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hudson_yak
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 11/15/07

Loc: Hyde Park, NY, USA
Re: TMB 130mm and Losmandy GM 8 Mount new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #3606314 - 02/05/10 10:34 AM

Yes, that looks like it would work pretty well, with the focuser knobs relatively close to the saddle. That is the big difference between the ED100 I used to use on mine and the TV-85 I use now. There wasn't much difference in weight between the two scopes, couple lbs maybe. Leverage was the issue.



Mike


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mountain monk
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Reged: 11/06/09

Loc: Grand Teton National Park
Re: TMB 130mm and Losmandy GM 8 Mount new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #3606915 - 02/05/10 03:20 PM

Thank you all for your comments. It sounds like the tripod is the weakest link. If you put the GM 8 in on a Berlebach UNI24 (say, or a UNI14) and restricted it to visual use---would that cut it? Would most of you be satisfied with that?

mm


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hudson_yak
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 11/15/07

Loc: Hyde Park, NY, USA
Re: TMB 130mm and Losmandy GM 8 Mount new [Re: mountain monk]
      #3607056 - 02/05/10 04:26 PM

Compared to the Losmandy LW tripod, I found the UNI24 to feel a bit stiffer in twist (rotation about the azimuth). Perhaps a little faster damping time, though certainly not what I had been hoping and been led to understand I'd get with a wooden tripod. Deflection while working the focuser with my ED100 was also not significantly improved.

I view standing up so used my LW tripod at full extension and even added additional 6" length with some wood inserts in the lower legs. I used the UNI24 at the same height.

I now think it would have taken the Planet tripod model to provide a significant improvement in stiffness over the LW, at least if you use them with legs extended a good bit.

Mike


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SteveC
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Reged: 06/15/06

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Re: TMB 130mm and Losmandy GM 8 Mount new [Re: mountain monk]
      #3607232 - 02/05/10 06:03 PM

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Thank you all for your comments. It sounds like the tripod is the weakest link. If you put the GM 8 in on a Berlebach UNI24 (say, or a UNI14) and restricted it to visual use---would that cut it? Would most of you be satisfied with that?

mm




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