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#1 cwine

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 05:11 AM

Hi! New here and had a quick question. I have just got a Manfrotto 055 tripod and Manfrotto 3 way head, and plan to do a mix of landscape, wide field astro (18-55mm) and astro with a telephoto lens (200mm). I see a lot of people putting ball heads on the Star Adventurer Pro for wide field tracked shots, and I was wondering if I could put my 3 way head on it instead? I'm thinking it would work the same but haven't seen it done. Any advice? Thanks!



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 05:39 AM

It should work with the ball head adapter, which you get with the pro pack. I believe you connect the ball head adaptor to the dovetail and the 3/8 female adapyer will accept the 3/8 screw on the ball head adapter.

 

You could potentially buy another ball head adapter and you could have a guiding option for long exposures.

 

Also you could use a hot shoe adapter on your DSLR and attach a guidescope. 

 

I know you didn't ask about the latter but I thought it would be useful infor for you.

 

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 05:46 AM

It should work with the ball head adapter, which you get with the pro pack. I believe you connect the ball head adaptor to the dovetail and the 3/8 female adapyer will accept the 3/8 screw on the ball head adapter.

 

You could potentially buy another ball head adapter and you could have a guiding option for long exposures.

 

Also you could use a hot shoe adapter on your DSLR and attach a guidescope. 

 

I know you didn't ask about the latter but I thought it would be useful infor for you.

 

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Perfect I was really hoping it would work like that - I was worried that I wouldn't be able to use it! Thanks! For now I can't afford any sort of guiding, or a good ball head, but good to know for the future!



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 06:08 AM

https://www.bhphotov..._ball_head.html

 

One of those comes with the pro pack.



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:41 AM

I wouldn't use the ballhead adapter since it blocks the polar scope, on top of that without using a declination bracket and counterweight the 3-way head (which I've used on the Star Adventurer) will create a very imbalanced load for weight balancing. Here is a imgur gallery of how I had my manfrotto 3-way head on my star adventurer, this is a very stable setup that gives you a lot of flexibility with different focal lengths:

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/948I6TG



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 03:58 PM

I wouldn't use the ballhead adapter since it blocks the polar scope, on top of that without using a declination bracket and counterweight the 3-way head (which I've used on the Star Adventurer) will create a very imbalanced load for weight balancing. Here is a imgur gallery of how I had my manfrotto 3-way head on my star adventurer, this is a very stable setup that gives you a lot of flexibility with different focal lengths:

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/948I6TG

Just straight on to the dovetail plate. Nice.




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