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Old Monday 23rd September 2019, 20:03   #1
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berlebach 553

anyone using a berlebach head 552 or 553 together with a swarovski ATX 85 mm
scope , and is it balanced with the plate (50mm) that comes with the head ?
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Old Tuesday 24th September 2019, 14:17   #2
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Hi,

I have used a Berlebach 552 for many years and am completely satisfied. I believe amother member on this site, OhWeh, has both the 552 and 553.

Mine was initially bought for a Swarovski ATM 65HD, which is very tail-heavy. Berlebach customized a 117 mm plate by drilling and tapping a hole for the 5 mm anti-rotation pin (usually 4,5 mm) at the other end and shortening the 3/8" screw to allow clamping, due to the ridiculously short blind tapped hole in the scope foot -all at no extra cost.

The head is now often used for my Kowa 883 with the standard 57 mm plate, which provides good balance. The counterweight would prevent any unwanted scope/tripod contact anyway.

Berlebach's products and service are beyond reproach.

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Old Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 20:15   #3
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Today I took delivery of a Berlebach 510 head for a new Novoflex tripod. I shall be reporting on both after some field experience.
Berlebach have upped the rating of the 510 from 5 kg to 6 kg, i.e. the same as for the 552/553. My first impression is that the 510 is equally as well suited for use with a large scope as the 552, but is lighter and less expensive.

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Old Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 22:41   #4
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We use a 552 and a 553 with ATX 95 and Harpia 95 alternating. All combinations are well balanced with the plates coming with the head.
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Old Thursday 3rd October 2019, 17:18   #5
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We use a 552 and a 553 with ATX 95 and Harpia 95 alternating. All combinations are well balanced with the plates coming with the head.
ok, did you have to change the friction a lot of the head to balance the ATX 95
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Old Friday 4th October 2019, 21:34   #6
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No, no need. My wife uses less friction, I prefer more friction, but this is independent from the balance.
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Old Saturday 5th October 2019, 20:23   #7
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Friction may be a matter of personal taste, but nevertheless balance is the first priority. You achieve that with a longer QR plate if the scope foot is not directly underneath its centre of gravity.

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Old Saturday 5th October 2019, 23:47   #8
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John -

looking forward to your detailed comparison of 552 vs 510!

I am in the market for a lighter head for use with ATX95. I mostly use a Manfrotto 128, which could be improved upon. I also have a Berlebach Pegasus. She can carry any scope with great ease and authority, but she is a bit of a fat pony to bring on longer treks!

Over in Juelich's, popular opinion appears to favour the 552/553 over the 510 for use with bigger scopes, but it doesn't look as if anyone has actually compared the two for that intended load. (There is a detailed report by a participant who did compare and opted for the 510, but his was a 65 mm scope)

The spring suspension safety feature of the 553 is attractive, but I am less sure whether I fancy the 2 separate locking screws/handles for vertical and horizontal movements. Besides, as you say, it is a bit heavier and dearer.

The 510 does it all with just one screw, but I am wondering how well it handles a big scope - and whether you miss the "load pick-up spring" ? (sic! ...there must be a better english translation than what Berlebach came up with).

thanks very much

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Old Sunday 6th October 2019, 15:41   #9
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Hi Achim,

What goes up......... So I wish you a soft landing!

I'm off to the wader-lovers' paradise (Meldorfer Speicherkoog) this coming week and will report back on my return.

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Thank you - and good birding next week!
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Pegasus

In the interest of accuracy and mythological gender correctness, I wish to correct my above statement about Pegasus. HE is a fat pony . συγνώμη !
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 17:33   #12
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i have the berlebach head 553 but i replaced the shorter plate with a longer (50/87mm) because i could not balanced the ATX 85mm with the shorter plate.
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