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SCT Semi-portable tripod for under $100

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:55 PM

SCT Semi-portable tripod for under $100

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:29 PM

That's awesome Gil!

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:08 PM

Well done Gil! Thanks for sharing!

Looks good with the Dynamax on it. You can say you've traded in your "golden pyramid" for a wooden one.

(Are you the Gil Violette who used to work at Criterion in the early 80's?

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

Very similar to one sold commercially in the 80's, by i think his name was Tutull or Titall. Sold after market stuff for C8's.

Here is one:


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:46 PM

Rodger Tutill (deceased) Isostatic mount

#6 Gil V

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:14 PM

Yes, I am one and the same. After all, how many Gil Violette's can there be?

I built the tripod after acquiring the Dynamax from another contributor to this site. He mentioned me in an article he had written, and the admins facilitated contact.

I sold my Dynamax a long time ago, figuring I could always build another one. The B & L acquisition crushed that dream, however. This scope is in remarkable condition for it's age, the optics are quite good, and I had enough spare parts to give it a tune up.

All in all, a happy end to a thirty year quest.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:18 AM

Gil, thanks for the idea. On the wheel subject, I think you could put two wheels on the top surface of the A-beams, close to the bottom of the beams. That way you could tilt the structure until the wheels come into contact with the soil and drive away, without sacrificing the stability when observing.

Another possible space-saving feature: finding a way to attach the A-beams to the hardwood so that they can be closed (joined together) for transport. Two curved slots on the hardwood plate might do the trick, along with a quick and effective way to partly undo and then tighten the big attachment bolts.

I may well do this for long focal length daytime photography, as well as telescope support. Thanks again for the tips.

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