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#1 Timothy Giles

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:36 PM

From the moment I saw it, to putting it together and using it over 3 months - I have been extremely happy with the Starbase. It costs a bit more than a T-Pod 130 but its specifications are also far greater. The build quality is as good as it gets, the design is engineered well and executed perfectly.

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#2 rmollise

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 10:06 AM

Excellent review. ;)

#3 Krish Mandal

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 10:11 AM

This is beautiful! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 11:05 AM

Interesting product. It prompts two questions for me:

1. Can it be left outside?

2. Do you have a picture with a mount on top of it? Just to get a feel for what appears to be a large width.


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 12:37 PM

Starbase is probably the best name for a telescope tripod/pier ever. It also looks like the ISS with the truss connections. :)

 

I love the design of the feet on it as well.

 

Mark, the product page has a picture with a CEM60 on it. 



#6 Tim Giles

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 04:54 PM

I moved home couple of weeks ago with my family and there is a lot to sort out, but I hope to update with a few extra pictures (maybe some video) in the next few weeks.

 

Thanks for the comments - the other thing I did not mention was the high WAF (wife acceptance factor). It looks equally good with a vase and flowers stood on it when not in use!! he he


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#7 Tim Giles

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 04:57 PM

I dont really know about the leaving outside. I would suggest emailing AA or Dave at IOAstronomy - they are sure to give you an informed answer.



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:55 PM

Very nice.  Excellent review.  Thanks



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 06:29 AM

Looks like a great design with open center piece... capable of taking 200 kilograms!
Only available via UK dealer ? Other European dealers ?



#10 Tim Giles

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 03:52 PM

Hi PhilCo - other European dealers do have it. Google altair astro starbase and site:.de (example) and you should find a few others. Dave at IO Astronomy has excellent european rates on shipping. I ordered it from him to the north of sweden and it came extremely well packed, fully tracked. I cant remember the exact amount but it was 30EU (with the CEM60!). Hope this helps.



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Posted 18 December 2014 - 07:52 AM

Hi guys, Nick here from Altair. Thanks for the thoughtful review. I'll try answer some questions.

 

Outdoor use: The Altair Starbase Tripod  is made from CNC machined aluminium which is then powder coated and anodised. The hard parts such as fasteners, hinge pins, threads and so-on are all made from stainless steel, so yes, you can leave it outside, and it's designed for that purpose. 

 

Accessories: Also, I'm working on accessory trays to fit around the perimeter of the second plate from the top. We have already included attachment points on the underside of the brace plates for these. If you have suggestions for more accessories please PM me so I can look into it.

 

Stock: We've just sold out on the first production run, and are working on the next production run. Our European partners Teleskop Service Germany may have some of these in stock - I think it's best to check with them first...

 

Any other Q's just PM me - thanks so much for your interest. We didn't expect this, and what started off as an exercise in machining (and I admit a little over-engineering) on the UKAI astro-forum has now resulted a full blown product! Anyway, we're gearing up to make more...!

 

Best, Nick



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 04:21 PM

Is there a base available for the Dutch-made Mesu-mount ?



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Posted 11 January 2015 - 10:52 AM

Wow.  I would love one of these, but it's overkill for my setup.

 

However, it could pass as a modern art sculpture for the garden as a way to get approval from the significant other.   :)



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 08:54 AM

Is there a base available for the Dutch-made Mesu-mount ?


I think it may fit the EQ8 or Paramount MX adapter with a couple more holes drilled. If you PM me the hole pattern details in metric mm, I will check if there's enough clear space on these adapters. Many customers are buying the EQ8 adapter for other mounts due to the large amount of clear space and circular shape.

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 01:47 AM

The tripod looks like it might carry the EQ8 with full capacity payload (50kg). Just what I am looking for-!



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:36 PM

This thing just screams quality. I just love the machining and the finish. If if comes as close in function as it is in form, then it's a real winner. I am a believer in "if it looks right, it is right", and this one definitely looks RIGHT.



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:13 PM

Wow.  I would love one of these, but it's overkill for my setup.

 

However, it could pass as a modern art sculpture for the garden as a way to get approval from the significant other.   :)

To my mind, you can never have too much gun/mount/money.
Go a treat with my 80mm spotting scope.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 01:19 PM

Definitely seems like quality piece of gear for my EQ-6 - so much so that I just bought one from Teleskop-Express last night (queue clouds). I had considered going down the route of a full upgrade of my EQ-6 tripod with TPI gear, but the price compared favorably with Teleskop-Express, given the strength of the dollar against the euro right now.



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Posted 03 April 2015 - 11:08 PM

Where can they be purchased in the US?


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 02:33 PM

Where can they be purchased in the US?

Cloudbreakoptics.com has them.



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Posted 17 June 2018 - 02:33 PM

Beautiful tripod.  My next mount will have one for sure. OR if I can sell my Aries tripod




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