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#1 PawPaw

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 12:16 PM

Has anyone seen the cabinet / box that the Polarex 4" tripod models came in?  These were foldable tripod legs.  Here is a pic:

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 04:01 AM

The local Society here has a 4" Polarex. The tripod legs are one piece fixed.

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 08:08 AM

The local Society here has a 4" Polarex. The tripod legs are one piece fixed.

 

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Thanks Dave,

The stationary legs are more common.  I have found a 1960 Polarex catalog that shows the  model 132 B with folding tripod legs. 

 

 https://www.unitronh...xCatalog60s.pdf

 

Look at page 4.

 

These are likely not as common and hoping I can find someone with a set complete with box.  If I can get the box dimensions I can make one.  

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 09:17 AM

I would think that the folding legs would be a much better match with the alt-az version of the 4” scope, owing the the much greater weight of the big 4” GEM. Also, it makes the alt-az much more transportable. 


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Posted 27 October 2021 - 10:07 AM

I would think that the folding legs would be a much better match with the alt-az version of the 4” scope, owing the the much greater weight of the big 4” GEM. Also, it makes the alt-az much more transportable. 

Terra......It is an excellent design just the opposite of the smaller Unitron tripods that swivel  backwards toward the mount.  This one swivels out and folds into a compact size of 36".   I found another example of this tripod at company 7 website.  It came with the polarex model 132 and they purchased it from Xavier.   Pictures are halfway down the page.

 

http://www.company7....on_132-152.html

 

Still there are no pictures of the cabinet that this tripod came in however they state this model came with a cabinet for the legs.  I may have to contact company 7.....hoping they can provide me pictures and dimensions.  

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 12:16 PM

Terra......It is an excellent design just the opposite of the smaller Unitron tripods that swivel  backwards toward the mount.  This one swivels out to fold into a compact size of 36".   I found another example of this tripod at company 7 website.  It came with the polarex model 132 and they purchased it from Xavier.   Pictures are halfway down the page.

 

http://www.company7....on_132-152.html

 

Still there are no pictures of the cabinet that this tripod came in however they state this model came with a cabinet for the legs.  I may have to contact company 7.....hoping they can provide me pictures and dimensions.  

 

Don

I really like that one Don. I always hated the general Unitron tripods with those swinging spikes. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye!



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Posted 27 October 2021 - 02:50 PM

I'm not seeing the same legs and matching mount in any referenced pictures. Are you sure they are original Unitron matches?

 

If the legs fold out, how can there be a stop bar on the outside, or is that a bar put on with a clamp knob after extending?



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Posted 27 October 2021 - 03:38 PM

Neil,

My tripod is exactly like this one on company 7 website:   I am positive it is an original polarex tripod and the description was called the "Wood Field Tripod".  The spreader has the spring locks that connect to the legs.  

 

 "The wood Field Tripod is uncommon in that the legs can be folded into a more compact form for transport."

 

Here is a pictorial explanation since we all love pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 03:39 PM

Continuation of pictorial explanation

 

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 06:20 PM

Thanks Don.

That fold OUT is so much nicer than the fold IN on my smaller Unitrons. 


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Posted 27 October 2021 - 06:34 PM

Neil,

I almost forgot that Dave Trott owned this tripod for a while and posted a video on it:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=oCQ5vS0VXAI

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 09:19 PM

I have the folding legs on my 4" Polarex.  Sorry no cabinet, but it should be easy to make one.

 

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Posted 28 October 2021 - 07:22 AM

I have the folding legs on my 4" Polarex.  Sorry no cabinet, but it should be easy to make one.

 

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Nice to see another set!   What Polarex model do you have?

 

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Posted 28 October 2021 - 05:11 PM

Nice to see another set!   What Polarex model do you have?

 

Cheers

 

Don

It's the 4".  The mount has the counter balance . I don't know why I didn't have it installed when the picture was taken. It's currently on an Optic-Craft mount (1-1/2" shafts) in my observatory 

 

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