Started as a Celestron wedgepod...
I have welded nuts to the tripod legs and put clamping
knobs into them. I then took 3 pieces of steel pipe,
put them inside the tripod legs and clamped them by
the clamping knobs. I drilled a hole in the tripod's
top platform for the mount attachement bolt. I then
made a triangular piece of heavy plywood to be used
as a spreader/accessory shelf. The mount attachement
bolt is replaced by a threaded rod long enough to go
through the plywood spreader. There are 1.25" holes
in the plywood for the eyepieces.
Built for functionality - will not win any beauty
contests and I will NOT claim "fine furniture"
appearance (a comparison that has always surprised
me a great deal), but for stability will BLOW AWAY
any wooden legs or surveyor's tripod and will rival
When fully extended the tripod is 60" tall, enough
for any refractor. Will work for a fork-mounted SCT, too.
Asking $180. Would prefer a local sale in the
San Francisco Bay Area, as the thing is 35 lbs,
but will ship at buyer's expense.