Posted By David Badrick
I have a small refractor, and the OTA, rings and finder (without diagonal) come to about 7 pounds. For a mount, I use the excellent Universal Astronomics Microstar, and it can attach to a tripod with either ¼-20 or 3/8 threads.
Are the ones which can fit into a carry-on (about 21" long) any good? I know some are built from carbon fiber, and are expensive. Does anyone have experience with them? Are they more stable than something that is larger, but can still fit into checked luggage (about 24" or 25")?
My decision will need to consider weight, size, stability and price. However, while I want something lightweight, stability is the greatest consideration (just as long as can fit in my luggage!).
Thanks for your help on this.