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#1 wen_astroevo

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 08:35 AM

Hello,

 

I'm looking for some suggestions on a portable pier / tripod for the 10micron GM1000. I've ruled out the 10u Aries Tripod (too expensive) and the ATS tripod (long lead time).

 

What portable pier / tripod would you recommend for the GM1000 that --

 

1. doesn't require a custom-made adapter

2. doesn't break the bank

3. is more stable than the wooden Berlebach Plant

 

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated!

 

Best,

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 10:17 AM

I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for.  People get the planet or the aries tripod. The Aries tripod is expensive; it's really nice.  


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Posted 07 December 2022 - 10:30 AM

I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for.  People get the planet or the aries tripod. The Aries tripod is expensive; it's really nice.  

Hi Chris,

 

Thank you for the suggestion. What about the Geoptik Hercules Tripod? It's in the GM1000 package but made of wood; is it more stable than the planet?

 

Thanks!

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 12:06 PM

Hey Vincent, I have the Geoptik Hercules, it is a great tripod if you are not going to go crazy on payload, here is mine with a Edge HD9.25, 0.7 reducer, Esatto 2", etc, I believe something around 30lbs of gear:
Edge 9.25 on Pool.jpg
+ the t-shirt to deal with a light leak I had on the system lol.gif 

Edit: I would say this tripod is the Italian equivalent of the Berlebach Planet, very similar.

The few times I have had problems with vibration have been when I am stupidlly "walking hard" close to it and the pavers of my bckyard vibrate or during a star party that people where walking around it and the concrete vibrated, here is a picture of that star party:
Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 11.57.04 AM.jpg

It was the first Star Party of my kid who is also named Vincent! smile.gif 

 

PS - I got the the complete package and liked so much the cases that came with it that ended up buying 2 more of the same brand with B&H to carry my things


Edited by pmuller, 07 December 2022 - 12:08 PM.

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 12:24 PM

I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for.  People get the planet or the aries tripod. The Aries tripod is expensive; it's really nice.  

Yes, the Aries is very nice - stable and surprisingly easy to handle. So much nicer than something cheaper like say, the Losmandy Folding HD.
 

I’m still not ready to go remote so I really should have gotten a pier. But after the pier is purchased I will keep the Aries.


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Posted 07 December 2022 - 01:44 PM

Hey Vincent, I have the Geoptik Hercules, it is a great tripod if you are not going to go crazy on payload, here is mine with a Edge HD9.25, 0.7 reducer, Esatto 2", etc, I believe something around 30lbs of gear:
attachicon.gifEdge 9.25 on Pool.jpg
+ the t-shirt to deal with a light leak I had on the system lol.gif 

Edit: I would say this tripod is the Italian equivalent of the Berlebach Planet, very similar.

The few times I have had problems with vibration have been when I am stupidlly "walking hard" close to it and the pavers of my bckyard vibrate or during a star party that people where walking around it and the concrete vibrated, here is a picture of that star party:
attachicon.gifScreen Shot 2022-12-07 at 11.57.04 AM.jpg

It was the first Star Party of my kid who is also named Vincent! smile.gif 

 

PS - I got the the complete package and liked so much the cases that came with it that ended up buying 2 more of the same brand with B&H to carry my things

Hi Philipp,

 

Thank you for sharing your insights. Your Vincent is getting into astrophotography really early!

 

It is a really beautiful setup! What pier extension are you using? I don't see it on Geoptik website.

 

Best,

Vincent


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Posted 07 December 2022 - 01:49 PM

Yes, the Aries is very nice - stable and surprisingly easy to handle. So much nicer than something cheaper like say, the Losmandy Folding HD.
 

I’m still not ready to go remote so I really should have gotten a pier. But after the pier is purchased I will keep the Aries.

Hi Jeff,

 

Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm hoping to send the GM1000 to a remote site later 2023 so the tripod is kinda temporary; but I agree that cheapter ones might cause a headache. I might get the adapter for my ATS portable pier and use that, supposing ATS has it in stock..

 

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 03:59 PM

Hi Philipp,

 

Thank you for sharing your insights. Your Vincent is getting into astrophotography really early!

 

It is a really beautiful setup! What pier extension are you using? I don't see it on Geoptik website.

 

Best,

Vincent

The extension is the 10micron one: https://10micron.eu/...-for-gm1000-hps

Ed Thomas, Tolga, and others sell, but if you are in a hurry check with O'Telescope, FLO and Teleskope Service (that's were I ended up getting mine from because they had in stock). It is quite expensive but well machined.


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Posted 07 December 2022 - 07:04 PM

And well-engineered too. Surprisingly light for its capacity. 


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Posted 08 December 2022 - 09:56 AM

Hey Vincent, I have the Geoptik Hercules, it is a great tripod if you are not going to go crazy on payload, here is mine with a Edge HD9.25, 0.7 reducer, Esatto 2", etc, I believe something around 30lbs of gear:
attachicon.gifEdge 9.25 on Pool.jpg
+ the t-shirt to deal with a light leak I had on the system lol.gif 

Edit: I would say this tripod is the Italian equivalent of the Berlebach Planet, very similar.

The few times I have had problems with vibration have been when I am stupidlly "walking hard" close to it and the pavers of my bckyard vibrate or during a star party that people where walking around it and the concrete vibrated, here is a picture of that star party:
attachicon.gifScreen Shot 2022-12-07 at 11.57.04 AM.jpg

It was the first Star Party of my kid who is also named Vincent! smile.gif 

 

PS - I got the the complete package and liked so much the cases that came with it that ended up buying 2 more of the same brand with B&H to carry my things

I definitely got those two mixed up.  Either way, the Aries is a good investment.  Probably the best tripod I've owned.  


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Posted 08 December 2022 - 12:30 PM

Yeah, if it's just temporary, go with the wooden tripod (and don't overload), but I concur: the Aries is the best tripod I've ever used, and I've had some dang fine custom ones that I really liked. And I finally got a mini-pier (this is my third 10Micron), and it's really well designed, so for anyone who needs it, I recommend that, too.

 

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Posted 08 December 2022 - 01:09 PM

The extension is the 10micron one: https://10micron.eu/...-for-gm1000-hps

Ed Thomas, Tolga, and others sell, but if you are in a hurry check with O'Telescope, FLO and Teleskope Service (that's were I ended up getting mine from because they had in stock). It is quite expensive but well machined.

Got it. Thank you Philipp!



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Posted 08 December 2022 - 01:12 PM

Yeah, if it's just temporary, go with the wooden tripod (and don't overload), but I concur: the Aries is the best tripod I've ever used, and I've had some dang fine custom ones that I really liked. And I finally got a mini-pier (this is my third 10Micron), and it's really well designed, so for anyone who needs it, I recommend that, too.

 

Paul

Thank you for the suggestion Paul.

 

Which mini-pier did you get? Is it from 10micron, like this -- https://www.10micron...lar-for-gm1000/ ?

 

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Posted 08 December 2022 - 02:12 PM

Thank you for the suggestion Paul.

 

Which mini-pier did you get? Is it from 10micron, like this -- https://www.10micron...lar-for-gm1000/ ?

 

Best,

Vincent

Yeah, the 10Micron. Nicely thought out in how it attaches to the tripod; one can take it on and off very easily (even though I'm too lazy to do that), yet it remains snug. I never used one on my other two 10Microns and never had a problem, but I'm going fully automated when mobile, so I won't be looking during a meridian flip, so I got it...just in case.

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Posted 08 December 2022 - 07:23 PM

I have to to try it out yet but a bought a ioptron tri-pier 360 for my GM1000hps. I did have to purchase a 0.625" 6160 8"x8" plate aluminum and drill and tap to mount it to the cem120 top and the 10u base but it's a great lightweight tripod that should work just fine. Being a pier hybrid gives it superior clearance at zenith compared to a normal tripod.



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Posted 10 December 2022 - 07:57 AM

Here is an image of the plate attached to the 360.

 

https://live.staticf..._325079cfb3.jpg


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Posted 12 December 2022 - 08:21 AM

Here is an image of the plate attached to the 360.

 

https://live.staticf..._325079cfb3.jpg

This looks great! Thank you for sharing!


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Posted 12 December 2022 - 08:22 AM

Yeah, the 10Micron. Nicely thought out in how it attaches to the tripod; one can take it on and off very easily (even though I'm too lazy to do that), yet it remains snug. I never used one on my other two 10Microns and never had a problem, but I'm going fully automated when mobile, so I won't be looking during a meridian flip, so I got it...just in case.

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Hi Paul,

 

Got it. Thank you for the info!

 

Vincent


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