Category Archives: Tripods and Mounts

Celestron Astromaster AZ mount #93610

The height of the Astromaster AZ mount is often quoted at 41 inches. This is slightly misleading, as this is the height of the legs only. The important specs, the height to the top of the actual mounting plate is … Continue reading

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Fotomate VT-5006 tripod. Ideal for a Celestron C90 Mak

A customer came to our Northern Optics weekend outlet at the Waters` Edge country park and visitor centre looking to buy a tripod suitable for his Celestron C90 Mak spotting scope / telescope. It needed to be capable of holding it steady so … Continue reading

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Fotomate tripods. First impressions

At the Northern Optics weekend outlet at Barton Upon Humber, the new Fotomate tripods were an instant hit on their first appearance. One customer went for the VP-106 due to its compact and lightweight design. Perfect for travelling by plane with its … Continue reading

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Kepler Optik 3-way tripod head. TM-12

The Kepler Optik 3-way head, TM-12 is one of the best value tripod heads I have come across. Silky smooth movement in Pan, Tilt and angle makes it a joy to use. Ideal for both photographic and spotting scope use. … Continue reading

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Skywatcher EQ5 / HEQ5 extention pier

The Skywatcher extension tube fits direct on to an EQ5 or HEQ5 mount for use with refractor telescopes.  The EQ5/HEQ5 extension tube extends the height of the EQ5 and HEQ5 mount so it is easier for observer to look into … Continue reading

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Olivon TRB-28 ball head

  The Olivon TRB-28 ball head is ideal for larger cameras. At just over 300g it feels robust and well constructed. The movement is smooth throughout the range, with no tight or loose spots. This is a very high quality … Continue reading

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Olivon TRB-22 ball head.

The Olivon TRB-22 ball head is a great low cost solution for small cameras and spotting scopes.  A nice feature is the mounting plate, that can be inverted to become a flash hot shoe.

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Olivon TRM-148 Monopod review

The Olivon TRM-148 is a high quality and sturdy aluminium mono-pod. Comes complete with a very good soft case.  Fully adjustable height from 55cm to 148cm. The top section has a useful “twist” tension grip. This is perfect for fine height … Continue reading

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Olivon TRH-16 tripod head review

  To test the new Olivon TRH-16 head, I used on an Olivon TR189 tripod and mounted a 25×100 pair of binoculars weighing 4.7kg on top. First thing that I noticed was the very small tension adjuster for the tilt. At first it seemed … Continue reading

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Olivon TR154-11 tripod review

                    To put the Olivon TR-154-11 through its paces, I used a pair of 100mm binoculars. A pair of binoculars weighing 4.7kgs should be a test for any tripod. The TR-154 was up to the job. The TR-154 comes packaged … Continue reading

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