Re: Shortening the height of G11 tripod

Christopher Erickson

GM-8 tripods are shorter than G-11 tripods and will take the same LT2APM adapter.
Depending on the vintage of the GM-8 tripod there are various things that can be done to really stiffen them up for big loads.
Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738

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Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:30 PM
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Subject: [ap-gto] Shortening the height of G11 tripod

I have a 900GTO and came to realize it is too tall to safely mount my recently purchased 11" EdgeHD SCT.  To the middle of the saddle is around 54" and when the EdgeHD is fully loaded, it weighs in at around 42 lbs. I also have issues with a twice operated on left shoulder and knee (motorcycle accident), notwithstanding a broken back and pelvis too.  So I've decided to look at some possible solutions.

The set up doesn't have to be as tall as it is, with an 80mm guide scope on top of the SCT the thing is 7' tall.  I was wondering if anyone here has ever cut the tripod legs on their G11 tripod? I know to do so you would have to cut the inner adjustable sleeves as well, but it doesn't seem too complicated if I were to enlist the help of a machinist to do it right. 

The tripod stands at around 35.6" high, I can see chopping it down by 10"-12", that would put the saddle at a comfortable mounting height. I haven't really looked at the tubes or taken it apart, just throwing this out to see if anyone else has done this.  I know one drawback is the likely hood of devaluing the tripod, even if it's the older model non adjustable one.  As a comparison, my CEM60EC mount/tripod is about 44" to mid saddle and that is ideal.  


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