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    Default Buidling a wooden tripod.



    Hi all,

    I have an AZ-EQ5 mount. The head of the mount is wonderful, but i feel it is a bit let down by its tripod. (well the semi pillar tripod, wonderfully portable, but imho a bit unstable)

    Has anybody have any expierience building some Berlebach-like wooden tripod ?

    As for the wood an presumably metal work: we have a social-atelier in the city where you can, for a minimal fee, with help on your project use a lot of woodworking, metalworking machines. This is not something I'm going to try in my apartment with just some saws and a had held drill :-). (there is also a free Fablab with laser cutting and basic 3-d printing equipment, but i think this is of less utility for this project)

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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    Here is a fixed length one though there are many different plans available online. Good luck and enjoy the project
    https://www.cloudynights.com/article...d-tripod-r1270
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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    Thanks a lot Gaby !
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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    Just for fun, take a look at my DIY tripod, made from crutches:

    http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...-gt-mount.html

    Like I said, it's just for fun... If I were to do it again, I think I'd go for children's crutches. Even at the shortest height, I felt the adult crutches were a bit too wiggly. But it worked!

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    I made one some years ago. I made the legs out of parallel pieces similar to the examples already shown. You need to made the top piece that joins the legs really solid. I made mine out of maple a strong light wood. It was a bit fiddly cutting the mitres and I glued it all together using super strength epoxy. Very solid when it was finished. Mine was a smaller tripod but it is scaleable. For a large EQ I'd use 4"x2" for the legs and head.

    I drew up this diagram in Photoshop. The diagram is a top view of the top piece.

    http://joe-cali.com/astronomy/graphics/tripod-top.jpg

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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    Here is the same thing drawn in 3D

    http://joe-cali.com/astronomy/graphi...pod-top-3D.jpg
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