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    Default Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM



    I bought https://www.meade.com/adventure-scope-80mm.html. I am beginner in astronomy. I am happy with this telescope but I am disappointed with the tripod. It is not stable and the observing with large magnification is very uncomfortable. Could someone recommended me a good but not much expensive tripod for this telescope? I preffer azimuth mount.

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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    In the photo of that scope there appears to be a hook between the spreader legs. I have heard that some folks hang weight from the hook to help dampen vibration. Hope this helps. Bill
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    I'd try the weight trick first as burris points out. Either hang a sandbag from the hook or some weights (one barbell) or other weights like you can pick up at Harbor Freight. If this fails consider a new mount. The last thing you want is a shaky mount. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Quote Originally Posted by machack.j View Post
    Could someone recommended me a good but not much expensive
    Not really. As with most things, you get what you pay for. You have found a very affordable set up with a scope that performs pretty good.

    Why was the set up so affordable? Because it comes with a CHEAP ineffective mount. In order for you to get a mount sturdy enough to hold your scope STEADY and have slow motion controls (IMPORTANT!!), you will need to spend some money, probably at least as much as you spent on the scope. But if you do that, you will find that the scope is likely even better than you think it is now, especially if you also upgrade your eyepieces (providing that you haven't already done that).

    Something like this would be a bare minimum and really I would want something more robust, but this will support the scope and give you slow motion controls.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...Telescope.html

    This would be much, much better.
    https://www.highpointscientific.com/...ripod-maz01-00
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Your best bet is to look for a used photo tripod with fluid head on eBay.

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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Your best bet is to look for a used photo tripod with fluid head on eBay.
    Probably the most affordable way to get a good stable platform, way better than the supplied "mount".
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Probably the most affordable way to get a good stable platform, way better than the supplied "mount".
    I got a nice head/legs combo under $100 of eBay. I use it with my 80mm, but it could handle even 120ST
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Quote Originally Posted by machack.j View Post
    I bought https://www.meade.com/adventure-scope-80mm.html. I am beginner in astronomy. I am happy with this telescope but I am disappointed with the tripod. It is not stable and the observing with large magnification is very uncomfortable. Could someone recommended me a good but not much expensive tripod for this telescope? I preffer azimuth mount.
    You have a nice little scope that is excellent for deep sky objects especially! Unfortunately, the tripod that is supplied is horrible! I know because I own the same scope, but I do like the backpack! I gave the tripod to a second-hand store.

    As other forum members have pointed out, you must upgrade it starting with the mount. I was able to find a better but not great camera tripod for $10 at a second-hand store called Goodwill until I can afford a better mount for it. I agree with Ozman13, as he is pointing you in the right direction for upgraded eyepieces and a better mount!

    Whatever you do, don't discard the telescope itself! It is a clone of the Orion ST80, and a few members on this forum have upgraded and improved their 80mm f/5 refractors.

    I have improved mine with a tune-up on the focuser by taking it apart, removing all the cheap grease on the focusing mechanism (it was getting all over my hands and was a dark gray color) and replacing it with a small amount (a little goes a long way) of lithium grease and now it moves much smoother. I adjusted the thumb-screw on top of the focuser a little tighter which helped as well.

    I also removed the dew-shield and front lens assembly from the tube when the focuser was removed and then spray-painted the inside of the tube and dew-shield with a flat black paint to improve the contrast for a better view.

    I replaced the 1.25" star diagonal with an all-metal older one by Meade that I already owned. I own some plossl and Meade super-plossl eyepieces that are better than the eyepieces supplied with the scope, but my favorite eyepiece for this telescope is an Orion 9mm, 66 degree Expanse eyepiece. None of these eyepieces cost me more than $30 (most were included with other scope purchases) and I have heard that GSO makes some nice eyepieces for the money.
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    Here is a great review of your scope here on the forum:
    Review: Meade Adventure Scope 80mm refractor

    I hope this helps!
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    Default Re: Tripod for ADVENTURE SCOPE 80MM

    I bought this for my new 80mm Adv. Scope a few weeks ago. I like it. The one with 4-section legs is about $20 less, I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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