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    Default Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?



    I need a new tripod and in the future I want to buy a Star Adventurer mount head. I know zilch about tripods, I'd like it to be high enough that I can see the DSLR viewscreen easily (I'm 5'4"). Sturdy enough to hold the mounthead + D90 + 300mm lens weight yet not so heavy that I can't hike it up a steep hill with all my other gear. What features should I be looking for? Thanks all
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    Default Re: Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?

    Sorry about the delay in anyone getting back to you.

    I'm no expert on tripods, but I'd think that if you got a good heavy-duty photographic tripod like something from Manfrotto that you should do OK. That's what I'd try.
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    If you want to keep the weight down, look at carbon fibre tripods from the likes of manfrotto and Gitzo - personally, I prefer the manfrotto flip leg locks over the Gitzo twist ones. CF is more expensive than the normal metal ones, but noticeably lighter - and doesn't freeze your fingers off when packing up after a cold night .
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    Default Re: Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?

    Check out the Induro 413 AT. Its mostly magnesium so it nice and light. Also very tall if you extend all the legs. 3 position legs allow you to spread the legs out for windy or overbalanced conditions. And with the extra reach you aren't going to be on your knees to use it with the spread legs. I have my Losmandy Starlapse mounted on one using a modified astrotrac wedge. The only thing I do to it to use for AP is change out the ends of the legs to the spikes that come with the mount. I think I paid 230 for mine. I have 3 tripods 2 Manfrottos and the Induro and the Induro beats the other two hands down.

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    Default Re: Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?

    Look to the Benro products as well - I LOVE my Benro Travel Angel. Very Sturdy, yet also Very Compact compared to the others... And rather less expensive...
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    Default Re: Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?

    Quote Originally Posted by alchimaera View Post
    ...in the future I want to buy a Star Adventurer mount head...
    Wow !!
    Nice Piece of Gear !!

    It looks like the Losmandy Starlapse - but with additional Computerized Logic AND additional Optics Connectivity Options !! And all at the price of a AstroTrac !!
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    Default Re: Which tripod for Skywatcher Star Adventurer?

    No comparison to the Losmandy. I was looking at the Star Adventurer. Lots of gears lots of slop. Not enough weight capacity. No ability to buy the Dec axis and go to a full mount if you want. Put the two side by side and the extra 200 bucks won't mean a thing.

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