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Posted by Jim Walczak on February 18, 2004 06:10:18 UTC

I know I'm a little late on this post...just found this forum this afternoon, but since no one answered, I'll give you my two cents worth :-)

I just bought a DS 2114 ATS this week, and the tripod seems very nice and stable! Compaired to the other piece of junk I had...an Edu-Science scope I had gotten from a local department store, the Meade tripod just rocks! The guy at the photo store where I bought the scope from called it a "field tripod"..it has rubber, pointed tip feet and looks like it will basically sit on any surface. The only problem I had with the tripod itself, was during the basic setup/assembly...the legs didn't want to pull out! It took a little "persuading", but I finally got it and now I just don't put them all the way back in...I just leave them out about an inch or so. The support pieces that hold the accessory tray could be a little heavier (IMHO), but they do their job well. Other then that, I haven't noticed any movment while I'm viewing at all (barring leaning into the scope/pod of course). There is a little vibration coming from the motor that is noticable using a higher zoom...a Barlow 2x with the 9mm lens (which should be a 222x zoom if I'm not mistaken), but its not noticable on any of the lower mag's and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the tripod itself...again, it seems really nice and stable.

I know this is a little late, but I hope it helps ya!

Bright Blessings,
Jim

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