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Dec 24 2009 06:33 AM | Guest in Tripods and Piers
The 501 is one fine piece of engineering. Designed for the heavier HD camcorders, it provides more than ample stability for most large astronomical binoculars. The all-metal construction with a 13.3 lb payload limit gives it the ability to
Mar 28 2005 09:38 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Tripods and Piers
What do you do when you have a large telescope and face the prospect of hoisting it up onto its mount, in the dark, particularly when the saddle plate of the mount is at or over shoulder height? (Or, if you are my size - 5'10"- or shorter, how do you get a large OTA up over your head in the dark without worrying about dropping it?) Also, how much fun is it hoisting a large and heavy mount up on a pier or a tripod at any type of height?
Mar 22 2005 01:06 PM | jokun in Tripods and Piers
Not long ago I purchased a Mewlon 300 and NJP mount. The first time I mounted the very large Mewlon (VLM) on the mount, the Takahashi wooden tripod failed. The small screws that hold the support tray onto the tripod legs pulled out of the wood. This was almost a disaster. Fortunately, as the legs began to spread we were able to get the scope off the mount. I corrected the problem by drilling through the tray brackets and wooden legs and attaching them together with carriage bolts. It worked but I was never confident in the tripod again. My search for its replacement led me to the Particle Wave Technologies Website.