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#1 cfichter

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:46 PM

I'm trying to figure out how to build a really stable spreader solution for the Losmandy LW tripod:

http://store.losmandy.com/lw-tripod

 

I will be removing the upper, flimsy metal triangle thingy holding the legs at distance, and putting the spreader down closer to the ground. I spoke with Losmandy, they had never heard of any such a spreader nor had any ideas.

 

This thread comes close:

https://www.cloudyni...ripod-spreader/

 

I need ideas for parts, particularly how to clamp securely on the rectangle legs.  Also, I don't think cable/wire is stable enough, I really want to eliminate vibration for imaging as much as possible. I have an old CG-5 Tripod with a TPI spreader bar and tray I use now, and the thing is rock solid stable.  I have a heavy DC battery I want to place on a tray (I'll make a simple wood platform probably).

 

I could re-purpose the arms and center piece of the TPI spreader, but thinking I'd like to have this tripod on its own.

I contacted Dave at TPI Astro, he's never made one for that tripod.

 

Thanks for ideas, or any other vendor that maybe has something that will work on this tripod.


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

Get the extension tube. I'm not even sure my LW legs extend more than a couple inches anymore. I only pull them out a little bit as needed for leveling. That way the flimsy metal triangle thingy (I've never found any Losmany part to be that) is half-way between the tripod head and the ground. Very stable. I suppose there are reasons to extend the legs a bunch, but you generally want to be seated when observing (so you don't shake), or you don't want the legs way out there if photographing (so the camera doesn't shake).


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

2nd the extension. The LW tripod is rock solid until you start extending the legs over 5" or so.....the extension pier eliminates the problem.
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Posted 08 June 2017 - 10:04 AM

Here's my solution.

 

It works great and really adds stiffness and stability to the stock tripod, even with the legs fully extended, without any fancy machining or modifications.  But I, like NMBob, also have the extension.

 

Jeff

 

 

 

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:24 PM

Here's my solution.

 

It works great and really adds stiffness and stability to the stock tripod, even with the legs fully extended, without any fancy machining or modifications.  But I, like NMBob, also have the extension.

 

Jeff

I had one of these spreaders on my Mead ETX125 which is now gone. Can you tell me where you got your spreader and what it was originally made for?

 

BTW, I also have the 12" Losmandy tripod extension ,



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 04:46 PM

Here's my solution.
 
It works great and really adds stiffness and stability to the stock tripod, even with the legs fully extended, without any fancy machining or modifications.  But I, like NMBob, also have the extension.
 
Jeff

I had one of these spreaders on my Mead ETX125 which is now gone. Can you tell me where you got your spreader and what it was originally made for?
 
BTW, I also have the 12" Losmandy tripod extension ,


Pretty sure that's a spreader from a Meade field tripod (LX200 type)

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:12 PM

Get the extension tube. I'm not even sure my LW legs extend more than a couple inches anymore. I only pull them out a little bit as needed for leveling. That way the flimsy metal triangle thingy (I've never found any Losmany part to be that) is half-way between the tripod head and the ground. Very stable. I suppose there are reasons to extend the legs a bunch, but you generally want to be seated when observing (so you don't shake), or you don't want the legs way out there if photographing (so the camera doesn't shake).

 

I don't see any 'extension tube' on the Losmandy site  - can you provide a link/explanation?

 

I'm not following how any extension would help for stability. Really with this thread, I'm asking if anyone has solved a clamp solution on the legs. Being rectangle, it throws wrinkles, all other clamps I'm seeing are round - lighting clamps, etc.



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:20 PM

It's item EX12 in the Accessories section of losmandy.com.

 

$195!! Used to be $125. And that's without the ear tabs. That's getting a little out of line.

 

The tripod is quite stable with the legs fully retracted. Adding the extension gets the telescope up off the ground for 'more comfortable viewing'. I figured you were extending the legs to get the scope higher. The longer the legs the more wobbly it (any) tripod will be, no matter how many spreaders you add.



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 08:34 PM

 

Get the extension tube. I'm not even sure my LW legs extend more than a couple inches anymore. I only pull them out a little bit as needed for leveling. That way the flimsy metal triangle thingy (I've never found any Losmany part to be that) is half-way between the tripod head and the ground. Very stable. I suppose there are reasons to extend the legs a bunch, but you generally want to be seated when observing (so you don't shake), or you don't want the legs way out there if photographing (so the camera doesn't shake).

 

I don't see any 'extension tube' on the Losmandy site  - can you provide a link/explanation?

 

I'm not following how any extension would help for stability. Really with this thread, I'm asking if anyone has solved a clamp solution on the legs. Being rectangle, it throws wrinkles, all other clamps I'm seeing are round - lighting clamps, etc.

 

As Bob mentioned new they are $195, I bought one recently by searching on CN and the Astromart and found one, paid him $65 and we were both happy. All I had to buy were the 3 screws to attach it to the tripod and it's done. 

 

It's much easier on the back when viewing and doing a polar alignment. 


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 10:29 PM

 


Pretty sure that's a spreader from a Meade field tripod (LX200 type)

 

It's from a Meade tripod but I forgot which one.  One of the cast "fingers" that hold the top of the tripod legs had cracked so the spreader was just sitting around for a while.  And then I had an idea as these spreaders really help out with the two other Mead tripods I have so.....

 

The center rod is threaded.  The LW tripods legs are square so the "V" in the spreader tips press on the leg edges, marring them a bit.  But it works really well.  Maybe Scott can offer something like this if there's enough interest.

 

Jeff 



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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:34 AM

Get the extension tube. I'm not even sure my LW legs extend more than a couple inches anymore. I only pull them out a little bit as needed for leveling. That way the flimsy metal triangle thingy (I've never found any Losmany part to be that) is half-way between the tripod head and the ground. Very stable. I suppose there are reasons to extend the legs a bunch, but you generally want to be seated when observing (so you don't shake), or you don't want the legs way out there if photographing (so the camera doesn't shake).

 
I don't see any 'extension tube' on the Losmandy site  - can you provide a link/explanation?
 
I'm not following how any extension would help for stability. Really with this thread, I'm asking if anyone has solved a clamp solution on the legs. Being rectangle, it throws wrinkles, all other clamps I'm seeing are round - lighting clamps, etc.


Any tripod is more stable when the legs are not extended.....that is particularly true of the LW tripod. Using the EX12 pier extension from losmandy means most refractors will not require extending the legs more than an inch or three primarily for leveling purposes resulting in a very stable, even rock solid situation.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:43 AM

It's item EX12 in the Accessories section of losmandy.com.
 
$195!! Used to be $125. And that's without the ear tabs. That's getting a little out of line.
 
The tripod is quite stable with the legs fully retracted. Adding the extension gets the telescope up off the ground for 'more comfortable viewing'. I figured you were extending the legs to get the scope higher. The longer the legs the more wobbly it (any) tripod will be, no matter how many spreaders you add.


The new price is a bit of a PITA no doubt.... However they pop up on AM or here on CN used for $100 or less fairly regularly even after the price increase. I have acquired 2 of them over the last several years and they get used often. I even made one for my GM200 which is not offered (same as the Titan which is larger in diameter than the G8 or G11)


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