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Tripod for C130 Mak for City-viewing and stargazing

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Tripod for C130 Mak for City-viewing and stargazing

Postby Maciek on Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:45 am


I've got a Celestron C130 Mak mounted on Celestron's heavy duty alt-azimuth tripod. It's been a great setup for stargazing so far, but I'd like the setup to serve dual duty for city-viewing as well. I'm viewing from the 45th story of a high rise building in the middle of a large city and have a lot of interesting sights to see below the horizon. My Alt-A tripod doesn't easily go any lower than the horizon, so I'm wondering if there's a tripod that can allow me to look down at city scenes and hold this beast of a scope steady.

Any ideas?
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Re: Tripod for C130 Mak for City-viewing and stargazing

Postby Jne_K on Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:38 pm


A standard video head will allow you to point the scope nearly straight down, if you wish, but you sacrifice slow motion controls. However, if you get a good video head,like a Bogen, it will be smooth enough to by-pass that feature.

Just be sure to get a head that is heavy enough to do a good job of support. I can't stress this enough with a scope that size. In a Bogen, that will be the 128RC or 701RC. Nothing smaller. A great choice is a Bogen kit (kit in Bogen lingo means you get the head and legs, tripod in Bogen talk means legs, only). Try the 055XDB, 128RC Yes, this is a more expensive tripod, but it what I would recommend for any scope that size and it is a far better grade of product than the Celestron tripod.
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