A telescope tripod made from crutches
I saw an article titled
"Your Own tripod, Cheap! " by Doug Nelle on the internet
at the University
Lowbrow Astronomers website.
Cheap it is. Total cost less than $10 using some hardware and stuff I
Crutches were $.98 for each pair (with one spare leg left over) at a
local thrift store.
Aluminium legs are sturdy and adjustable.
I was impressed enough to
make one for use with my Meade ETX-60
The following are a
series of photos showing construction.
Tripod without center support
3-1/2 inch wide fiberglass channels
for attaching legs
1/2 inch PVC pipe for leg stabilizing.
Center stabilizer disconnects at center and folds down for transport.
A 3/8 inch bolt connects the three legs together at the eyebolts
on the ends of each stabilizer.
Legs folds together for easy transport. Wrap a bungie cord or velcro at
end to sucure.
Base plate made for the ETX-60 telescope fits on top.