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What's your Berlebach?

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#1 25585


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Posted 20 April 2021 - 12:35 PM

Thinking about either a Uni 28 or Planet... so inspiration from Berlebach tripod & other gear owners helpful.


What have you got or are aspiring to?


Can Bb tripod legs be fitted to Tele Vue Gibraltar tripod tops? 

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 01:52 PM

Having owned both, I recommend the Planet.  It's only about 6 1/2 lbs heavier but it's far more solid.  Although if you're mounting a very light scope/mount on it, you might not benefit as much from that extra stability.

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 03:47 PM

Planet is a BIG tripod !  I have a 130mm refractor with a DM6 and that combination puts no stress or strain on the Planet.  I do not know where the Planet might limit out but do know it’s a lot more than 130mm for sure.  I think the latest version of the TeleVue Gibraltar mount utilizes the Uni tripod.  Certainly the Planet gives you more room to mount larger scopes


good luck with your choice

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 04:28 PM

I use the Planet for everything from 81mm to c8.   


Beyond that I switch to the ATS portable pier.


I do not recommend going "light weight" on this particular item.  Put a g8 on your tripod instead of a g11 if you must (or other equivalents) but the tripod is not a good place to save money or weight.


Incidentally the Losmandy machined aluminum tripods are excellent but I found them hard to use in winter.


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 06:51 AM

Uni 18 with M2C mounting a 120MM F7.5 refractor .. very solid  setup for me.



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 10:54 AM

I have both the Uni-28, currently with a DM-4 mount, and a Planet with DM-6.  As others have said, the Planet gives you a lot of upside in terms of the type of mount and scope you use it with, but you will notice the difference in weight.  


I had the Uni-28 first and actually put my DM-6 on it, and it worked well with the 130mm F7 refractor that I had at that time.  I even used it with my TEC 140, but that scope is what pushed me to get a planet for additional stability.  I am certain that the Planet/DM-6 combo would handle a 160mm F7-8 refractor without too much trouble.  I will say that I leave my mounts attached to their tripods, and the Planet/DM-6 is somewhat of a beast if you have to carry it very far.  The Uni/DM4 feels a lot easier to carry around, though much of that is the lighter mount itself.


In the end, it really depends on the mount/scope combo you are looking at and how much future versatility you want for a bigger scope.

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