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Old 07-05-2021, 10:25 PM
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adjustable base for Skywatcher

Hi Chris,

Long time no hear. Hope you're well.

The problem with a regular tripod is that unless you have a really solid one, a star adventurer puts a lot of stress and results in a lot of flexure so that even if you can adjust it, it can sag usually at the centre post connection.

I recommend use of a builders tripod to students in my astrophotography courses. Available from hardware and tool suppliers, they are very solid and designed to hold dumpy levels and much much cheaper than comparably solid camera tripods. Then either a Skywatcher equatorial wedge, or a solid wood wedge with an adjustable top using a strong door hinge or gate hinge and T nut as described in an earlier post.

Joe Cali
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