I'm thought it would be best to start a new thread rather than risk hijacking the current thread regarding tripod heads for a Q 3.5. The OP of that thread asked what head to use with his photo tripod, and I’d like to ask the converse: What tripod or pier do you prefer to use with a Tri-Stand head? (A couple of respondents in the other thread noted the adapter which allows use of the Tri-Stand head on a photo tripod.)
Phrased another way: For those of you who have used both a complete Tri-Stand, and just the Tri-Stand head on a decent photo tripod, which do you like better?
To put this question into context, right now I'm a mere wannabe Questar 3.5 owner, and I have zero experience using a Questar. I was traveling through eastern Pennsylvania a couple of months ago, so I made an appointment to visit Jim Reichert in New Hope. That was the first time I saw any Questar telescope, so it was well worth the detour to the Questar office. One of the things I did while there was to sit down on a drummers throne placed next to a Questar 3.5 mounted on a Tri-Stand. My viewing posture was excellent, and I was pleased to find out that the legs and pier of the Tri-Stand didn’t interfere with my seated position. Fantastic. Prior to this I wondered if the Tri-Stand legs could be some kind of obstacle to comfortable positioning of my feet.
At this time, I occasionally use small telescopes mounted on tripods such that I can sit in a small adjustable-height chair on casters. I can roll up to the telescope and observe while my legs are beneath the equatorial mount head, situated between two of the tripod legs. It's usually very comfortable once I reorient the telescope diagonal and adjust the chair height. I can even lean back against the seat back. But it takes a few moments of scooting around and tweaking things so as to avoid bumping tripod legs during viewing. In other words, I may have to do adapt my position in order to accommodate the tripod legs. I don’t think this is an issue with the Tri-Stand.
So, for those of you who do seated viewing using a photo tripod with a Tri-Stand head, do you encounter any issues with tripod legs conflicting with your desired seated position? (For that matter, I suppose I need not limit this question to those specifically using the Tri-Stand head on a tripod.)
I hope my question and long-winded description of things make sense. Thanks in advance for any insights you can provide.