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OK for daytime use, arkward for star gazing
on January 12, 2015
The Tripod is basically a photography tripod, beefed up a bit for heavier items. During daytime watching with a telescope its OK and the corect orientation movements make it easy for firsttimer, but for star gazing above half height of the horizon it gets really arkward. ALso for the wheight of the telescope you can NOT smoothly track planets or stars. There is a tension adjuster, but its not working out to be smooth - I usually finderscope the place I am interested in, hold the whole assembly to make sure I can see it in telescope, tighten it down and hope that it will show somewhere (usually not in teh middle).
On the plus, its fairly light and even together with the telescope, you can simply carry the whole thing around (in fact, movinbg the legs on the pavement is sometimes easier for adjustment than using the intended bar handle). Its sturdy, there is no risk the telescope will topple.
Would not buy again, but I have no beter one in mind either.