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#1 Dougeo

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 03:49 PM

Hi all,

 

Need your help in determining which mount and tripod will function best with the APM 100 90 degree binoculars. The weight is 16.43 lbs  so I would need a mount that would adequately manage this. there are two I was considering; the first was a  Stellarvue M2C mount and tripod  and the other a Manfrotto 405 large 3 axis head and H/D tripod but would consider others as well.

 

I know it has the Stellarvue M2C has the load capacity but can be adapted to hold the APM 100 and if so what would I need to do so? 

 

The Manfrotto 405 has a load capacity of 16.53lbs and with the APM 100 weighing in at 16.43 is cutting it pretty close.

 

Any help ,advice, options, ideas ,direction or otherwise is much appreciated!

 

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:19 PM

Manfrotto pro geared tripod #475 max. load capacity 26.6 lbs.

 

https://www.ebay.com...bndbG:rk:2:pf:0

 

Manfrotto Triman geared tripod #3246 max. load capacity 26.6 lbs.

 

https://www.ebay.com...b2i8K:rk:3:pf:0

 

There are more listed on eBay

 

Manfrotto 516 head. (max. load cap. 22 lbs.)

 

https://www.ebay.com...bvpfZ:rk:2:pf:0

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

Just bough myself 475B and it feels extremely sturdy. As a mount Im looking into MVH502AH, but it will be too light for your use.



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:43 PM

Max. load cap. is 15.4 lbs. for the MVH502AH.

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:44 PM

I use 475B with N12 head, very nice setup IMO.


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:10 PM

I use 475B with N12 head, very nice setup IMO.

This is what I have and I love it. So smooth and the counterbalance stabilizes the bino in whatever position you put it. 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:14 PM

Thanks everyone for your input.

 

Stan, looks like the 516 head is strong enough, do you know what  is required to mount the APM 100?

 

Doug



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:17 PM

I use the Manfrotto 161 Mk II tripod with a Manfrotto Model 400 geared head for my 45 degree ones.

 

I believe the tripod is rated for 46 pounds, and the head for 22 pounds.

 

These are somewhat spendy new, but usually can eventually be picked up on eBay for a more reasonable price.

 

The geared head has to be used backwards, (altitude crank/knob on opposite side from observer), as forward it only tilts up to 30 degrees.  Backwards it reaches zenith.  When sweeping the sky, this isn't too much problem for me, as I tend to move the Alt adjustment up or down about 3/4 of the fov, and sweep horizontally with the Az control.

 

This combination is rock solid and the head is very precise in it's adjustments.  I like this head very much for what I do, although most others seem to favor a HD video head.


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:33 PM

I really tried to like the MVH502AH but it was a no go after a couple of seasons of use and I sold it. The primary problem is that the friction drag has no adjustment range. It is either too loose, or too tight. There is hardly any in-between. I don't know if the bridged design is just that way -- or if I just got a bad one -- but since the counterspring is not alone enough to hold the weight you need that bit of friction drag. Even if the spring was adequate you'd still want some friction drag to keep it from moving too easily in the wind, etc.

 

I opted for used 503HDV (not the plain 503!). The older design has a much better friction drag.

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:48 PM

Stan, looks like the 516 head is strong enough, do you know what  is required to mount the APM 100?

 

Doug

Doug,

 

I do not have the APM 100 or any BT's.

I'm sure that there are others that would be able to answer your mounting question.

 

Stan



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:11 PM

Bigger is better. I would recommend the Manfrotto 161mk2 tripod with an APM fork.

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:25 PM

Bigger is better. I would recommend the Manfrotto 161mk2 tripod with an APM fork.

 

Kevin

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https://www.ebay.com... tripod&_sop=15

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your input.

 

Stan, looks like the 516 head is strong enough, do you know what  is required to mount the APM 100?

 

Doug

I use the 516 head with the 3068 tripod and it's a great combo. Check out the pics below...

 

Also, I use the Manfrotto 357PLONG plate in the 516 to attach it to the APM.

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:44 PM

I use the 516 head with the 3068 tripod and it's a great combo. Check out the pics below...

 

Also, I use the Manfrotto 357PLONG plate in the 516 to attach it to the APM.

Manfrotto 3068 tripod.......easier on the wallet. waytogo.gif

 

https://www.ebay.com... tripod&_sop=15

 

I also have a Manfrotto 3036 tripod......very sturdy. sumo.gif

 

https://www.ebay.com... tripod&_sop=15

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:51 PM

Kevin, what are you using for your APM 100-90?

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:59 PM

I use the 516 head with the 3068 tripod and it's a great combo. Check out the pics below...
 
Also, I use the Manfrotto 357PLONG plate in the 516 to attach it to the APM.


That's what I'm looking for, how does the whole rig work for you?

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:00 PM

Here's the 100-90 on a 161mk2 and APM fork. It is a very stable combination.

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:33 PM

Here's the 100-90 on a 161mk2 and APM fork. It is a very stable combination.
 
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Very nice!

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:01 PM

That's what I'm looking for, how does the whole rig work for you?

Doug

It works great. Perfect, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not one to overspend, though you can't go wrong in this business when you do. My setup was purchased on eBay for just a few hundred dollars.


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 10:04 PM

I find the Oberwerk wooden tripod is just right with the APM fork mount.  It can handle up to 40lbs and you have the convenience of adding an eyepiece tray.  Great set up, and easy to break down.

 

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 10:43 PM

I find the Oberwerk wooden tripod is just right with the APM fork mount.  It can handle up to 40lbs and you have the convenience of adding an eyepiece tray.  Great set up, and easy to break down.


Very nice set up!

I like the fork mount but the only place I have found that has it in stock is Farpoint Astro for about 743ish. Where did you find yours?
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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:01 PM

It works great. Perfect, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not one to overspend, though you can't go wrong in this business when you do. My setup was purchased on eBay for just a few hundred dollars.


I've been looking this evening for the 516 head new and not having too much success,seems it's been discontinued. Also been on eBay but can't seem to locate any used that look in good shape.

I found a new n12 but none used. I did find a nice use 3068 tripod so making progress

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:11 PM

The 516 is discontinued, but regularly come up on eBay, and the N12 is pretty new.

 

I was going to say that the one that Stan linked to above was a good one, but I see it's already been snatched-up...



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:14 PM

The 516 is discontinued, but regularly come up on eBay,

 

I was going to say that the one that Stan linked to above was a good one, but I see it's already been snatched-up...

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https://www.ebay.com...bvpfZ:rk:1:pf:0

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:15 PM

A bit more expensive, but this one is near new...

 

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