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Celestron Heavy-Duty Altazimuth Tripod

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  • Extendable aluminum tripod legs with heavy-duty mount head
  • Sliding 1/4-inch-20 mounting screw
  • Flexible slow-motion cables for both altitude and azimuth
  • 45 Inch maximum extended height
  • 32 Inch folded height
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Celestron wants to be known as a company that puts quality first in all aspects of its business. It is a complete company, working to make the best possible products backed up by the best possible product support. Because of this commitment to quality, Celestron organized its efforts to manufacture products from the inside out - starting with the most important internal components to the external touches that set the look of products apart. Celestron's overall mission is to provide the highest quality products at a competitive price. PRODUCT FEATURES: Extendable aluminum tripod legs with heavy duty mount head; Sliding ?"-20 mounting screw; Flexible slow motion cables for both altitude and azimuth; Max extended height - 45 inches; Folded height - 32 inches. This product is designed for the following systems: SkyMaster 20x80 and 25x100 binoculars; Ultima 80 and 100 Spotting scopes; C90 and C130 Mak Spotting scopes; C5 Spotting scope. For a complete compatibility list please refer to the original manufacturer's web site.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches ; 11 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0007UQNY0
  • Item model number: 93607
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 5, 2004

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Troy Riedel on January 17, 2012
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I bought this tripod to mount 25x100mm astronomical binoculars. The binoculars weigh 10.3 lbs. I bought this tripod because the vendor recommended this when I purchased the binoculars. Being an experienced observer, I should have researched the tripod instead of blindly buying it due to the vendor's recommendation & the Celestron name.

Positives: Minus the very cheesy, lightweight aluminum eyepiece tray that bends & dents by just looking at it (which I do not need since I use this for astronomical binoculars), this tripod is well-built and rock solid. Unlike some reviewers, I did not have any issues with "play" as the mounted binoculars are very secure & steady.

Negatives: The tripod, for astronomical purposes, is extremely limited in its usefulness. I would argue the name of the tripod - "Altazimuth Tripod" - to be misleading The tripod is really an azimuth tripod. Azimuth is equivalent to panning a mounted camera and refers to movement left and right - as in 360-degree rotation per compass bearings. What I didn't initially realize is that it is not made for altitude movement in that (1) You cannot observe anything high in the sky; and (2) the limited [altitude] movement it does have requires a wrench to change the altitude screw. To be perfectly clear, it is impossible to view anything overhead - and in fact anything higher than 25-30-degrees is quite uncomfortable if not impossible.

If one lives on a shoreline - and wishes to use this tripod for terrestrial viewing to observe ships offshore along the horizon - this is a very stable tripod. But for use with astronomical binoculars for celestial observation, the extremely limited altitude movement makes this tripod impractical.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Technology Guy on June 14, 2006
All metal construction (except for the knobs) make this a solid mount for a small to medium sized scope. I found very little problem with vibration using a C90 spotting scope at high powers. The sliding 1/4-20 mounting screw allows the scope to be balanced properly. The 1/4-20 adapter also appears to be removable in order to use scope rings or other mounting methods. The fine adjustment knobs offer limited range but precise adjustments for aiming a scope under high power or for tracking distant objects. The fine adjustment knobs are also connected by cables minimizing vibrations and a possible source of misalignment.

A minor quibble with the design of this tripod is the screw-in eyepiece holder which serves to add additional rigidity to the legs. I would have preferred a built-in locking mechanism instead. Another quibble is that the East-West panning axis must be locked for the fine controls to function properly.

The only major complaint I have - and I would have given this tripod 5 stars otherwise - is the design of the altitude/tilting mechanism. While the head can be locked for panning East-West, there is no corresponding up-down tilt locking mechanism. The head only offers a fixed tension for up-down tilting and no lock, unlike typical camera tripod heads (I believe you may be able to actually adjust the tension with a wrench but there is no knob or handle for doing this at will). Furthermore, there is no handle of any sort so in order to tilt the scope up or down, you must push and pull the scope itself to point it up and down which can put a great deal of stress on the single 1/4-20 mounting point. The ease of use of this tripod would have been much better with an adjustable locking tension knob or handle.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T. Conrad on October 22, 2006
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It arrived in good shape, on time. It works fairly well with a Celestron C5, with one major problem. The elevation fine adjust has a huge amount of play, several degrees. The big adjustment screw has a preload or at least an end play adjustment, but the real problem comes from the nut in the middle of this screw. It can move around. The tiny phillips head screw that holds this part in place doesn't do much and eventually worked itself loose again. It may be missing a part, the tripod arrived with no instructions or drawings of any kind. The azimuth fine adjust did not have this problem.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Aldous on May 17, 2006
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I agree with the two previous reviewers. There needs to be a user manual and there isn't one. The fine adjustment will adjust the vertical angle maybe 15 degrees. This isn't very helpful for star gazing. The maximum height of the tripod is only 45 inches. This is an uncomfortable height for looking through binoculars while standing. Celestron should have a users guide showing how their tripod and binoculars are supposed to work together.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SWoftheRockies on October 21, 2008
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Bought this for my Celestron SkyMaster 100x25 binoculars. Bad choice (binoculars were a bad choice too). With the mounting screw firmly attached to the binocs, it still has a lot of play. Maybe with lighter binocs or a balanced scope it would work better, but this the the recommended tripod for the SkyMaster 100x25.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Repatriated Amazon Customer on July 14, 2007
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I'm not satisfied with this prduct. I bought it on trusting the Celestron product team. I wanted it to work well with the SkyMaster 25x100 bino. The parts and construction of the tripod have too many cheap metal and cheap plastic parts for cost of the product. I question how reliable and long lasting the core worm drives will be. As noted by other buyers the legs are too short and there seems to be no easy way to get around this with a table, etc. I now wonder if Amazon would buy it back? Also how will I find a suitable triod with having to buy it first? Amazon sold this to me for $99, now less than one month later the price is $35. $35 is more appropriate but possibly not worth the annoyances.
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