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


Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

(3 customer reviews)
5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings


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.


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"

3 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!

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