Buying a tripod - advice wanted

15 years 10 months ago #6759 by michaeloconnell
Buying a tripod - advice wanted was created by michaeloconnell
Hi,
Some time ago my camera tripod broke and I'd like to buy a new one shortly. Ideally, if I'm buying one, I'd like to get a reasonably good quality one (albeit not too expensive either) which would also hold the weight of a small refractor (such as a PST, which I'd like to get sometime) on it.

Anyone here have suggestions as to what I should look out for in a tripod?

Thanks,

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15 years 10 months ago #6762 by Seanie_Morris
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which would also hold the weight of a small refractor (such as a PST, which I'd like to get sometime) on it.


How and why would you do this with a camera tripod Mike? If it is of a way to actually mount the camera on to the tripod and itself fitting onto the refractor, you will have a problem. With my camera tripod, when I use the telescopic lens on it, it is so heavy that I really have to tighten the adjustment knobs to stop it from tilting. Because of this, its hard to maneouver... thus making it quite useless. If its a refractor like the Skylux, its near the same weight as my telescopic lens. BUT, the telescopic does have its own fixing hole same as the camera body, so I can mount that on to the tripod. If you can make such a fitting for your refractor when you have the weight balanced according to the length of the tube etc, you should get away with it.

Otherwise, the only option is to really spend the bucks on a really good camera tripod.


Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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15 years 10 months ago #6768 by albertw
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I bought a Manfrotto from Andromeda Optics a while back for my 4" Mak.

Not the cheapest of tripods, but sturdy.

Cheers,
~Al

Albert White MSc FRAS
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15 years 10 months ago #6773 by John OBrien
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I would also recommend a Manfrotto tripod. This is what I use myself for photography and like Albert said very sturdy. Mine is rated for 2.5Kg and you can get Manfrotto's rated higher. The problem as I see it for scopes is counter-weighting for without this your in danger of tipping over when the scope is at an angle.

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15 years 10 months ago #6775 by michaeloconnell
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The kg rating is for when it is horizontal, is that correct?

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15 years 10 months ago #6776 by John OBrien
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The kg rating is for when it is horizontal, is that correct?


Don't actually know and I don't remember ever reading the rating as for any particular alignment. From a photography standpoint if your using a big long lens it's usually recommended that a lens collar be used so that camera and lens counter-weight each other. Another thing, on my Manfrotto there is a hook for attaching more weight such as a bag, this is on the center column so it's balanced.

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15 years 10 months ago #6777 by michaeloconnell
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Mind me asking how much should I expect to pay for a Manfrotto tripod?

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15 years 10 months ago #6780 by Arclight
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How much would you expect ot pay?

In this day and age (and specifically in this country) that could turn out to be how long is a piece of string...............

I can only speak from personal experience but Manfrotto 055A with a 390-RC head set me back €225.00 (& that can carry up to 6kgs) in Ireland ..... But by shopping around I am sure you could get one cheaper............

Arclight
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15 years 10 months ago #6781 by John OBrien
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Here's a link to B&H's Manfrotto range:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=5138

And this is the one I bought:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=284763&is=REG

Looking at the specs again I see my tripod is rated for 5Kg. Cool :)

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15 years 10 months ago #6783 by michaeloconnell
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Thanks lads! I appreciate that!

Clear skies,

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15 years 10 months ago #6836 by michaeloconnell
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Speaking of tripods and mounts, I decided to remove the tube, rings and counterweight off the equatorial mount for my 4.5" reflector. I now have just the camera on the eq. head. However, to mount the camera I have to use a screwdriver to screw on the camera. Is there an easier way of doing this without needing a screwdriver?


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15 years 10 months ago #6839 by John OBrien
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You'll be wanting something like this:

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=8450

You can screw this onto your scope as it has treaded hole on the bottom (not visable in the linked photo).

It's likely to be found in one of the camera shops in Dublin if you don't want to get it online.

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15 years 10 months ago #6842 by michaeloconnell
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Ah yes! That would be useful alright. :)
And let me guess, the better quality versions can take a heavier weight of camera/small scope...would that be fair to say??
Thanks,

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15 years 10 months ago #6843 by michaeloconnell
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Just to confirm, does the knob on the side determine the rigidity of the ball in the socket or does it allow you to remove the top part of the ball and socket from the rest of the piece?
Thanks,

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15 years 10 months ago #6847 by John OBrien
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I don't think it would take a lot of weight but it should be fine for your camera.

The knob determines rigidity alright and the ball socket will allow you to position the camera independently from the tripod. To attach or remove a camera loosen the knob and then rotate the grooved top part.

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15 years 10 months ago #6849 by michaeloconnell
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Thanks John. I'll look into this a bit more.

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