Tele Vue-85 Meade 8" SCT Nova Hitch Berlebach UNI 24 Meade 12" LightBridge Orion ED100 Losmandy GM-8 Orion SVP Quarter Hitch
Quote:I use a GM-8 on it (with the very nice Berlebach adapter). That's a pretty substantial thing to control in itself I have found, since the saddle is rather far from the RA axis. Mike
Quote:Wow, that's some load and the leg spikes are still showing... I've thought about trying to get those extra leg clamps, since one can watch the upper ends of the sliding legs vibrate when tapping the scope. It helps to kick each leg outward to put some additional lateral tension into the legs, this tends to force the upper ends inward and thereby restrain any vibration. I would expect the Planet to have a big advantage here since the sliding legs are so much wider.Mike
Quote:The Planet sounds about right. Any thoughts on the "Sky" which can hold a Lot more weight, weighs a little less but is a LOT more $?
Quote:I'm considering a Berlebach tripod for my Takahashi 4" refractor loaded with 6 lbs of Ha filters on the end. Who owns a Berlebach for a 17 lb+ refractor and what do you recommend? I found that the filters make a huge difference in the requirements for the tripod. So if you used a 4" refractor alone, the same tripod might not work for me.
TEC140 (#216) Leica 17.8...8.9mm ASPH Zoom also barlowed 1.5x/2.0x/2.5x with Baader VIP Modular Barlow WO UWAN 28mm Baader 2" Herschel Wedge with SolarContinuum filter AYO AltAz mount on a Berlebach UNI19 tripod (sold: Zeiss AOII set with Zeiss Abbe 2x Barlow, see Leica zoom vs. ZAOII)
Quote:Scott (and anyone else), can you comment some more on the Planet vs. the AP/Baader, which you described earlier as significantly more stable? My only direct comparison has been between the UNI24 I owned and the AP/Baader. I found the AP to be more stable (not unexpectedly) but the difference narrowed when the UNI24 was not extended (I also had double leg clamps on the UNI24).
I'm happy with the AP/Baader with a Mach1 and AP140 (same ballpark as 160 weight/length wise) for visual or non-demanding imaging but I don't extend the legs much. Just curious how you established the "significant" difference.
I've regretted selling my UNI24 and I know that a Planet will be in my future as my imaging demands grow (unless I go with a pier) but for now I'm fine tripod-wise.
Steve Clayworth CPC Deluxe 800 HD, Criterion Dynascope RV-6, Questar 3.5 Standard, Astro-Physics 130 EDT F/8, Tele Vue Pronto, G-11 Gemini Too many eyepieces
Quote:I agree. I set up my TEC 160 F/7 with Mach1 on my AP wooden tripod. With the legs extended so the eyepiece height was at a comfortable level for me seated the setup did not seem stable enough to me. Too much vibration at high power and I just did not feel comfortable that the mount was secure. Hard for me to explain but I decided I had to have something else. I considered the AP Eagle but I'd have to add Two of the extensions to get near where I needed the mount height for my visual observations. I found a used Losmandy HD with an extension that works fine. But after getting it together I don't think I can describe it as being portable. So, I am thinking again about something portable. The Planet sounds right and looks beautiful. At 25 pounds it is significantly heavier than the AP wooden tripod (18 pounds). The only thing that competes in terms of weight is the SKY. Yes it is very expensive. It compares more to the AP Eagle with two extensions price-wise. But the weight is under 20 pounds. That is nice.
Overall, as long as I feel the PLANET will do the job I am leaning very much toward it with its lower price and beautiful wooden appearance. I'll just have to deal with a little extra weight.
Thanks to everyone for this thread. I would not have thought of Berleback without it!
Quote:Doug. Beautiful set up!!
I ordered the 1/4 HH for my TV 85. I get the impression that you feel the UNI24 is good for your current setup. A couple of questions:
- Does the tripod need the additional clamps?
- If you had to buy today would you buy the 24 or the Planet if your 4" refractor was your only scope?
- Do you use the pictured setup in a grab and go, fast set up situation?
I have a TV 85 that I'll put on the quarter hitch. It is probably about a 10 kg total load, it seems that the 24 would be adequate for that rig. Would you agree?
_ if you were going to a TV 101, do you think the Planet would then be necessary?
Sorry for all the ?s, just don't want to feel I haven't done all I could to get informed before I write the check.