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ZWO's TC40 Tripod is a portable, stable, and durable tripod, ready to hold whatever you need. It is constructed of carbon fiber, and can support up to a 50kg payload while only only weighing 2.3kg itself.
This tripod features great portability, high strength, and high impact resistance
The TC40 tripod can collapse down to allow easy transport inside your hand luggage
The tripod head adapter plate offers three mounting points to match the AM5 head. The connection will be very stable and sturdy
This is total overkill for the AZ-GTi mount I use it with. But overkill in a good way.
It is the steadiest of all the tripods I have tried with this mount, but it is lighter than any of them. When collapsed, it fits nicely into standard checked luggage.
I don't know if the quick-release plates are available as a separate item, but I would buy at least one more, if I could.
Update: unscrew the rubber feet and the tripod fits nicely into a standard Pelican rolling carry-on.
I have used a cut down Chinese knock of of a Vixen GP to mount a compact equatorial drive for observing and photographing in remote sites. These are at eclipses or a quick setup to shoot a Lunar eclipse or other astronomical apparition. The problem is that the GP tripod barely fits in my suitcase and takes up too much room. It has been around the world a few times and other than its bulk has worked well. When I saw the ZWO TC40 I was amazed at its compact size and it is incredible strength. The weight claim is 50 kg!!! This is one solid mount for its 2.25 kg weight! I have put my full 150 lbs mass on this tripod and it was just fine. The great thing is it takes up about 1/2 the space in my luggage and weighs less than the cut down GP tripod.
For local trips, it means I have a smaller package to cart out for a conjunction, occultation or other special event. I am quite happy with this purchase.
Very happy with this tripod, light and sturdy. Used with AM5 mount in 19k winds and guiding was .30 on most images. All-Star excellent to deal with
This is a perfect match for the ZWO AM5 mount, build quality is top notch which matches the mount. The negatives, pricey (but you need to pay for this quality) and it is short, so using it for visual astronomy is out of the question. You may need the pier extensions if you have a longer scope.
I have found this tripod to be incredibly light, yet very stable. I have the AM5 Mount onboard, and when the tripod spreader is installed, the whole setup is very stable.
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