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#1 airscottdenning

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:05 PM

I'm trying to set up a very stable platform for 100 mm binos mounted on a Half-Hitch or similar mount. I have used wooden "surveyor's" tripods before and found them to be both too shaky and difficult to adjust in the vertical.

I'm looking for recommendations for a study tripod that can support such a heavy load, preferably with adjustable height to accommodate observers of different stature and objects at different elevations. I understand this might need to be pretty heavy, but portability is not that important to me for this. Maybe a portable pier with adjustable height?

Thanks for your advice!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

I just bought this:
https://www.garretto.../series5000.htm

It is sturdy and I believe even Shaq would be comfortable using it. It really gets up there in height. Or you can sit in a chair and use it. It's heavy, but it's not something you'd take on a hike anyway.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:31 PM

I use the larger Bogen tripods with UA mounts

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

The sturdiest I think is a Quickset Hercules. The price is absurd new, but they show up sometimes in EBAY for a fifth of their original price. Beware, I bought one a couple years ago and it never arrived, lost 600 dolars, so check the seller is at least known.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:10 PM

My Garrett's are on a Bogen tripod with a UA mount. My Fuji's are on a Sachtler video tripod. Overkill, to say the least and expensive, but very sturdy.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:46 PM

i have a manfrotto 028 (not sure of the bogen no) its very good, but the quickset are prob the best - though berlebach make some beautiful looking ones, the garrett 5000 is good for the price-but i would nt be pushing its limit either

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:57 PM

I'm all set with my Garrett, thank you. Best tripod I have ever owned, period.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:05 AM

I'm trying to set up a very stable platform for 100 mm binos mounted on a Half-Hitch or similar mount.



What kind of 100mm binoculars? Could make a huge difference in what you need.

I've owned and used 4 different 100mm binoculars. They ranged in weight from 11# to 26#. Just about any of the tripods recommended above will easily handle 11#. Most of them would not be able to support 26#.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

Thanks everybody for very helpful comments, and to EdZ for asking which binos. They are APM 100ED (16 #). If I add a half-hitch mount and finder (9 #), the weight on the tripod will be 25 #.

I see a Quickset Hercules on eBay for $500, and will probably go for that.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:51 PM

The quickset tripods are excellent and very sturdy.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:45 AM

I had the same problem using the APM-100 plus the other accessories which makes them almost 26# total.
I first bought Orion EZ-View which has 25# capacity on each side and It was indeed rock solid. The vibration was almost none and it was the per fact mount for me but looking at or close to 80 degree was not comfortable for me so I built a P-mount that can hold up to 50#.

The setup is perfect but because of P-mount nature; I can not eliminate vibration to zero second. It has 2 to 4 second vibration using 30x when touching or moving the binocular.

Overall, I am satisfied and I advice you to make one if you do not have or do not want to spend $600 or more on ua-mount.






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