for the best mount: Gitzo GT5531S Carbon Fiber for Discmount DM4.


Maximum Height 133 cm
Leg Sections 3
Minimum Height 16 cm
Weight 2.7 kg
Center Column No center column
Closed Length 63 cm
Load Capacity 25 kg

Solid & light (& expensive)

#5 Bill Possel

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:23 AM

I'm using the Berlebach UNI 19C. You have to order them from Germany and they are expensive but worth it. Here are the specs -

Light-metal mounting head with geared centre column and circular bubble. Centre column length is 50 cm (39 cm adjustment range). Helical gearing on the centre column acts as an automatic column brake. Mounting plate diameter is 77 mm. With leg spread stops at 20°, 35°, 55° and 80°. The maximum height given below are that at an 20° leg spread and with the centre column fully extended.
- Weight: 7,10 kg = 15,65 lb.
- Transportation length: 97 cm = 38 inch
- Minimum height: 53 cm = 21 inch
- Maximum height: 179 cm = 70 inch
- Load capacity: 20,00 kg = 44,09 lb.
- Vibration damping: extremely good

I don't know how it compares to the Gitzo. Here's a picture of my setup -

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#6 GlenM


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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:39 AM

I have two Manfrotto 028's. Nice and light to carry,geared centre column and sliding leg set up. I love these tripods.
I use mine with a 503 HDV and DSV-1 for mounting scopes and binoculars.

I think Garrett Optical sells a series 5000 tripod which is similar to the 028.

#7 baileyman



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Posted 06 March 2011 - 11:20 AM

Thanks one and all. I will check out both the gitzo's and the berlebach. What type of mounting plate is necessary for Gitsmo's, if any?

Bill, (nice scopes by the way, Bill and Jeff!) it looks like the base of the mounting head on the column attaches directly to the base of the DM4, with its 3/8"-16 opening.
I'm looking at their website to see if they have alittle smaller/lighter version of the "UNI19C". My scopes are a TV85(new) and a 4" Vixen that I will be using, although my new scope will be used much more, I think.


#8 baileyman



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Posted 06 March 2011 - 11:21 AM

You too glenn

#9 Bill Possel

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 11:24 AM

Thanks Chris.

Berlebach has excellent customer service. They are good with email also.


#10 Wayne W.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:49 PM

You might also check the Sanford and Davis Pro Lift "A" Tripod with Spike Feet. I have an older one and like the various adjustments that can be made to it. Very solid tripod.

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