It's me again, Dale. Still gathering info about what telescope to start out with and have two questions. I had read somewhere that you could use a camera tripod and ball head to mount a telescope to, but don't see where the plates would marry up.
I have a pretty darn sturdy carbon fiber tripod that is rated over 30 lbs, and a Benro ball head with the Swiss Arca style mount. Would I be able to attach the Swiss Arca plate to a 4 inch refractor telescope and just go at it? Or must I have a telescope oriented mount?
If I do have to have a telescope mount, would that attach to my tripod 3/8 screw or do I have to have a telescope tripod too?
I am sure it can't be that easy, but thought I would ask.