Berelebach Planet up to carrying an A-P 900?
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:47 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:07 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:42 PM
I note however that Astro-physics is selling the Berlebach so maybe you should call them. But to my mind the Berlebach is a G11/FS128 type of mount. Or Mach 1.
I will likely by the g11 tripod head adapter which allows you to put an AP900 on a Losmandy HD. That I am interested in trying. Since my Berlebach has the G11 adapter already it could by definition then be used with the same AP piece to hold the AP900.
But I've no intention of doing that. My interest in the AP900 is either the HD tripod or the ATS pier for which it is already suited.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:56 AM
Unfortunately there's a serious "upgrade" on the price tag, too. (About three times the price).
Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:55 AM
The title says it all. Is the Berelbach Planet tripod sturdy enough to handle an A-P 900 and a typical A-P 900 sized payload (i.e., a C14 or big 6-7" APO OTA)?
For visual use, if you can withstand some or occasionally a lot (depending on the moment arm of the load and wind direction, etc) of jitter, shake, vibration when focusing or in breezy conditions then the answer is "maybe".
For imaging use the answer is quite simply "no".
I second what Joe said, get a light weight TRI36M or a much heavier ATS. I personally think the Rob Miller TRI36x series of tripods are the best thing out there with the exception of variable height adjustment but what do I know. I have only owned and used ATS (1), Astro-Physics portable piers (2), Berlebach (2), EQ6 (1 - never, ever again), Gitzo carbon fiber (2), PWT Monolith (1), and Rob Miller tripods (2). Used with suitable TAK SPIII, AP400, Mach1GTO, AP900, AP1200 mounts both for visual and imaging with a variety of telescopes. I still have the mounts but I am down to what I consider to be the absolute best tripods when considering all the specifications, the Gitzo Carbon Fiber for up to the AP400 with 5" refractor mainly for visual use but also good for solar imaging, and Rob Miller tripods for all night-time use. I have to say that the PWT Monolith is the most physically robust and beautiful tripod I ever owned, but it also weighed in at 55 over pounds and I just got tired of carting it around. It replaced my ATS tripod which was physically just as massive but didn't have the "presence" of the Monolith in my opinion. The Rob Miller tripods weigh in at 15 pounds for the TRI36M, look great, and give up almost nothing in terms of overall performance. I am in no way related to or part of Rob Miller's enterprise. I just know it is good stuff.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:25 PM
I own one and although I think the rating of the tripod says "yes" my personal answer is "no."
I also own one and would not use an AP900 with it. I have an ATS pier that has handled an AP900. But for the BerleBach Planet, I think the G11/Mach1 class mount would be the most I would consider putting on the tripod.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:02 PM
Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:28 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:21 PM
The Planet is my second Berlebach tripod, and both times (my first order was about 10 years ago) the company has been very flexible and pleasant to work with when discussing various options and alternatives.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:35 AM
I can't comment on the load capcity of a Berlebach Planet - I've only had a bit more than 20 kg or so on mine, but I do agree on the stock leg angle. Which is why I ordered mine with a wider stance.
Yes exactly. I have the stock tray which does not provide a very wide stance. And, neither does the Berlebach spreader I have. I ordered the large triangular tray which does provide an ample spread of the legs leading to a very strong, very stable platform in which to mount a telescope. But even so, I would not put an AP900 on it.
Like you, I have had an excellent experience going directly to Berlebach.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:35 AM