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Scott in NC
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DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod
      #5821778 - 04/25/13 10:53 AM

I've been thinking about picking up a DM-6 mount, but don't really want to have to buy a whole new tripod in order to use it. I currently use a UA Unistar Deluxe mount with UA heavy-duty wood and medium-duty aluminum surveyors' tripods. Are any of you using a DM-6 mount with either of these tripods? If so, are any adaptors required, or does the mount just screw right onto the top of the tripod?

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JMW
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Re: DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5821847 - 04/25/13 11:33 AM

I think the important part would be a large flat surface of from 4-6 inches in diameter at the top of the tripod with a 3/8 inch threaded post. 6 inch diameter would match the DM-6 best. I would think wood would be more stable than the aluminum tripod.

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Re: DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod new [Re: JMW]
      #5821957 - 04/25/13 12:27 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

A surveyor's tripod should have enough surface area for a DM-6 to sit on. As mentioned, it needs a 3/8"-16 stud which may require a trip to the hardware store unless the UA heavy duty tripod already has one.

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Scott in NC
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Re: DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5822771 - 04/25/13 06:40 PM

Thanks for the advice, Jeff and Jim! Jim, the photo you provided was especially helpful. I can't remember right now whether my UA tripods have a 3/8" or 5/8" bolt (I think maybe the latter, though). I'll check that out and also measure the diameter of the tripod base to see if it's at least 6" wide.

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chaoscosmos
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Re: DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5823540 - 04/26/13 03:06 AM

Check with Tom too, at Discmounts. He'll be back Monday from his trip, and is very helpful.

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Re: DiscMounts DM-6 and UA surveyors' tripod new [Re: chaoscosmos]
      #5905675 - 06/06/13 10:37 AM

Anyone have an opinion/experience if a DM-6 with extension could live happily on a surveyor's tripod?

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