|The stock tripod from Celestron for the
NexStar 8/9.25/11 GPS is fine for alt-azimuth work, but many find it is
not quite stable enough when the scope is tilted on a wedge,
particularly for the 9.25 and 11 inch models.
One heavy duty option is
tripod model number 93509. Tripod 93509 was available for a number
years, though it is no longer sold new. It is the same tripod sold with the CGE mount. In
addition to the tripod itself, this model number includes an adapter plate
to fit the GPS models on the top of the larger tripod. The tripod is
adjustable from 36" to 50" in height, sports 2.75" carbon steel legs (as
compared to the stock tripod's 2" legs) and a second set of tension arms
towards the bottom of the legs. This second set of arms adds much to
the stability of the mount.