Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:46 PM
You were right, Jon, the tripod works fine as is. There's no such thing as too much stability, though. ;p
I got the scope Friday night and I have used it every night, albeit briefly due to cool temps.
Friday night was first light. This is not the forum for observation effusion, but I was elated.
Saturday night was a true sucker hole, barely had time to view M42 before it clouded up. But it would've clouded up while I was still aligning with my other mounts, so I'm not complaining. I had time to confirm that the mount is stable at 72x with 8.8ES 82, even on my 2nd floor deck. Things got a bit touchier with a Barlow, but The vibration was more due to the deck than the tripod/Mount.
And now the seller has sent me the original tripod, filled with "great stuff", gratis. I wish I were more handy, but I need to take a look at it and see if I can use its spreader. One thing I love about this wooden tripod is the ability to pick it up on my shoulder and walk out the door, so if it ain't foldin', it ain't happenin'.
I knew that wood has good damping characteristics (I even have loudspeakers with wooden cones), but didn't know it would be this good.
Let's just say, when it comes to my tripod, I've got wood.
Edit: P.S. Last night's 45 min. session courtesy of the Superbowl power failure!