Tripod Advice Needed
Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:43 AM
I'm trying to minimize my expenditures, so I'd appreciate your suggestions. I don't do a great deal of visual, and much of what I'd be doing would be limited to lunar/planetary plus an assortment of brighter DSOs.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 12:15 PM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 12:33 PM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:31 PM
Years ago, I used Teegul (Lapides Modified)on Berlebach UNI 15 (similar to the current UNI 14) with my Takahashi FS-78. That was a nice setup.
The Teegul handled the 3" scope very well, but tripod was the weak point, it was tippy when the scope is moving between two tripod legs (az motion).
I dont recommend Teegul for a ~20 lbs scope (with accessories attached) with a weak tripod. It may be useful if go for a heavy/higher capacity tripod. Since the scope is side mounted, tripod capacity will be cut in (~)half, so the heavy tripod will not be a grab and go setup.
Also look for a tripod with widest stance, so it wont be tippy. I believe Teegul handles your FSQ for low-power viewing when combined with a solid tripod.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:38 PM
Is there a way to connect the Lapides mount to a tripod from an Atlas EQ-G? I have one of those lying around because I use a pier for imaging. I wonder if that would be strong enough?
Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:57 PM
All you need is an adapter with a 3/8-16 Stud to attach it to the Teegul. I heard ADM makes custom adapters, you can check with them. Berlebach also makes adapters for various asro-tripods, but it will be expensive when we include the shipping charges from Germany.
Also, consider the tripod height if you prefer to observe seated or standing. FSQ is a short tube with good balance due to petzvel design. The balance may be little lower to the focuser side when you have diagonal and huge eyepieces. This is advantageous as the tube wont hit the tripod legs when observing near zenith. True zenith viewing is a pain as it is almost impossible to point your scope.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:38 PM