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Rautospoon
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Advice on wooden tripod please.
      #4376031 - 02/10/11 08:40 AM

I live in the UK and am buying a WO Megrez 90 and a Tele-Optic Giro 3 mount with counterweight balance.

Could members recommend a good quality wooden tripod that would complement my "set up".

Would a Giro 3 mount "fit on" a WO wooden tripod without any "tinkering" (other than possibly the need for a "thread adapter") ?

Many thanks.


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Jim7728
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Re: Advice on wooden tripod please. new [Re: Rautospoon]
      #4376117 - 02/10/11 09:21 AM

My Giro 3 works best with a M-10 mounting bolt. It's female thread can accept a 3/8" male mounting bolt, but will be a looser fit. However, it should hold well once it is seated to the tripod base.

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Mark9473
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Re: Advice on wooden tripod please. new [Re: Jim7728]
      #4379290 - 02/11/11 04:02 PM

Odd; my 3/8" connection to a Manfrotto tripod is not a loose fit in any way.

About wooden tripods, the "rolls royce" are Berlebach.
They are rather expensive though, and personally I've been looking at Wolf tripods; this is a small company founded by a few people who used to work for Berlebach.

BTW unless you really want it, there's no need to use a counterweight on the GR3 with a scope like the WO90. It carries my APM 107 mm just fine.


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skybsd
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Re: Advice on wooden tripod please. new [Re: Mark9473]
      #4379333 - 02/11/11 04:22 PM

Hello,
I can second (and third) the suggestion for Berlebach.

ABSOLUTELY superb tripods - I use the UNIs and Reports for my Alt-Az UA UniStar Deluxe and SV-M2 mounts as my airline travel solution.

Oh - I'm in the UK as well

Regards,

skybsd


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dscarpa
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Re: Advice on wooden tripod please. new [Re: Rautospoon]
      #4379535 - 02/11/11 05:57 PM

I got a Sokkia tripod from Universal Astronomics for my Giro 3. It has my heavy as a stock C 11 C 9.25 and 22 lbs of counterweights on it and is very stable and damps well at high power. I paid $250 for a Demo, I think they were around $300 new. I paid $30 extra for a adjustable spreader which was a was a very nice upgrade. I have my WO EZ with IM715 mak and Voyager with WO ZS110 on Oberwerk tripods and they damp well and are stable. You can get one for under $200. The Oberwerk would not be heavy duty enough for my C9.25. The Giro will fit on the WO-Oberwerk tripod. David

Edited by dscarpa (02/11/11 06:02 PM)


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