Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head


Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

(7 customer reviews)




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 × 9 × 9 in
Product Weight

13 lbs.

Product Dimensions

Length- Min. 36", Max. 84"

7 reviews for Oberwerk 5000 Series Tripod/Head

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. Andy

    I originally bought the 4000 tripod but had an issue with one of the legs so I sent it back and bought the 5000 instead. Kevin was super great to work with and would recommend Oberwerk to friends looking for binocular equipment. The tripod is solid and a bit larger then I expected. The 5000 head handles my 20×80 Celestron binoculars with no resistance at all. I wish I would have bought this tripod/head years ago.

  6. Jim H (verified owner)

    I bought this tripod in November 2019 with the 5000 head. I currently use it for a parallelogram and 5.5 pound binoculars, and its extremely stable for my setup. A great product at a great price. One feature that doesn’t get mentioned is that two of the legs have foam padding at the top that make for good grips on cold nights.

    What I would really like to call out is the fantastic customer service. My 5000 head had a minor issue. I called, explained the issue and sent an email with a photo. A couple days later a new 5000 head showed up at my house with a prepaid shipping label to return the old one. Fantastic service – just the way every company should treat their customers, and a true difference maker.

  7. Pete Minneci (verified owner)

    I haven’t had the 5000 Series tripod and head out in the field yet,
    but I have set it up with my 10×42, 15×70 binoculars, and my
    80mm f/6 achromat.
    Easy to set up and easy to use with a variety of instruments makes it an ideal grab and go outfit that can take more weight.
    What I like the most about the head is the ability to just swing it around, point it, and it will stay where I put it .
    I can’t wait to get it under the stars.
    Thanks Oberwerks!

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