Making the most of the clear skies this week... a pair of 6" maks (MK67 and M615) side-by-side on a Rowan AZ100, with Nexus an slow motions, on a Berlebach Planet tripod. This was extremely pleasant to use, and the stability of the big tripod paid off handsomely with precision positioning every time.
Another aspect is that with smallish fields of view (less than 1 degree) it is important to have it balanced laterally was well as for-and-aft. This avoids placing high stresses on the tripod head, which would otherwise cause it to flex and degrade the positioning accuracy. With a small wide-field refractor, balance won't matter so much, but with maks or SCT's it will.
Another tip is on a soft surface like grass or dirt push the tripod feet in very firmly. You’ll be surprised at how badly a little movement of the feet affects the pointing accuracy of your mount. This is why I have my tripod set with the feet well apart.
The AZ100 really is a pleasure to use, vastly superior to any other altaz I've used. It would easily handle larger scopes too.
Edited by luxo II, 04 April 2020 - 07:35 PM.