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Ball heads for camera piggyback


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I've been thinking about the best way to mount a camera piggyback on the scope, and thought the best would be to just get a ball and socket tripod head and attach it to the piggyback bracket on skywatcher tube rings. Has anyone done this and can recommend it?

Do ball heads usually have locking screws for the pan axis?

Last Q: what model around £30?

Cheers

Andrew

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The chaeper ball heads dont have a pan axis as such the ball just rotates in the socket... like everything you get what you pay for...

I like the Manfroto ones but they are a bit more that £30....

Jessops -

Peter

Sorry to jump in on this thread.....

How do attach it to the bracket ? does it have a 1/4 inch thread on the under side ?

Cheers

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It either has a 3/8" thread or 1/4" thread. If the former, no worries - thread adaptors are readily available.

I found a Velbon QHD-51Q for £25 and it's a super piece of kit - very pleased :)

Andrew

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I have used a ball head, but I made the mistake of buying a cheap one from Jessops. Not strong enough to hold a DSLR - the bit that is supposed to rotate stays still when locked, but the base where it attaches to the thread on the tube rings slowly rotates. But like I say, that is their really cheap version, £10 or something.

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It either has a 3/8" thread or 1/4" thread. If the former, no worries - thread adaptors are readily available.

I found a Velbon QHD-51Q for £25 and it's a super piece of kit - very pleased :p

Andrew

Sorry, but does that mean the Velbon QHD-51Q has screw thread on the underside ?

thanks :)

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