Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head – Oberwerk
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Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

$279.95

Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

(4 customer reviews)
5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings

$279.95

The least-expensive tripod/head combo that can handle up to 16 lbs. Includes a crank-up elevator for easy height adjustment. All-aluminum head and two quick-release plates. Perfect for binoculars up to 110mm.

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The Oberwerk 5000 Series tripod and head is the best value on the market for a heavy-duty tripod for binocular astronomy. Comparable to the much more expensive Manfrotto 475B tripod and MVH502AH head, it has a high load capacity (up to 16 lbs.) and even greater maximum height (7 feet!)- plenty of height to allow standing underneath a binocular when it is pointed up at the night sky. Tripod construction is black-anodized aluminum, the fluid head is cast aluminum, with a total weight of 13 lbs. The fluid head includes two quick release plates and dual panning handles. Also included is a padded carrying case.

This tripod/head combo is ideal for all Oberwerk binoculars up to the 110mm Ultra Series, or any other binocular up to 16 lbs.

5000 Series Tripod

  • Sturdy 3-section tubular aluminum legs with quick-flip locks
  • Crank-up elevator column for easy height adjustments
  • Maximum height: 84″
  • Collapsed length: 36″
  • Max. weight capacity: 24 lbs.
  • Weight: 11 lbs.

5000 Series Head

  • All-aluminum fluid head provides smooth azimuth and altitude motion
  • Internal counter-spring helps to balance load as it tilts from horizon to zenith
  • Two 3/8-16, 1/4-20 quick-release plates
  • Dual panning handles
  • Max. weight capacity: 16 lbs.
  • Weight: 2 lbs.

Additional information

Weight 19 lbs
Dimensions 42 x 9 x 9 in
Product Weight

13 lbs.

Product Dimensions

Length- Min. 36", Max. 84"

4 reviews for Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Keller

    I bought only the 5000 Series head to use with a Televue 80mm OTA on my photo tripod. The 5000 head is without a doubt the best in its class. It is light weight yet handles my 8.5 lb .loaded OTA with little or no vibration. What I like the best is that it will slew the scope in both alt and az very smoothly without losing position when I lock the knobs. Also, once I set the tension for alt and az with the scope balanced and the heaviest EP I will use for the night I do not have to change the settings. The long dual handles make movement smooth and easy. I have used a variety of al/az mount/heads over the years and this is the best I have found. Construction quality is impressive. Another plus with this head is that it is located over the center of my tripod rather than off to the side. This adds to stability and less EP motion. A great head!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    George Heidke

    I’ve had one for years, purchased from Garrett Optical along with their 16 lb. Bino Telescope. I doubt you could find a more fluid, stable combo for an alt-az setup in this price range. I also own a high-rated Bogen head & the 5000 is way more smooth. You would not be disappointed in this combo.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dwight (verified owner)

    I purchased this for my Oberwerk BT-70-45 binocular. It works well for that purpose. It’s way better than the Magnus video tripods that some people press into use with their binoculars.

    The tripod and head are stable enough to hold my 5-inch Newtonian telescope when used with a GSO dovetail mount I got from Agena Astro.

    The tripod is a bit of an overkill when used with bird watching scopes. But, the stability could be useful if you bird next to your car. Sometimes, I aim my scope at distant islands to see nesting sea birds. A solid tripod will be useful for high magnification on windy days. That’s exactly what I will be doing next spring!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill B

    I purchased an Oberwerk Series 5000 Tripod and Head when I purchased my monsterous 16lb 20x110U binoculars. At the time, I immediately noticed the significant difference in price between the comparable specs of the 5000 and the Manfrotto 475B tripod with a MVH502AH head. I figured that I’d take a chance with the lower priced product. Boy am I glad that I did. The 5000 handles the 20×110 as well as a tripod with video head can be expected to. I don’t notice excessive settling times and I can get to pretty much all targets that I desire without stressing out my body too much. The cranked elevator does an excellent job of placing the eyepiece of the binoculars at my eye level whether the binoculars are horizontal or vertical. The tension adjustments for altitude are easy to use and work just fine with the heavy binoculars. The tripod height is easily changed. Overall, I have no complaints about the quality of either the tripod or the head.

    I liked the 5000 so much that I ordered a second 5000 tripod and head when I purchased my BT-82XL-ED. The tripod setup works extremely well with the 45 degree BT eyepiece configuration. I still use the elevator with the ergonomically superior 82XL to place the eyepieces at my eye level. The things that the 5000 does well for the 20x110U it does at least as well with the 82XL.

    On a typical night, I’ll set up one tripod with the 82XL and the second with either the 20x110U directly mounted to the quick disconnect or with my10x50U or 15x70U mounted to a Farpoint Farsight with a multi-reticle finder. I use whichever setup I feel is better for a given observation. Both setups are very quick to set up and break down. It only take 5 minutes per tripod to setup. The hard part is lugging around the 20x110U, if I’m using it.

    I also found a wheeled hard case that is not oversized for air travel that fits the 5000 setup. I am pleased that I can take my 82XL (as a carry on) and the tripod (as checked baggage) when I travel.

    I did have a minor problem with one of the tripods, but Kevin was excellent about making everything better. His excellent customer service reputation is well deserved.

    Overall, if you are looking for an inexpensive, feature rich, high quality tripod and head for your 3 to 16 pound binoculars and binocular telescopes, I highly recommend the Oberwerk Series 5000 tripod and head. In general, I have quite a few of the Oberwerk products, and I am very pleased with them. My overall experience with Kevin and Oberwerk has been very positive.

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