Mounts and Tripods

Questar

The Questar includes an integrated fork mount and 9 Volt battery powered clock drive. I've used a Davis and Sanford Tripod model C/BB with a custom built wedge for the Questar. You can learn how to make the wedge. Here's the Questar taking images of Mars at opposition:

More recently I've switched to using a Skywatcher adjustable wedge and Manfrotto tripod. This combination makes it easier to make find adjustments and increased the stiffness of the mount. I compare these wedges and tripods along with some sample images in a post in my blog.

Vixen Polarie

In addition to the Questar with its built in fork mount, I also use the a6300 with a Vixen Polarie mount and both wide angle and telephoto lenses. This makes a near a near ideal ultra light weight package for nightscape and time lapse photography. I usually mount the Polarie on a classic Tiltall tripod made by Marchioni in New Jersey. The Tiltall is a classic lightweight tripod, but lacks cross braces for the legs making it less stiff with heavy loads like a telescope.

Content created: 2015-05-18 and last modified: 2017-03-16

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