There is an article on cloudynights.com that describes how the tripod can be beefed up. The author of that article increases the weight of the tripod by putting rebar in the upper legs, and a rectangular wooden dowel in the lower legs.
The problem with the tripod is not just a weight problem, but rather a vibration problem.
Filling up the hollow legs with dowels and rebar, doesn't necessarily improve the vibration characteristics of this mount. A person commenting on the cloudynights article, suggested that the legs can also be filled with sand. This will result in both a heavier tripod and different vibration characteristics.
I decided to modify my tripod by inserting wooden dowels in the upper and lower legs. But I also secured these dowels to the plastic and aluminium structure. Hopefully, this will improve the vibration damping of the tripod, without it becoming too heavy.
|Wooden dowel cut to size, ready to be inserted in the lower leg|
|Wooden dowel will be secured to the plastic fott and the aluminium leg|
|Top part of the lower leg|
|One half of an upper leg|
|Dowels inside the upper leg|
|All three legs completed. Time for reassembly|
For a short while I also thought of filling the tripod with sand. I found out that the tripod legs are not sealed at the lower ends, and most of the sand will run out after a while. Filling the tripod, will also make it much heavier. Hopefully, the wooden dowels will improve the damping.
Now all that remains is a clear night to test the tripod.