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#1 ngc 9999

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Hello,

I need suggestions about buying a tripod for my binoculars, enough to take the 3 lb of the binocular but not too costly. For the adapter I've decided on the Garrett metal adapter.

Thank you.

#2 Rich V.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

I'd suggest Garrett's 3000 tripod/head; it's nice and tall (78") plus it's relatively inexpensive. The less expensive Orion HD-F2 tripod they offer is a bit short (69.5") for many users though it does provide a geared column.

If you plan to add a 15x70 or even larger bino some day, the 5000 combo would be a better bet with the extra capacity, geared center column and adjustable spreaders for greater rigidity.

Binocular viewing requires more height than many "photo" tripods can provide; check the specs carefully.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

Does the Garrett 5000 work well? I am trying to decide on either a Orion paragon plus or the 5000. Since I have 15 x 70s and may want to move up I am thinking the 5000 is the way to go.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

The 5000 is a great tripod for the money. Very stout, smooth motions. It would handle 15x70s without a second thought.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

Thanks I can't handhold well enough. I also would like to get a 80 or 100 down the road. I keep learning as I go along. It looks like a nice mount and tripod on the site. I have a slik tripod for my small refractor and that works pretty good. The 5000 looks much beefier. Thanks again for your advice.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:12 PM

I would also advise using the 5000. It works wonderfully with the 15x70s. I use my GBT100s with it. Works wonderfully for those as well. Smooth action. Solid and sturdy. When I use on a grassy surface, damping time is a hair above a second with use for the 100s with the center section moderately cranked up. All controls are well placed and easy to operate in darkness.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

The 5000 is a great tripod for the money. Very stout, smooth motions. It would handle 15x70s without a second thought.

Do not need to say anymore and you got the best suggestion as everyone agreed on it

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:48 AM

Thanks for the advice. I will be getting one in the new year

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:12 PM

Yep the 5000 if you intend getting a 80 or 100mm glass, other things to consider are the bogen manfrotto 028,056,045/6
Bhhphtoto also seek a Davis sanford which is very similar spec wise to the 5000, it's still cheaper I think

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

daniel h,

Thank you for your suggestion, but I am not willing to get any binoculars so far. The next binocular that I'd be getting is the 22x85 but for that to happen I need about 10 to 15 years to reach the full potential of my binoculars, they are that good.

So for now an economical and temporal option is acceptable.






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