“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
My little Agatha. You left too soon. My furry friends, past and present, are always with me.
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
It looks like the short version did not sell for binoculars. For an alt-az head, though, and a telescope, the standard and tall versions are too tall, and the shorty looks to be perfect. Figure the unextended height is 32" plus 10" to 14" for an alt-az head, and that should be about perfect of an SCT or apochromat.
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Binoculars: Miyauchi Saturn III - 33/39/50/71/150x100, WO 22x70ED, Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Pentax 10x50 PCF-V, 10x43 DCF-SP, 6.5x21 Papilio
Nikon 10x35 EII, 7x35 E, 8x30 EII, 8x23CF AS Diplomat
B&L 7x26 Custom
Scopes: C9.25, TMB130SS/FT, SV80S-LOMO 80/480
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:One thing that I think you need to keep in mind is the load that surveyor's tripods are designed to take. Having used them for their intended purpose, they are generally not used with equipment that is anywhere near as heavy as most astronomy equipment, much less a longer, heavier OTA. For truly light weight use they may be fine, but I would not risk anything heavy on one. The Oberwerk tripods are rated at 35 pounds and I would say that is the max for sure. There is a reason why heavy wood astronomy tripods are as expensive as they are.