Is vibration damping the primary advantage to wooden tripods?
Not the only advantage. Yes they damp vibrations better, but in addition for portable mounts the Berlebach UNI and Planet are also stiffer than the usual stainless steel tube tripods which are comparatively weaker in respect to vibrations in azimuth.
I’ve also had a Wild-Heerbrugge one specifically because it was tall - very tall - which was great with a refractor. None of the commercially available metal ones were anywhere near as tall.
Then there are the “survey” tripods, not pretty but they do the job quite well; many are wooden.
But Berlebach are a bit different:
- a wide range of head configurations to suit many mounts, and in some cases adapters so you can use the one tripod with different mounts, eg eq or altaz, grab & go vs an imaging rig, etc.
- many options - double clamps for extra rigidity, pointy tips, rubber tips, spreaders, accessory trays, clamps that grip a leg to support other gadgets (phone/iPad/laptop) etc that simply don’t exist for other tripods. Yes you can DIY, but the Berlebach stuff is beautifully made.
- parts for their tripods, sold separately; no other manufacturer does AFAIK.
And making use of the options and parts available, being wooden means you can customise these tripods in ways that aren’t possible with metal ones.
Wife was eyeing off my UNi8 with a view to putting a lamp on top.
Edited by luxo II, 14 April 2021 - 12:02 AM.