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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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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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Olivon TR-150 tripod (leg section) review

Today was my first chance to check the build quality of the Olivon TR-150 tripod (leg section). Before opening the box, I got my first surprise. Feels much more heavy (a good thing) than I was expecting.  Opening the box … Continue reading

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Hawke Optics Full Sized Tripod

The Hawke full sized tripod at £89.95 (Nov 2011 price) nicely bridges the gap between the cheaper plastic versions and the heavier Aluminium tripods. Made from light weight aluminium and complete with carry case, this is a very portable mount. … Continue reading

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