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#1 mmalik

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 02:58 AM

I am looking for a decent tripod tray solution (sometime referred to as battery tray, although I wouldn't be using it for battery per se, rather as a general purpose holding area for a mobile setup); I have looked at this...; I am wondering what other options are out there? Let's get to know the good ones. Please post pics of your shelving solutions for tripods, bought or custom built. Regards

#2 Raginar

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:21 AM

You could let the battery hang from the center via a rope to help pull the tripod down. Might make you a little more stable.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:27 PM

The TPI spreader/tray is excellent. In fact the only bad thing I can say about it is that it seems strange to have an AP/Takahashi quality-level piece of kit on my humble Atlas mount. ;)

My further thoughts on it: http://uncle-rods.bl...cle-rod-atla...

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

Agree with Unk on the TPI gear. That Spreader / Tray is an absolute work of art, and it makes the stock tripod remarkably stable.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 02:43 PM

My TPI spreader also worked extremely well with the I-Optron IEQ45 Legs effectively turning the somewhat non rigid tripod with the all the rigidity of a pier.

#6 Bill Cowles

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:29 PM

I just rest my battery on the TPI spreader. :smirk:

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#7 Bill Cowles

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:32 PM

I use a 12" pie pan, works great and was cheap.

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#8 Bill Cowles

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:35 PM

Thanks to your review of the TPI spreader, went an ordered one, great upgrade and even though I didn't order the try, still strong enough to support my battery, Thanks Uncle Rod. :waytogo:

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:45 PM

16 inch polyethylene cutting board.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:05 PM

Plastic water softener tank lid with 2" lip. Free, waterproof, flexible.

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#11 Bill Cowles

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:34 PM

I think I like this better than my pie pan, bigger. :waytogo:

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:43 PM

I use a 12" pie pan, works great and was cheap


Bill, what make of tripod is that? It's quite nice looking!
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#13 Bill Cowles

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:09 PM

It's a highly modified Oberwerks,with an ES Twilight head, made by a friend of mine, who has stated 2 is enough. :grin:

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:17 PM

The original legs and how they attach to the mount, with his update in ash, real craftsmanship!

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#15 Lew Chilton

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

I just purchased a 14" aluminum cake pan and am screwing it to the center of my Wheeley Bar. My Celestron Power Tank, hockey puck vibration pads and misc. tools should fit in it nicely.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:24 PM

:waytogo:

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 01:37 PM

I ran some threaded rod down through the center of my G11 semi-pier, then attached a 16-inch pizza pan. Adhesive-backed felt provides a non-skid surface.

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#18 Phillip Easton

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:11 PM

I have the TPI spreader and tray and would not have a tripod without them. If you just got the spreader you might consider making a tray out of something like this.

www.homedepot.com/p/Kimberly-Bay-1-in-x-17-3-4-in-Edge-Glued-Rounds-ZPRLR0118...

Cheers!

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:32 PM

Awesome Phil!

I'm thinking this would be a good investment for mine.

And thanks for all your tips on the iEQ45!!!!!!!

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:11 PM

Here's a simple bit if plywood ... works fine. :D

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#21 Dan Finnerty

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

Here's a simple bit if plywood ... works fine. :D


Wow, that is a nice piece of workmanship. I have an 18" plywood round that I turned into swiss cheese with 1.25 and 2 inch eyepiece holes. But it is just a hunk of wood, functional but utilitarian...

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:03 PM

Given how reasonably priced the TPI tray is, and useful, it's hard to say the crawfish tray on my C5+ tripod is "better".

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#23 Bill Cowles

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:35 PM

Might not be better, but I think it beats my 12" pie pan. I just checked Amazon and they had a Crawfish pan that was bigger diameter and looks like a bigger lip and even cheaper. :waytogo:

Bill






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