tripod or pier under heavy binos and mount?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:05 PM
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!
Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:25 PM
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.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:47 PM
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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#.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:57 AM
I see a Quickset Hercules on eBay for $500, and will probably go for that.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:51 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:45 AM
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.