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My astronomy project:
Star Adventurer, new tripod modification


Content:

  1. New tripod
  2. Modify the tripod to be more compact
  3. Different setups
  4. Removing of the outer legs
  5. Replacing the center column

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I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information on your own risk!


4: Removing the outer legs

Today I went to the shop and bought 4 plastic end stops.

Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

My plan is to remove the three outer legs, I don't use them. Don't need that height and they are too weak also.


Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

It's easy to remove the outer leg. The locking mechanism weight a lot.


Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

Now it's just to put on the plastic stop.


Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

Fits perfect!


Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

After removing the outer legs and its locking mechanism it's much lighter.


Manfrotto 144 tripod to Star Adventurer

From 2.2 to 1.7 kg.

Item Weight Comment
Tripod 1.7 kg  
Star Adventurer head 1.75 kg The wedge is not stable enough
Balance weight with holder 1.7 kg Gives better control of the DEC position
Camera Canon 6D with 300 mm lens 2.15 kg  
Total 7.3 kg  

Saved almost 0.5 kg and it's a little bit more stable.

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