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I've been hanging onto this mount for a while, but not really bothered using it since I got the NEQ6. thinking of getting a new scope for visual later this year, and will a) need the money and need something bigger than the EQ3-2...so here it is up for sale again. I got it a year and a bit ago from FLO in clearance. It is missing the polar scope cover and doesn't come with any form of dovetail. One of the leg clamps has cracked, but I have secured it with a heavy duty rubber band and it still works fine - I have not had any trouble with it. the legs are filled with sand to aid stability. All the counterweights, accessory tray and slow-motion controls are included. The mount currently has a polar scope fitted and I also have the RA motor installed for long exposure AP - I have managed to push it to over 2 minutes, but that is at the limit. But it is a good mount for getting started with or for widefield photography with a DSLR. It won't get you taking the glorious pictures you see some of the members here coming up with, but it is a cheap way to have a go and see if it is for you or for grab-and-go widefield. It all cost me about £220 so, bearing this in mind, and the damage. Would accept £130 for the whole lot. Collection preferable, but happy to look into postage, although I suspect that will be over £10 easily. Delivery/meeting half-way could be "doable" as well depending on location. Prefer to sell as one lot, but would consider splitting.... tripod and Mount £70 RA Motor £40 Polar Scope £ 25 (again plus postage) While looking for this under the bed I also found a couple of Skywatcher eyepieces (the ones that come free with your scope) - 10mm and 25mm. These seem to be around £6-8 on Astro boot, so would be asking £13 for both including posting, or £6 inc. postage for one. And, finally, I found this Hanhnel BH-40 Ball-Head I used when building a barn-door tracker a while back - don't use it now, so no use to me. It is in great condition and has a screw in adapter on the base to fit thick and thin threads. Think these are about £25 now, so £17 including postage Thanks for looking Mark
I managed to get hold of a used Manfrotto 222 trigger-grip head on FleaBay for a reasonable price. It arrived today, so I've been comparing it to the Weifeng WT011H (branded Konig/Olivon/Camrock/DynaSun/etc.) that we all seem to be using. Overall impression is that, where the Weifeng oozes basic utilitarianism, the Manfrotto oozes quality and class. It's matte black powder-coated, so it feels warmer (and softer) to the touch -- no doubt this will change inuse it under a clear night where it will radiatively cool much quicker than the Weifeng.The Manfrotto ball is very much smoother. Visually, the Weifeng ball has ridges, and these manifest as a change in ball-tension in different parts of the motion. The Manfrotto ball-tension is uniform.The Manfrotto has a tension-adjust that adjusts the ball-tension when the grip is operated, from "none at all" to "good - the binoculars won't slip and bash my nose as I try to adjust the elevation". No such niceties on the Weifeng.The Manfrotto base is slightly larger and has a knurled rim. This allows it to be more easily tightened onto the monopod.The Manfrotto operating plunger is partly external, making it potentially more vulnerable than the entirely internal Weifeng mechanism.The Manfrotto QR plate is smaller and has no video pin.The Manfrotto QR plate release lever mechanism is external, making it potentially more vulnerable than the entirely internal Weifeng mechanism.The Manfrotto QR plate lock is a tiny brass thumb-lever; the Weifeng lock is a knurled thumbscrew.Overall, the Manfrotto is clearly the better head -- as it should be at around three times the price. However, bits of it are a bit more vulnerable to damage than is the case with the Weifeng, so more care will need to be taken with storage and transport. Is it worth the extra? Hard to say: I wouldn't have paid full price for it and I won't be getting rid of the Weifeng, but I really do appreciate the better quality of the Manfrotto.