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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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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    I made a few tripods myself earlier ... one for a Celestron AVX and one for a Atlas EQ-G. If you have the right tools, it's actually pretty easy.

    Anyway, interested to see what you come up with.

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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    A few years ago I built a wooden tripod from the link that Gaby posted, the stability of wood over aluminum legs was well worth the effort. My mount is different from yours where the legs attach, your project would be different. You have probably already noticed that with the Berlebach style, each leg is made from three pieces, the outer two attach to the head, the middle one doesn't. Your mount is different, the middle piece would attach to the head, inside the lugs. You would need to modify the Berlebach style a little, but it is a project that could give you a more stable mount.

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    Default Re: Buidling a wooden tripod.

    You can buy the tops to match a variety of mounts for a Berlebach Planet or UNI tripod. This is the most difficult part to DIY. Then you only have to make the wooden legs.

    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...Q5-mounts.html

    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...cher-HEQ5.html

    You can buy other Belebach tripod parts like leg clamps listed on this page -
    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...hdas/OK/page/2

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