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Oberwerk 5000 Series Head

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#1 HI_Stars


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 11:42 PM

We recently purchased the Oberwerk BT-82XL Binocular Telescope with the Oberwerk 5000 Series Head mounted on a Oberwerk TR3 Custom-Built Hardwood Tripod.


As with most astronomy products I have purchased, the instructions are a little sparse for this equipment. 


Which way the optics should be placed on the mount?  I have seen multiple pictures online and they appear to differ in the proper mounting of the binoculars.  I think the handles should be mounted nearest the eyepieces with the +/- knob on the right.  



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 03:17 AM

Yes, that is how I have my 5000 set up. Besides hosting 20X80s I also use it host an Orion 128mm Mak. Works very well.


If in doubt speak with Kevin at Oberwerk.


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Edited by Cali, 20 December 2018 - 02:15 AM.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 03:38 AM

I have two of the Oberwerk wooden tripods -- an "older" version one, and the more recent version -- as well as the Oberwerk "5000" head.


Here are my Oberwerk 20x80 Deluxe IIIs and the Oberwerk 5000 head on the older tripod:


Oberwerk 20x80 Deluxe III.jpg


Oberwerk 20x80 and 5000 Head.jpg


As you can see in the second pic, I've also incorporated one of the Oberwerk 1" Risers:




...which allows me to view a bit closer to the zenith.


Here's the 5000 Head on the newer version of the tripod:


Oberwerk 5000 Head.jpg


Ultimately, how you set up the handles on the 5000 Head is a matter of what works best for you. I tried placing the handle(s) in various configurations, and found this one to be most convenient for me.


For one thing... using both handles seemed unnecessary, and also, too "confining".


I tried having the Altitude locking/release knob on both the right and the left, and ended up preferring it on the right.


And while having a single handle mounted on the right side makes it a tiny bit awkward to manipulate the Altitude locking/release knob and the "Safety Pin" release lever... I found that having it mounted on the left side completely interfered with being able to effectively operate the "Manfrotto Plate" locking/release lever.


I have been using it in this configuration for over a year now, and have had no problems with it whatsoever.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:22 AM

That’s a beautiful binocular setup Terry! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif 

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