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Please note: Our price includes accessory tray, steel spreader chain and double clamps for extra security.
Wood has a number of properties that make it the ideal material for supporting astronomy mounts. Not only does it look fantastic and is warm to the touch (great for cold winter nights under the stars) but Ash wood in particular has excellent vibration damping characteristics, which is why it is used for hammer handles and Berlebach tripods.
The Berlebach Uni-18 and Uni-28 are the most popular models for use with the Skywatcher HEQ5 and EQ6 series mounts. With the included attachable tray (37 cm) an angle of inclination of approximately 23° can be achieved. A steel spreader chain is also supplied.
If you are familiar only with steel pipe tripods then you are in for a treat!
I recently purchased a Uni 28 for use with an Altair Sabre (M10/HEQ5) mount. I can safely say Its a solid base, and its vibration dampening qualities (even on concrete) makes pleasurable viewing across all magnifications. If you add the right mount for you, you will probably never feel the need to look for any more. Up from this would probably be the Losmandy AZ8, but the price jump is significant and the Berlebach performs well beyond expectations.
I recently purchased the UNI-28 (HEQ5) version of this tripod for use with a Tele-Optic Ercole Alt-Az mount. The tripod is a thing of beauty - excellently put together and as solid as a rock. The dampening when using a long refractor is extremely impressive and gentle tweaks on the focuser are no longer an issue. This is beyond doubt one of the best astro purchases I have made.
Berlebach Stainless Steel Spikes for Astronomy Tripods£12.00
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