TV-85 f/7 ♦ ED100Sf f/9 ♦ NP127is f/5.2 ♦ ES ED152CF f/8 ♦ 6” SCT f/10 ♦ 8” SCT f/10
Panoramic ♦ Gibraltar5 ♦ GP2 ♦ GPD2 ♦ SXW ♦ GM8 ♦ G-11
Omni 150 Newtonian on CG-4
ES 127 ED triplet f/7.5 on GPD2
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
I use a HAL130. The maximum vertical leg length from the top plate is 51.5 inches. Straight down from the top plate is 46 inches.
I use the HAL130 with the GPD2 so I did not make any measurements from the dove-tail saddle.
Hope this helps.
Quote:I purchased the HAL130 in August of 2012.
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I purchased a Vixen SXG-HAL 130 four months ago. I got it for one of my Porta mounts. It is a very nice tripod. It is in another state (I'm moving). I am going to Wisconsin with another carload of stuff in a couple of days and if I can get to it, I would be happy to take some measurements.
It may be the same as what BoldAxis1967 measured. I purchased mine separately from OPT.
I'll let you know what I find out.
You're welcome for the input. I started out in astronomy as an ATM, and tend more towards tinkering, but with two kids under 10 now, my free time is in short supply, so I am learning buy stuff that 'just works' without modification.
Thanks for the feedback on the GM-8 tripod, this seems a little short for my needs. Plus the whole package is rather heavy for the payload spec, so this will go to the bottom of the list, is not off entirely.
Yes, some of the nicer wood tripods cost more than the mount head, but there is likely a reason (aside from looks ). That said, you are correct in thinking that many of these are meant for much higher-end mount heads (e.g. the Berlebach Planet for the A-P Mach1).
Please report back on how well the GP2/HAL130 combo works out for you in terms of height & stability with the ED100sf. I think it should work great, given how light the scope is. And if that is the case, I may need to reconsider this option. From what I've heard, you don't _have_ to use the Vixen drives on it (e.g. Meade LXD 55/75 motors fit with just a shorter mounting bolt or two). Hopefully I can make a decision and save up the dough before the deal ends.
Quote:I bought a SX half pillar to use my Porta head on my HAL 130. It works but the pillar is not as ridged as it would be on the flat top SX tripod. The pillar was $250. I should have bought the SX tripod instead for the Porta. The pillar is made to work on the old HAL 130 but at a compromise due to the fact that the old HAL has a smaller flat area and the pillar just contacts on three ribs on it's underside. On the SX it would contact across the whole base. So the pillar is heading to the sale table at my next star party.