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donjoy
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Ioptron tripod new
      #5636743 - 01/22/13 11:58 AM

HI; I have a Ioptron telescope which works well the only problem I have is the hight of the tripod.It isn't high enough for observing unless I squat way down to look.Any body have any ideas? thanks Don

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Agatha
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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: donjoy]
      #5636768 - 01/22/13 12:14 PM

Don,

I assume you are viewing while standing. Have you used or considered a viewing chair? Much more comfortable than squatting.

Best, Linda B.


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donjoy
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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: Agatha]
      #5636779 - 01/22/13 12:21 PM

HI; thank you for writing.The tripod seems to be in a kind of nuetral zone.It's just like in a middle spot that is not a comfort zone and seems to need about 6" higher.the legs are a little unstable at full length.I wonder if anyone else has replaced the tripod with another one that fits the scope.

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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: donjoy]
      #5637119 - 01/22/13 03:08 PM

iOptron has a mini-pier that adds 8" to the height of most of their tripods. Here's a link to the iOptron webpage:

http://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=cf1ba874-4bdc...


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donjoy
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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: frebie]
      #5638460 - 01/23/13 09:08 AM

Thank you frebie.I'll look into that.

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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: donjoy]
      #5639291 - 01/23/13 05:31 PM

Another low-tech solution: My woodworking wife made me some blocks out of 4" X 4"s, stabilized with little lateral 1 X 2" braces that extend a couple of inches off to the sides, to place under each of my tripod legs to raise the whole thing about 5".

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donjoy
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Re: Ioptron tripod new [Re: Spaced]
      #5641069 - 01/24/13 05:06 PM

Thanks for the light.I do woodworking and i've thought of trying that so i'll check that out.I think i'm going to look for a sturdier tripod though I saw a tripod for a celestron but I can't be sure if it will fit the cube.It's the kind where the arm fits in like a semicircle.

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Re: Ioptron tripod [Re: donjoy]
      #5664842 - 02/06/13 09:12 AM

HI; I bought a celestron tripod and it looks like after a few changes it will work well.The tripod is for a one arm scope and i'll have to fill in the indentation where the arm mounts and put a round aluminum top on and it will be good to go.It is about 6" higher than the ioptron and has a level bubble like the ioptron and is much sturdier.Thank You for your help!!!!!.

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