Re: Suggestions for Stowaway Tripod and Head
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FYI I own a Stowaway and have a portable set-up. I tried several iterations and I have ended up with a configuration that meets my visual "requirements". I have a DiscMounts DM-4 mount with encoders and SkyCommander computer. It attaches to the 3/8 stud on my Sirui-3004 tripod. The tripod is rated at 55 lbs capacity and
has a hook under the top plate that I hang a stabilizing weight for more stability.
The tripod is good for portability with a minimal size and weight. But, some of my viewing does not need the compactness, so I use my Losmandy HD tripod with the DM-4.
In order to mount the DM-4 on the Losmandy tripod, I had a machine shop make a steel adapter that fits on the tripod and has a 3/8 inch stud for the DM-4. It weighs about 10 lbs.
I use a threaded coupler on an eye bolt, and attach it to the tripod hook and the steel adapter, and hang it under the tripod. It gives me much more stability/lower damping time when I use the compact tripod, and move it to the Losmandy tripod when needed. I don't "need" the weight but it improves the stability. I also use Dryer vibration pads under the tripod feet if I am on a hard surface.
One case for the mount, a bag for the tripod, and another bag for the steel weight, vibration pads, misc. hardware, and stuff. I absolutely enjoy taking the Stowaway away from my light dome out into the countryside for viewing with a quick and easy set-up and tear-down. I hope you enjoy your Stowaway with a portable mount too.