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#26 seawolfe

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Here's mine:

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:09 PM

Just recently finished this. After 2 nights using it , I am spoiled !  Could never go back to tripods and stiff necks.

Effortless viewing of the entire sky without EVER having to get up to reposition anything. 90* alt & 360* azim motion

​Last night i actually nodded off while enjoying the Double Cluster !

 

I  posted all the build details in the DIY forum

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

Just recently finished this. After 2 nights using it , I am spoiled !  Could never go back to tripods and stiff necks.

Effortless viewing of the entire sky without having to get up to reposition anything. 90* alt & 360* azim motion

​Last night i actually nodded off while enjoying the Double Cluster !

 

Will post details in the DIY forum

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#29 Bob4BVM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

 

Just recently finished this. After 2 nights using it , I am spoiled !  Could never go back to tripods and stiff necks.

Effortless viewing of the entire sky without having to get up to reposition anything. 90* alt & 360* azim motion

​Last night i actually nodded off while enjoying the Double Cluster !

 

Will post details in the DIY forum

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Bob

 

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That beer might have helped.....wink.gif

 

Oh no Bill, that was a 'building beer', no blurred vision for me at night ! Coffee cup holder will go there for night use :)



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:26 PM

Update....just got Manfrotto 161MK2B tripod....wanted crank elevation.

 

Not quite as solid as Meade field tripod but easier to use viewing near the zenith.

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#31 Mr. Bill

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:48 PM

Compare APM 70s on 475B tripod and APM 100s on 161MK2B tripod.....

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:51 PM

Those look absolutely incredible, Bill. Wow. What's the weight limit on those Manfrotto heads/elevators/tripods? My Oberwerk 5000 head has a max of ~16lbs, with the tripod having a limit of ~25lbs, so it would work well with smaller stuff, but I feel like the APM 100s would require a beefier elevator/head with a decent sized fork mount like yours. I'm going to try putting an alt-az head on it that weighs 6 to 10lbs (not sure which one yet) along with my SW120ED as a test, but I have a feeling I won't want to push it and will probably have to buy a beefier tripod, possibly a Berlebach/clone.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

Those look absolutely incredible, Bill. Wow. What's the weight limit on those Manfrotto heads/elevators/tripods? My Oberwerk 5000 head has a max of ~16lbs, with the tripod having a limit of ~25lbs, so it would work well with smaller stuff, but I feel like the APM 100s would require a beefier elevator/head with a decent sized fork mount like yours. I'm going to try putting an alt-az head on it that weighs 6 to 10lbs (not sure which one yet) along with my SW120ED as a test, but I have a feeling I won't want to push it and will probably have to buy a beefier tripod, possibly a Berlebach/clone.

475B tripod...26 pounds; 501HDV head on this combo supported APM 100 with no problem; loafing with 70s

 

161MK2B tripod....44 pounds; APM fork loafing with APM 100 load


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

No kidding! Well that is very good to know. I have a feeling my AT72EDII with my Obie 5000 will be solid as a rock. I just need to figure out how I'm going to attach it to the head. I have a feeling I'm going to need to buy another bino tripod because my AT72EDII might steal my current one... my oh my how this hobby can spiral out of control.


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#35 Mr. Bill

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:12 PM

Plan on using 70s at 16x and 22x......100s will get higher mag duty up to 50x (11mm DeLite eps)

 

After that, Cyclops viewing 



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:55 AM

Plan on using 70s at 16x and 22x......100s will get higher mag duty up to 50x (11mm DeLite eps)

 

After that, Cyclops viewing 

Why don't you put a good binoviewer on your larger scopes. That would carry you foreword.


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:19 AM

I like the 100 degree fov with 2 inch ep......12 inch f/5 + 21mm Ethos stunning.

 

I have Denk BVs but don't use much.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

Update....just got Manfrotto 161MK2B tripod....wanted crank elevation.

 

Not quite as solid as Meade field tripod but easier to use viewing near the zenith.

Bill, after you've used this tripod for awhile, please let us know what you think of it, particularly the elevator.  I am considering this for a purchase of the 120's.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:55 AM

No kidding! Well that is very good to know. I have a feeling my AT72EDII with my Obie 5000 will be solid as a rock. I just need to figure out how I'm going to attach it to the head. I have a feeling I'm going to need to buy another bino tripod because my AT72EDII might steal my current one... my oh my how this hobby can spiral out of control.

So as not to go OT here, look for a PM, Yokken.

 

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:57 PM

 

Update....just got Manfrotto 161MK2B tripod....wanted crank elevation.

 

Not quite as solid as Meade field tripod but easier to use viewing near the zenith.

Bill, after you've used this tripod for awhile, please let us know what you think of it, particularly the elevator.  I am considering this for a purchase of the 120's.

 

Don't need to use it for awhile.....this baby is BUILT. I thought the 475B was heavy duty; the 161 is a TANK.

 

Got my astro chair under and cranked the elevator up; I can get under the 100 binoculars pointed to zenith with no contortions. 

 

No buyer's remorse here....waytogo.gif

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

Mr Bill,

 

I have 2 of those 161Mk2b's and wanted to reduce some weight whilst maintaining the same level of rigidity. I removed the third segment of legs. You just need a hex drive and locking mechanism and pipe slide out.

 

You lose the retracting spike/rubber leg ends with this, but i used 36mm rubber chair ends instead to cap off the open pipe.

 

helps reduce SOME of the weight if that's a consideration.

 

cheers

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:29 PM

I like the weight....keeps me in shape. Weight helps with stability.

 

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 03:51 PM

My zenith viewing setup with a Zeiss 15x60 BGAT

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

Sorry...can't bend my neck to that extent.

 

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:03 PM

My zenith viewing setup with a Zeiss 15x60 BGAT

Looks nice, but... OUCH!



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:05 PM

Sorry...can't bend my neck to that extent.

 

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But I have a trick.  By using the tripod like a monopod I do not have to bend my neck too much.



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:55 PM

Ahhhh....got it.

 

A bit harder with 100mm BTs.

 

Tripod 18 pounds + Fork mount 11 pounds + 100 APOs 20 pounds.

 

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

I got an idea for a more useful counter weight today..,this works great.,"two" much fun.,:).,

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

 

 

Update....just got Manfrotto 161MK2B tripod....wanted crank elevation.

 

Not quite as solid as Meade field tripod but easier to use viewing near the zenith.

Bill, after you've used this tripod for awhile, please let us know what you think of it, particularly the elevator.  I am considering this for a purchase of the 120's.

 

Don't need to use it for awhile.....this baby is BUILT. I thought the 475B was heavy duty; the 161 is a TANK.

 

Got my astro chair under and cranked the elevator up; I can get under the 100 binoculars pointed to zenith with no contortions. 

 

No buyer's remorse here....waytogo.gif

 

Do you think they'd support the 120's?



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

IIRC, Mike Harvey uses this setup with his 120s.




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