Sky-Watcher 3/8'' Stainless Steel Tripod

Sky-Watcher 3/8" Stainless Steel Tripod

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About this product

Model:  sw_tripod_3-8_stainless_steel_tripod
Part Number:  20316

A heavy-duty tripod with 1.75" diameter stainless steel legs and a centre bolt connector with 3/8" tripod thread. 

Can be used to upgrade the standard aluminium tripod supplied with Sky-Watcher's AZ5, AZ Pronto, AZ-GTi, & AZ-EQ Avant mount/telescope models, providing much greater stability.  Also suitable for use with the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer mount. 

Includes accessory tray/spreader. 

Tripod extends from 83.5cm to 115cm. Can be used with Sky-Watcher's 21.5cm extension tube (code 20313). 

Customer reviews

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Excellent tripod arrived perfectly to Australia
Tuesday, 1 February 2022  | 

The tripod is exactly as described and high quality. I wanted to post a review to praise First Light Optics for always delivering quickly to Australia. This tripod went from the UK to the USA and then to Australia. I still received it in a week in perfect condition.

Regular customer of FLO on the other side of the World. Thanks again for a flawless product.

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A very sturdy tripod
Monday, 17 January 2022  | 

I bought this tripod to go with the Sky-Watcher AZ5 Deluxe Alt-Az mount. Initially I wanted to use the mount with my Manfrotto 055 tripod but it was clear this would not be suitable. I didn't feel comfortable sitting a telescope on top! So, onto a better tripod. The Sky-Watcher stainless steel tripod is like a fully grown tripod compared to the childlike Manfrotto. It exudes sturdiness without feeling too cumbersome. It's heavy but not overly so. As with all Sky-Watcher equipment I've had, the machining is well done with no signs corners have been cut during manufacturing. This tripod will likely last many years.

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Monster tripod
Tuesday, 14 December 2021  | 

Rock solid heavyweight tripod. Very good value.

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Bomb proof tripod
Tuesday, 14 December 2021  | 

This tripod has it's weight but is probably indestructible. Extremely durable, it won't fall over no matter how hard you try. I needed some minutes to get how to attach my star adventurer. Probably not for going on hikes and taking it with you will not be the easiest thing.

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Solid base for AZ GTi, but not compact
Sunday, 21 November 2021  | 

I bought an AZ GTi to have a more portable setup but found that my Manfrotto 190 aluminium tripod wasn’t really stable enough. I had previously owned a Meade telescope with tripod with 2” legs so had some idea what to expect from this tripod, but still was a bit surprised when I first opened the box. The unextended minimum length of the tripod legs is around 96cm, so this does not fold up to be particularly compact. Put the Skywatcher AZ extension tube on top and you have a nearly 4–foot tall object to store! Not a problem as such, I just hadn’t worked it out by looking at the specs - and it considerably taller than my old Meade tripod. On the plus side, you have a very comfortable working height without extending the legs. Another minor gripe is that the spreader plate is not shaped so that you can unlock it without having to fully remove the clamping bolt. Again, on the Meade you could leave the spreader plate connected, but rotate it a bit and fold the tripod up into a small footprint. One less thing to have to assemble when getting setup.

In use, I have found this tripod very solid and vibrations to the (61mm) telescope on AZ GTi stop in around 2 seconds. At around 6kg in weight, it’s solid but not too heavy to move.

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Thursday, 10 June 2021  | 

Upgrade for the wife's Star adventure pro 2i. Very sturdy and well made.

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Solid sturdy tripod
Wednesday, 9 June 2021  | 

I got this instead of the discontinued iOptron one for my SkyGuider Pro. It’s perfect for me, very solid and I managed guiding within ~0.8” rms so couldn’t ask for more really. Some reviews mention the weight as a drawback but, for me, it weighs as it looks and, unless you’re wanting to hike through the woods with it, it shouldn’t put you off. Certainly my SkyGuider Pro, WO base wedge, camera and lens/scope weigh much more.

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Rock solid
Tuesday, 8 June 2021  | 

Absolutely great bit of kit. Makes my Manfrotto look like 3 matchsticks. Solid base for WO wedge and a star adventurer. Great service from FLO.

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3/8 “ tripod
Friday, 4 June 2021  | 

The tripod while heavy duty, it is perfect for the skywatcher adventurer. While unable to test it outside under the stars, it will be a great addition to my equipment. The staff at FLO were terrific in keeping me advised of developments of the transportation of the item. There have also help in relation to other small items which was great. Keep up the good work.

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Sky-Watcher 3/8" Stainless Steel Tripod
Tuesday, 12 January 2021  | 

Upgraded from the aluminium tripod for the star adventurer pro. What a difference. This tripod is so much sturdier than the cheaper one and it makes me feel more confident that my doublet refractor and DSLR camera are safe to leave on the star adventurer. Goes without saying that there is hardly any vibration in comparison to when I was using the aluminium tripod which made accurate polar alignment and centering the eyepiece much harder. As always a first class delivery from FLO, item well packaged and arrived dead on schedule.

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Q1. Does the iOptron SkyGuider fit on this tripod?

Yes, the iOptron SkyGuider does fit onto this tripod using the 3/8 thread.

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