Tripod suggestions for an EQ6 mount.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:08 PM
I'm in the process of thinking about getting a 6" F/8 refractor (about 20 pounds) and would like to mount it on my Skywatcher EQ6 mount. I'm sure the head can handle the scope, but I think the stock tripod may not be up to the task. I'm wondering what would be a good tripod to buy to sturdy up the mount. What adapters (if any) would be needed also.
The scope will be used for high resolution (F/30+) solar imaging.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:06 PM
For my mach1 I have a Rob Miller TRi36L. It's amazingly light (8lb.) and stable, I think it carries 300lb. I am not sure what adapter would be necessary but I'm sure you can find out from Rob directly. He can probably just make one for the Atlas.
I think people also use the Losmandy tripod, however that is way heavier.
Wood tripods can also be very stable. The Tak tripod that I have is super sturdy and it also looks good in my living room:)
Here are some options that someone else pointed out on another thread.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:34 PM
I know the RM is great, but a fully decked out one with the levelers comes close to the price of an Atlas
And I don't know what's the lead time on them right now.. I would guess 2 months at least since Rob is probably chasing a Christmas backlog, and it's holidays.
I haven't seen the Atlas tripod, but if it's similar to the 2" steel leg tripod of the CGEM, it would be very sturdy. A TPI Astro spreader would make it even more stable and at $225 is more palatable price-wise.
The other option is a Berlebach Planet, or the Binoscope Company tripod. Both well over $500 (in fact the Planet costs more than a Rob Miller, but it's wood if you like wood).
Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:00 PM
Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:09 PM
according to Ed (Deep Space Products) and others, a CGEM standard tripod with the TPI spreader is as rigid as the 3" tube CGEM DX tripod. I admit $225 (+$25 SH) for a spreader is pretty steep, but compared to the alternative of buying a new tripod, not so bad.
Of course you could rig your own spreader out of plywood or something, but the TPI looks great. And judging from your sig line, you love fine equipment.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:24 AM
Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:10 AM
Convention gives the nod to wooden legs over aluminum legs for damping, but wooden legs weigh a lot more.
A surveyors mount without a spreader can be awkward to carry as the legs will flop around in all directions, but with practice, it becomes pretty easy.
Surveyors tripods have spiked feet; check if you will ever use/store the tripod on flooring you care about.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:08 AM
Although I really cannot see how this surveyor tripod can do better than the stock Atlas / EQ6 tripod. I have a CGEM sitting right next to my surveyor tripod, and the CGEM tripod is far sturdier.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:31 PM
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:50 PM
Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:09 PM
The Atlas/EQ6 tripod is actually a pretty good tripod (especially when compared to the equivalent iOptron tripod). Adding an aftermarket spreader removes pretty much every bit of vibration as as far as load goes, you won't have any problem. There are some great aftermarket tripods, but you will end up spending 3 to 4 times as much for them.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:35 PM
Thanks again for all the valuable help!