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TPI Astro leg levelers
« on: October 25, 2010, 11:09:41 AM »
The capabilities of the Atlas EQ-G (EQ-6) rarely come into question.  As with all things, even great ones, a few improvements can still be made.  I never understood the way the legs are leveled on the Atlas -- twist the locking mechanism and slip the leg in our out to raise or lower a side.  With the mount attached, that’s a bit of an awkward activity.  Even if you don’t attach the mount, it’s still a multi-step operation.  Adjust one leg, check level.  Adjust the other leg, check level and so on.  It sure would be nice if there was another way…

In comes another improvement from TPI Astro.  Leg-levelers!  These replace the “feet” on the stock Atlas (and others) providing very easy adjustment of the tripod legs.  Installation was a bit tricky.  The stock feet are glued in, but a hair dryer (or heat gun) softens it up enough to pop them out with a rubber mallet.  I then used a razor blade and fine steel wool to get the remainder of the glue off of the legs.  Always working in the same direction of the “brushed” finish.  The levelers were then attached by inserting them into the open end of the legs and tightening the set screws.  A couple of adjustments to the tilt of the feet and you’re all done!



The true beauty of the levelers comes in their operation.  Instead of having to raise up one end of the tripod, loosen the locking lever and slide the inner leg up or down, you simply twist  the knob on the leg-levelers to adjust it.  Once you have the tripod level, just tighten down the locking knob and you're finished!  These things are ultra easy to use and sure make leveling the tripod a snap!  Complete  with a slick anodized finish, these leg-levelers will put the finishing touch on an already great tripod!

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- Craig and Tammy Temple
« Last Edit: January 03, 2012, 03:15:16 PM by Craig & Tammy »


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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 05:33:02 AM »
nice heres another idea for the protable pier i'm building

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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 07:38:48 AM »
Very nice little review and definitely a nice addition to ease setup. They seem a bit pricey but quality built items usually are.
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 08:57:43 AM »
Interesting.  I was thinking of a similar concept for the my G11.  Its a lot of up-and-down, to level the tripod (nothing new).  I marked the legs and the sidewalk, where I observe, to make leveling a little faster.  But having an external fine adjustment is a great idea.

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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 09:33:10 AM »
Have you tried them out while imaging ?
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010, 11:09:11 AM »
Thanks everybody.
@Les - yep...been using them since the first of Sept.  Along with the leg spreader/shelf the Atlas is now extremely solid!
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010, 11:14:02 AM »
Thanks I tried some on the g11 that I made but they did Not work well
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2010, 01:38:48 PM »
I want these for my LXD until I upgrade to the atlas :)
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010, 03:34:51 PM »
Hi Greg - these are available for LXD - see here:

http://www.tpiastro.com/levellers.htm
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2010, 05:27:50 PM »
Nice thanks.  A tad steep for my budget but they look well made.
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2010, 09:38:33 PM »
Neat! I wonder though if the disks would fit into the foot rings on my scope buggy ... still gotta move it in and out of the garage.

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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2010, 07:22:12 PM »
Derek what brand of scope buddy do you have?

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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2010, 09:57:40 PM »
Derek what brand of scope buddy do you have?

It's the original "Scope Buggy". I don't think it goes by any other name. I think it's the standard adjustable model.
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Re: TPI Astro leg levelers
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2010, 02:40:18 PM »
i just checked it out looks cool. probably easy to make. after i finish making the portable pier. 

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