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#1 zjc26138

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 06:21 PM

I'm looking for a camera tripod for my Macrostar Deluxe (25 lbs capacity) mount.   I currently have the mount riding on a heavy wooden surveyor tripod and honestly want something lighter.

 

Can you recommend a camera tripod for the following scenarios. I beleive my Macrostar Deluxe has the 5/8" mounting post but I'm not 100% sure).

 

 

Setup one: The Macrostar would be used with my TMB130SS, which is about 22lbs loaded up. I'm not sure how much the Macrostar weighs. capacity.

 

 

Setup two: The Macrostar would be used with a lot smaller of a scope. Maybe 15 lbs Max. 

 

 

So what are your recommendations?  Is there anything available under 300?

 

 

Thanks!



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Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:07 AM

Anyone? 



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Posted 15 July 2020 - 08:10 AM

Third times a charm right?



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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:11 AM

Take a look at the Stellarvue stainless steel tripod $299, it might work but I do believe you will need to replace the center bolt to match you mount.

 

Take a few photos of your mount bottom and send them with an email to Stellalrvue asking if its possible to use/adapt their tripod. Provide as much details about your mount in the email since its no longer being made.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:39 AM

Take a look at the Stellarvue stainless steel tripod $299, it might work but I do believe you will need to replace the center bolt to match you mount.

 

Take a few photos of your mount bottom and send them with an email to Stellalrvue asking if its possible to use/adapt their tripod. Provide as much details about your mount in the email since its no longer being made.

 

Good idea about buying a 2" steel tripod. That would save a little bit of weight.



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Posted 17 July 2020 - 10:14 PM

Any other suggestions?

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 08:22 AM

5th times a charm perhaps? Maybe I should have titled this post. "something something CEM70."  That might have incited people to view the post and help me out. shrug.gif



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Posted 19 July 2020 - 11:25 AM

The Stellarvue tripod recommended by Xeroid looks quite nice and maybe could work with different attachment.  I'm sorry I can't think of a better alternative to what you already have.  I can certainly appreciate wanting something lighter but that TMB 130 ( beautiful 'scope)  is a substantial bit of weight.  I like wood.   smile.png

 

Hopefully someone will show up here to offer more ideas.   Good luck Zach


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Posted 19 July 2020 - 12:15 PM

OK, OK I have another one up my sleeve...smile.gif

 

I would suggest an ASH Hardwood tripod either home built or built by your local craftsman / master cabinet maker.

 

There are many great examples of wood tripods here on CN built by several users, both novice (me) or by a master craftsman (roscoe).

 

I spent approx $60 USD on ASH hardwood and 3 afternoons and built a very solid wood tripod that can easily handle my 25+ lbs telescopes. plus counterweights.

 

One can start with wide planks of ASH then cut it down to 2x4 boards for extra leg strength. 

 

For your TMB130SS I would guess you will need a 8-12 inch strong pier to prevent hitting the tripod legs.

 

Good Luck! 

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