iOptron Tri-Pier - Red Legs and Rolling Case - DISCONTINUED -
About the iOptron Tri Pier
Now with a splendid red finish! iOptron combines the stability and unobtrusive design of a pier with the ease of use and portability that a tripod offers. The iOptron Tri Pier with it's ultra heavy-duty construction has a maximum load capacity of 220 lbs. Aluminum and steel construction offers the best combination of strength and reduced weight. The TriPier weighs an easy to carry 25.6 lbs with a folded dimension of 12.8 inches around and 25.6 inches long. Folding and adjustable legs offer a comfortable height range between 31.3 - 43 inches with a maximum spread of 46.5 inches, diameter. Tilting feet offer a sure footing on uneven terrain, capable of remaining level and stable on a grade range of up to 3.35". The iOptron Tri-Pier is compatible with CEM60, iEQ45 Pro, iEQ30 Pro, MiniTower Pro, MiniTower Pro II and CEM120 mounts. Includes a rolling hard case for easy transportation.
OPT Product Number: IO-8034R-RC
Sturdy stand with issues
Overall, the capability of this stand to carry my Paramount MyT with a maximum (50lb) payload seems just fine, with some caveats. The biggest problem was that the adaptor plate mounted very poorly. Screw hole misalignment and too few mounting screws (3) allowed the plate to rock on the tripod under load. Redrilling the oirginal screw holes and adding 3 more mounting screws was needed to lock the plate down solidly, but bye-bye warranty. A secondary problem is that the pinch bolts on the legs require excessive torque. I eventually had to use a small cheater bar (six inch length of 3/8 pipe) to close them tightly on the legs. On the plus side, however, the whole tripod folds up nicely into a tight unit with the legs stored in the center pipe. The case looks to be well made and the folded tripod fits just right.