Great discussion here guys.
I've recently purchased and received my Lunt 100 ED APO's from APM telescopes and am looking for a mount for these.
I've always been a fan of fluid heads and my spotters and 80mm refractor (when I had one) have always mounted on Sirui fluid heads. I like Sirui - they deliver a good product at the price point they're at. Build quality is exceptional and I've used their heads for a number of years with no complaints.
The spotting scopes are mounted on Sirui VA-5 heads with Induro CLT403 tripods. Both scopes are perfectly balanced on this head and will remain in place at any angle.
I was using the Sirui VH-10 for the 80mm refractor that I had, and decided to try the Lunt's on this. While it works, i feel its pushing the fluid head to its limit. I had to increase the drag on the tilt quite significantly and getting the Lunt's to balance is difficult.
I'm considering buying the next model up which is the Sirui VH-15 which should handle the extra weight of the Lunt quite well.
Then I started thinking about a gimble head - I've never used one before so no idea how they are.
Just wondering what people's thoughts are between the fluid head and the gimbal? I know there's a difference in price but i'm not too fussed about that at the moment - I just want stability on the binoculars to optimise my viewing.
Looking at the Induro Gimbal or the Sirui gimbal if either are a better option than the fluid head. What are the general thoughts regarding stability of a gimbal head over a fluid head for this type of application?
Edited by Jeelan, 21 October 2016 - 01:29 AM.