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#1 orlyandico

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

I'm looking at this tripod to use with a Mach1. It would carry at most a C9.25

I know Rob Miller Tri36L costs not much more and is rated 200+ lb while the Uni 8 is only rated 110 lb. But... the Uni 8 is wood and I assume more resistant to dings. And it collapses down to 2' long.

Any Berlebach Units users can comment? I don't want to spend a lot on the mount and end up with a shaky tripod...

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

The Planet seems to be the one everyone recommends, even AP offers it at their website for the Mach1GTO. UNI 8 seems to be a bit light for that mount head.

http://www.astro-phy...iers.htm#awtber

Looking to get the Planet tripod for my Discmount 6.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

I have heard about the Planet but the "transportation length" is 38 inches, vs 26 inches for the Uni.

So it is bulky, and at that point the Rob Miller Tri36L (which also has non-collapsible legs) becomes a more attractive alternative.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

I can tell you from experience that the Planet is a hell of a tripod. With a larger plate, elephants could have intercourse on it... :roflmao:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:33 PM


I do have Uni 15 and Planet. There is no comparison. Uni series is suitable for small refractors and mounts.

One negative about Uni series is, the stance is not wide. It is easy to tip the tripod with a 3" refractor on Teegul mount.

Planet has a wider stance and is more suitable for Medium duty GEMs like Mach1 GTO.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

:elephdance: :elephdance: :funny:

Okay... I keep reading about the Rob Miller Tri36L, but can't find out much from his site.

http://www.catamountsystems.com/

Is he in business anymore?

Does look like a good option for the OP.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

Planet can carry 220 Lbs...that is probably why it is called Planet!
I really think there is no better dempening material than wood...
But again: I am a bit biased.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

There used to be something in between the Uni and the Planet (not made by Berlebach) that AP called the "AP wood tripod." From what I saw at some events with our astronomy club, it worked fine with the Mach 1. Lighter than a Planet, but probably a bit more substantial than a UNI.

They may not sell them anymore, but it might be available on the used market.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

I think that was possibly the Baader hardwood tripod that would be between the Uni and Planet.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:13 AM

That's the Baader. It wasn't too stable, so a Lapides spreader was also made for it.

The Lapides spreader was $650 new, and add to the price of the Baader tripod, used examples still command $800 to $1000. There is one right now on the other site for $1000.

Given that a Rob Miller Tri36L is only $600 without the levelers (which the Berlebachs and Baader don't have anyway)... the AP/Lapides tripod is not good bang for the buck unless you really like wood.






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