CLOUDY NIGHTS FORUM ARCHIVES
"Live Forums" can be found here: Live Forums


Equipment Discussions >> Mounts

Pages: 1
DSalters
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/03/07
Posts: 945
Loc: High Ridge, MO (St. Louis)
Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80
      #3009466 - 03/28/09 09:39 AM

I am looking for a lightweight but sturdy enough tripod for a potential Short Tube 80mm f/5 refractor that I would like to purchase. I will be building a simple alt-az mount for it that is similar to many available commercially.

I know that many of the lightweight aluminum tripods with extending legs that slide between other legs would be a lightweight solution but I want something less bulky.

Thanks in advance for your ideas!
Daniel

--------------------
Daniel Salters

Astro-Tech 72ED
Bushnell Voyager 6" Dob
10" f/4.2 Springsonian

"The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor." -1 Corinthians 15:41




Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Al Canarelli
Post Laureate


Reged: 12/06/07
Posts: 3339
Loc: Central New Jersey
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: DSalters]
      #3009613 - 03/28/09 11:00 AM

My guess is that there is not much available that is more light weight and compact than the telescoping aluminum tripod. Since you are only using a shorty 80mm, it will probably be more than enough if (and this is important) you add a means to put the tripod under tension. You can make your own tensioning device by looking at the pictures on my web page. If you should have any questions, contact me for help. www.alsastro.com

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DSalters
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/03/07
Posts: 945
Loc: High Ridge, MO (St. Louis)
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: Al Canarelli]
      #3011640 - 03/29/09 11:55 AM

Al, when you refer to the telescoping aluminum tripod, is there one that has cylindrical legs rather than two square tubes with one between them?

I find this one too bulky (although it would be adequate in stability) Square Aluminum Legged Tripod
I am looking for something more like this (but the tripod only, not the mount) Single Cylindrical Legs

The Sky View tripods Sky View Tripod look excellent and have the simple extending legs like I would want, but is likely too heavy and too large with steel legs for an ST-80. If there was something similar on the market with aluminum legs like this, I'd jump on it! I am not too familiar with tripods since I have always been a Dob user so I need some direction here...

--------------------
Daniel Salters

Astro-Tech 72ED
Bushnell Voyager 6" Dob
10" f/4.2 Springsonian

"The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor." -1 Corinthians 15:41




Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Al Canarelli
Post Laureate


Reged: 12/06/07
Posts: 3339
Loc: Central New Jersey
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: DSalters]
      #3011914 - 03/29/09 02:01 PM

Daniel,

When I made a reference to telescoping aluminum tripod, what I had in mind was the first link you showed...Square Aluminum Legged Tripod. The Sky View tripods are a superior design and are much more rigid than the Square Aluminum Tripod. However, the Square Aluminum tripod is much lighter in weight and will be far more rigid with a tensioning device (such as the Leg Locker shown on my web page) and will rival the performance of the much superior Sky View tripod.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jim7728
Postmaster


Reged: 04/10/05
Posts: 7284
Loc: Stoop Landing Observatory, NYC
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: DSalters]
      #3012345 - 03/29/09 05:22 PM

Probably more bulky then what you're looking for, but alot of us have been happy with it.

Oberwerk Wooden Tripod - Blems

Cheaper one here.

#882 telescope tripod

If telescoping legs are crucial, then a Bogan 3001 or similar maybe what you are looking for.

--------------------
<Jim>15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66
Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DSalters
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/03/07
Posts: 945
Loc: High Ridge, MO (St. Louis)
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: Jim7728]
      #3012774 - 03/29/09 08:46 PM

Yes, the Bogen 3001 does look much like what I am looking for. Bogen seems to have a ton of different but very similar looking tripods. How do these compare in price with similar tripods of other brands?

--------------------
Daniel Salters

Astro-Tech 72ED
Bushnell Voyager 6" Dob
10" f/4.2 Springsonian

"The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor." -1 Corinthians 15:41




Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
mwedel
Works with Sauropods


Reged: 12/16/07
Posts: 807
Loc: Claremont, CA
Re: Telescoping Legs Tripod for ST-80 new [Re: DSalters]
      #3031418 - 04/08/09 06:31 AM

Hi Daniel, nice to see you out here again. ;-)

I am not sure whether your ultimate concern is light weight, or the ability to fold up to a small size, or cost, or some combination of the above. But here are some thoughts anyway.

I recently bought a Manfrotto 190CXPRO 4 for my 90mm Mak, and it is very stable yet folds up very small. Of course, it was also not cheap. I found the Manfrotto website to be pretty useful for navigating through the various tripods they offer. They have a system of little icons that tell you max extended height, closed length, weight of tripod, max weight it can support, and so on. A good place to start is here.

Another possibility would be a cheap survey tripod from Lowe's or Home Depot, I believe you can pick one up for $50-80.

However, the coolest thing I've seen in tripods lately, and the one most likely to appeal to your ATM instincts, is this one made from wooden crutches!

Keep us posted on your tripod adventures...good luck and clear skies.

--------------------
My club: Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers

My blog: 10 Minute Astronomy

Free logbooks for AL observing clubs

My skies:


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1


Extra information
0 registered and 133 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Charlie Hein, lineman_16735 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 530

Jump to

CN Forums Home



Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics