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#1 marinaldi

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:13 AM

Hi guys,  I have the Celestron Skymaster 25x100 binoculars.  I'm looking for a tripod to hold this 10.1lb beast.  I'm hoping to not spend more than $200.  Obviously I'll be looking up to the stars so it should be tall enough (I'm 5'7" tall) and have a good altitude range.  Any suggestions?  

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:57 AM

Have you looked at the Cloudy Nights "Classifieds" offerings for tripods?   https://www.cloudyni...h&fromMainBar=1


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 02:07 AM

Mike:

 

I'd be looking at your local craigslist for an older heavy duty Bogen/Manfrotto tripod and head.  Numbers like 3035-3036, 3046, 3050-3051 are good, there are some even more substantial models, 3058 maybe.   If the 0 is replaced by a 2, 3246 for example, it just means the tripod is black.

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:21 AM

There are these from the Bay Area Craigslist (search Manfrotto or Bogen):

 

Photo / Video tripod Bogen and Tiltall - $60

 

BOGEN TRIPOD - $150

 

They both have geared center columns, which is rather essential.  They are photo tripods (which you want for the geared center column), but big binos like video heads for smooth panning, so replace those photo heads.  I have a 501HDV head listed here to replace the photo heads.  I would start with that $70 3051 in the first ad above if you want it now.  Check whether the height will be okay for you.  Extend the legs out and test the center column to its full extent and back down before putting your binos on it.  The leg angles can be adjusted to gain a little more height.  Big bino risers are available too, which are suposed to help when adjusting the IPD for close-eyed ones.

 

The Bogen 3036, 3046 became Manfrotto 475B, which are the ones I have.  Waiting for one of those shouldn't take too long in the Bay Area.  Video heads to wait around for are 501HDV and 503HDV.  Stay away from the plain 501 without the HDV; they will cause you trouble with stiction.


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#5 marinaldi

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for all the good useful tips and links!



#6 Rich V.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:04 PM

Video heads to wait around for are 501HDV and 503HDV.  Stay away from the plain 501 without the HDV; they will cause you trouble with stiction.

+1 in recommendation of these heads along with the geared column Bogen/Manfrotto tripods mentioned above.

 

These discontinued heads are good for 100mm binos and are reasonably priced used.  Perhaps better than the heads that replaced them until the N8 and N12 heads were introduced. 

 

The 501HDV is rated for 13.2# with a single 5.5# counterbalance spring setting option.  The 503HDV is rated for 17.6# and has three CB spring settings you can select; 2.9#, 5.7# and 8.6#.

 

The 503HDV will work well enough with 100mm BTs, also, if you eventually upgrade.

 

https://web.archive....V/_/501HDV_Head

 

https://web.archive....ith_501PL_Plate

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 02:00 PM

You can't beat this to my opinion :

 

https://www.amazon.c...WLQS/ref=sr_1_9



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 02:32 PM

You can't beat this to my opinion :

 

https://www.amazon.c...WLQS/ref=sr_1_9

Not tall enough.


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#9 Rich V.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:00 PM

I've had good experiences with Manfrotto 26# rated geared column tripods over many years; 3036 (x2), 475, and 028.  Also several of their ball heads and 3063 (x2), 501HDV, 503HDV and now N12 video heads.  All a good value with solid quality and dependable enough to recommend to anybody.

 

I just gave my son and his wife a very useful binocular setup for their new home with dark skies and a spectacular view as well-  a nice Manfrotto 028B with 501HDV head and Fujinon 16x70s.   It should give them a good start... wink.gif

 

Rich


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 08:48 PM

Not tall enough.

 

It's also lacking a spreader. For heavier loads, I consider a spreader a necessity..

 

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