The Stellarvue K2 Tripod is rock solid thanks to the use of Maple Appleply, the most expensive and beautiful plywood made. As strong as steel but with wood's vibration damping, this tripod will not ring or create harmonic vibrations seen in steel or aluminum piers. Appleply also has the advantage over conventional wood in that it will not split with the grain. The void free interior is laminated together. This is not a European plywood, it is genuine States Industries Appleply, the very best.
The K2 is made to support a number of mounts including the Astro-Physics Mach 1, Mach 2, The Paramount MyT, MX+, Losmandy GM8, GM811G, G11, Celestron's larger mounts beginning with the CGEM, and many more.
The solid Appleply tray is fitted with 1.25" and 2" holes for holding your eyepieces, star diagonal and other accessories. The tripod tray has three captive knobs and studs that permit the user to easily screw the tray to the tripod making each connection point tight and rigid. This is how you eliminate slop and vibration. The knobs and studs are captive so you will not lose parts in the field at night.
Each leg is adjustable for precise leveling and is secured at three points, the top, middle and bottom. The middle and bottom adjustment knobs are spring loaded and a stud passes through center slots securing the outer legs tightly against the center. Merely loosen the bottom two knobs, the center will drop making leveling easy. Use the bubble level at the top of the tripod to easily and quickly level the tripod. Tighten the two knobs and the tripod is level and solid. The aluminum top is made of black anodized 6061-T6 aluminum. The opening is the standard 5 1/2" inside diameter pioneered by Scott Losmandy. So Losmandy mount heads attach directly to the top without the need for special adapter plates. For other mounts (Astro-Physics, Paramounts, etc) we offer adapter plates optionally.
The weight with tray is 28.5 pounds. The height may be adjusted from 32" to 42". Optional extension piers available from Losmandy or Stellarvue bring the total height to up to 58".