Vibration Suppression Pads

Best Vibration Suppression Pads

Vibration suppression pads are a relatively cheap way of solving a big problem: Telescope mount vibration.For some of us, the vibrations can be so bad that our using the telescope becomes a frustrating experience.

If a small twist of the focuser or nudge of the gears has the image in your eyepiece wobbling like a jelly, then you need a solution so you can enjoy using your telescope once again. Thankfully, you don’t have to go down the expensive route of a new (and expensive), sturdier mount. No, a low-cost set of vibration suppression pads for your telescope mount will almost certainly have a substantial positive impact.

However, the challenge you face is deciding which are the best vibration suppression pads for astronomy, so that you make an informed choice.

Celestron Vibration Suppression Pads

Celestron Vibration Suppression Pads

Telescope and spotting scope vibrations are caused by windy conditions, unsteady mounts/tripod or accidental bumps to the instrument, and result in reduced image quality whether observing or photographing.  Celestron’s set of three Vibration Suppression Pads reduce the time the scope resonates with vibration by nearly 100%, and also decrease the amplitude of the vibrations.

To make the notion simpler to understand, imagine two identical scope setups adjacent to one another with both having a laser pointer affixed at a wall some distance away from the scopes.  Were you to influence both scopes with an identical vibration-causing shock, the laser beam originating from the scope with the Celestron Vibration Suppression Pads underneath would both move a shorter distance upon the wall and come to rest much quicker than the beam originating from the scope without the device installed.  They really work!

The pads fit between the bottom of the tripod legs and the ground, a simple and functional solution to the problem of image disturbance.  They work on most any surface: grass, dirt, concrete, asphalt & wood.  Suitable for both telescopes and spotting scopes.

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6 Responses

  • Thanks for writing this review. I have been looking for a way to stabalize my telescope for a while now. I have a lower end tripod that is light weight, so it looks like these will help make using my telescope more enjoyable.

    I also like the fact that they are small, and I can store them just about anywhere.

    Just a quick question. Have you experienced these pads getting hard or slick over time? I have noticed some things like this will get brittle if used in the sun much at all.

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Jason,

      This little friends can really make miracles with you tripod. Be careful the choice – most of them are imitations and made from not good material quality. The best one are Celestron’s ones. I have them from more than 3 years and they are same as when I got them!

      Thanks for comment,


  • Ok yeah these are awesome, i mean i generally think anything that suppresses powerful sound vibrations is an invaluable tool to have, especially for something that requires a lot of stability and accuracy like a telescope.

    I’ve actually been thinking about getting a telescope recently and i don’t know which kind to start with – any suggestions? I’m totally gonna bookmark and visit regularly, i think i will get some cool ideas from your website 😀

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Marley!

      I’m happy to hear you want to get a telescope – one more Universe Lover. I’m sure you gonna love it! 

      There is good article about getting first telescope here. You will find all basic information you have to know plus some suggestions about buying for first time. Enjoy and I will waiting for you getting close to the stars.

      Thanks for comment. 

  • I didn’t even know these were out there.  A friend of mine has a descent telescope and I look out it when I’m at his place, but the image is always shaky and I can’t see much until I stand completely still and wait.  I had no idea why.  I just thought it wasn’t a good telescope

    • Well, these can be a good solution for your friend’s telescope problem Stew. They don’t cost a fortune, so you can get a nice present for him and make him very happy!

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