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    Default Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?



    Hi,


    I have a cheap but solid tripod for the price I paid, but the head is not removable. I plan to buy either a star aventurer or skytracker pro por some astrophotos. Would I be able to attach the mount where I normally put the camera ot do I need to buy a ne tripod with a removable head?

    Here is the tripod that I have : https://www.amazon.ca/AmazonBasics-6...8404082&sr=1-1


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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    I have almost the exact same tripod, here it's sold under the name Hama 63. The tripod itself is not that bad for it's price, but the head is flimsy. A little bit of wind can be enough to make the camera shake. But if you are a bit handy you can remove that head. If you tilt the head up, you will see a round "plug". With a bit of force and pliers, you can pull that plug out en remove the head but it is possible to break the head, so be careful. With some wood and a few bolts, you can mount a piece of wood on the shaft of the tripod and add a 1/4 inch screw. I've done this to mount my skywatcher alt az gti mount. It worked.... barely. It was frustratingly shaky and even with only a 35mm lens it was just adequate to try some basic video astronomy.
    If you don't mind the risk, you can give it a try, but ultimately, I think you will be disappointed and you will need a bigger sturdier tripod. If you buy one, look for a tripod without, or with a removable head so you can screw the tracker directly on the tripod.
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Thank you, that's what I thought. I'll look for a better tripod with a removable head when I'll buy it.

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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    This is what I have for my Star Adventurer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MT0...=manfrotto+550

    It is pricey but worth it. I was having all sorts of problems with a cheaper carbon fiber tripod.
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Quote Originally Posted by gcisko View Post
    This is what I have for my Star Adventurer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MT0...=manfrotto+550

    It is pricey but worth it. I was having all sorts of problems with a cheaper carbon fiber tripod.
    That's a Manfrotto "055" series. The two most popular Manfrotto's (a high-end name in serious tripods) are the "190" series and the "055" series. The "055" is the beefier series.

    I have an "057" series which is an even beefier line (they are larger, heavier and also cost more ...so they aren't as popular.)

    You can also hang a weight to the tripod (often there's a hook on the bottom of the center column... but even if there isn't you can wrap a bungee around the shoulder assembly and hook it to a bag... like your camera bag. That makes it less likely that windy can shake it during long exposures.
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Builders / surveyors tripods available from hardware outlets are very solid and relatively inexpensive.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/FIBERGLASS-...-/322419046772

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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Keep an eye out for Manfrotto on eBay. I bought a 'headless' 028 (which is really intended as a studio tripod) for about 25% the cost of a new one.
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Thank you all! I'll definitely buy another tripod, just wanted to know if I can use my existing tripod for tracking. You can close the thread

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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Go with an iOptron Skyguider Pro over the Star Adventurer. I tried both and the Skywatcher equivalents where a real letdown in build quality for the price. Way too much plastic that doesn't fit together well.
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod and star aventurer / skytracker pro?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leveye View Post
    Go with an iOptron Skyguider Pro over the Star Adventurer. I tried both and the Skywatcher equivalents where a real letdown in build quality for the price. Way too much plastic that doesn't fit together well.
    Really? I don't know anyone who's had a problem with build quality - except maybe the illuminator for the Polar Scope. I can't comment on the SkyGuider though, but the SA is fine.
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