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Which is sturdier Stabilock or Gibraltar ?

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#1 gatorengineer

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:58 AM

Wanted to ask which is sturdier a Televue Gibraltar or Stellarvue Stabilock... I am guessing the Stellarvue, just based on pics, but wanted to solicit opinions before $$.

#2 davidmcgo

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:05 PM

The legs on the Stabilock are really stout hardwood. The clamps blocks are thick aluminum plate. No comparison really. I use a Stellarvue TSL6 with the center pier with a DM6 and a 30# plus 8" Newtonian and it is extremely solid. Very nice tripods for the money.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:53 AM

Yep, I agree totally. Either the Stable-lock or the TSL6 are much more stable for all the reasons Dave mentioned. BIG difference in the size of the legs in comparison to the Gibraltar.


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:28 AM

Another vote for the Stablelock. Great tripod. The Gibraltar is a bit lighter and more easily portable, but as such doesn't have quite the load capacity.

That said, I rebuilt a Gibraltar using the head and replaced the legs with fixed length walnut/oak legs and an SV speader-locking assembly. This tripod performs extremely well on par with the Stablelock, but then it's also much heavier than the stock Gibraltar because of the much stouter legs.

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