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  1. Hello there, I am putting together an AZ mount for a Altair 102F11 refractor that is enough stable for the OTA (100cm long OTA, 120 with extended dew shield) yet somehow portable since I will be using it from the roof of and old building with narrow stairways and flies, and a small elevator. As I have mentioned in other thread here I have in mind to purchase the Giro Ercole plus some tripod, and I think the German wooden Berlebach would be a nice match for the Ercole and the 102F11. I have been recommended that for such relatively long OTA the taller the tripod is, the best choice it would be and I agree, since I would like to have a comfortable viewing experience. I need to decide between three Berlebach tripods and would like to have your experienced recommendation/opinion among these following tripods: 1. Astro Tripod Report 372 (only 3 Kg): height 82-141 cm, 18Kgs payload plus double clamping for better damping and possibly a pillar extension (full column) http://tinyurl.com/z4g68kj 2. Astro Tripod Report 472 (3.4 Kg): height 93-164 cm, 15Kgs payload plus double clamping for better damping and possibly a pillar extension (half column) http://tinyurl.com/z9nr9t8 3. Astro tripod UNI 28 (9 Kg): height 100-163 cm, 50Kg payload plus double clamping for better damping and possibly a pillar extension (full column) http://tinyurl.com/js6bzqf I anticipate that the Uni 28 would be obviously the most stable but I wonder if is worthy the extra weight and less portability, the hassle to take it to the roof and the extra room to store it in a small flat compared with the other twos? Or the TS102F11 really needs the rigidity and extra damping characteristics of the Uni28? Can a Report and the Ercole manage to make a stable and smooth mount for the F11 refractor? I like to observe double stars and planetary so I will be pushing the magnification of the telescope. I don't want to go with a GEM just yet. But perhaps in the future, so the tripod should be able to accommodate a GEM like and EQ5 or something in this kind too. Please I would greatly appreciate your inputs, Cheers from Barcelona
  2. I have for sale ultra large camera wooden tripod. With central column and height above 2m. Weight 7kg and supports 30 kg. The head is not included. I will calculate shipping after exact address. The tripod is located in Sofia. Price is £220.
  3. Not quite a review - yet - but more of a just-after-unboxing session. Having ordered a Borg 71FL from our friends at FLO, I was gleefully contemplating using it in tandem with my TV-60. Having passed on both the Ercole and the Ercole Mini, both having honorably served but having been superseded by the Losmandy AZ8, I was left with the AZ8 as the only option which is somewhat less mobile (I know of and respect those of you who have no qualms hauling around much heavier, bulkier mounts, but just bear with me). So, as perhaps something of an implulse buy, the Castor was ordered directly from Berlebach. Why not another Ercole Mini, you may ask; I think it was to try something perhaps a bit smaller / lighter. Why not a Giro GR-2 Mini, you may then ask; I like the look of that one as well, and it has a discerning following, so I guess it came down to the Castor seeming a bit more substantial. Then why not a....shush already! But why directly from Berlebach? Well, they offer a version with the non-marring dovetail clamp ("with shoe"), which helps me through my bouts of OCD. But reviews of this mount are few - none that I've found, actually - and it's only through a response from fellow stargeezer @Stargazer McCabe (thanks Mac) that I managed to track down some actual user info - not positive. It seems that the Ercole Mini is superior when it comes to smoothness. Oops, I thought to myself, with the Castor already winging its way to me from Eastern Germany. Drat, should have sprung for another Ercole Mini. Oh well. I suppose I can return it. So it arrived today, and surprise: it's the Castor II! It says so on the tin. Even the Berlebach website doesn't mention this at all, so I'm at a loss as to what the difference is between this and the Mark I. But II must be better, right? First impressions are good. Excellent build quality, indeed a bit lighter and more compact than the Ercole Mini - but not much. Still substantial enough to instill confidence. And the action is...well, it seems just as good as the Ercole Mini was, at least in my memory. So is the Mark II so much better than the Mark I? Who's to say? There's much to attribute to personal preference in such matters and I have yet to use it out under the stars (it was delivered with the customary complimentary cloud cover). But I was in dread of opening the box and immediately having to fill in a return form and that I won't be doing. To be continued.
  4. Hi All, Unfortunately for me, my son shares my passion for cycling, so to raise funds for bikes a major clear out is in order: Berlebach UNI 28 wooden tripod - £230.00. It was bought from Germany and is in superb condition. Sold SkyTee-2 mount with extended controls as well as all original knobs - £130.00. Also in superb condition. Due to the size and weight of these items, cash on collection preferred. Cheers, Jon
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