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Re: Tripods For Homemade Telescopes

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Posted by George Ivan on November 30, 1998 07:58:59 UTC

I made an F/8 6" reflector just like you and also a pedistal Base. The scope was too heavy and would wobble in a breeze. I'm now making a Dobsonian mount. This however will not have a clock drive to keep images in the field of view. It's hard to find a tripod heavy enough for a 6" long tube reflector. Orion has good tripods but the one which might handle my scope costs $ 999. We live in a light polluted area and I have found that refractors are the best scope in these areas. Reflectors are better and less expensive, but too much light polution makes refractors better. Therefore I'm going to use the reflector for deep space viewing and a short tube 80 ($ 229 ) with a skyview equatorial deluxe tripod ($ 229 )for the Moon, Planets and some Messier viewing. Hope this helps you.

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