compass 23
Fluid Head
OPERATOR’S
MANUAL
#1037 Compass 23 Fluid Head
Features and Controls
Sliding Platform
Sliding Platform Lock
Tilt Lock
Pan Handle Clamp
Pan Lock
Pan Handle
Threaded Stud
Clamp Nut
Fig. 1
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Features and Controls
Camera Screws
1/4” and Pin Carriage
Camera Plate
Release Knob
Tilt Drag Control
Counterbalance Selector
Accessory Mounting
Bubble Level
Pan Drag Control
Fig. 2
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Introduction
Safety Instructions
Thank you for purchasing the Compass 23 Fluid Head. The
Compass 23 Fluid Head has been designed to suit payload
capacities from DVCAM to standard configuration ENG
cameras.
Attaching / removing the camera
Please use this manual to familiarise yourself with the
operation of the Compass 23 Fluid Head and observe these
instructions to prevent any damage to your equipment.
Ensure that all equipment is operating correctly and free from
defects and damage, also please ensure that the tripod is
steady, secure and that the bowl is approximately horizontal
when attaching the camera. The operator is responsible for
the safe operation of this piece of equipment.
The robust design and construction of the Compass 23 Fluid
Head offers maximum stability, accuracy and durability and
includes precision ball bearing mounted Fluid Drag Plate
system in the Pan and Tilt assembly to deliver true fluid drag
performance over the entire temperature and payload range.
The Fluid Drag and the Counterbalance system were designed
to provide excellent control and repeatability and offer
progressive equal increments of drag and torque.
The Compass 23 Fluid Head also offers Illuminated Bubble
level.
D
o not exceed the maximum payload capacity of the Fluid
Head.
 Do not leave the camera unattended on the Fluid Head.
D
o not release the SLIDING PLATFORM LOCK whilst the
camera is at an angle.
The Compass 23 Fluid Head will give best performance
when used on a wide range of Miller tripods, including
SOLO ENG (#1505), 2-Stage (#402) and Sprinter II (#1576)
tripod. This will ensure maximum system stability to suit any
professional set-up. The Compass 23 Fluid Head will suit
most industry standard 100 mm tripods as well, please refer
to manufactures’ manual for mounting details.
D
o not adjust the tripod whilst the camera is attached to the
Fluid Head.
E
nsure PAN HANDLE CLAMP and CLAMP NUT is securely
tightened.
A
pply TILT LOCK when adding/removing equipment from
the camera or when attaching/removing the camera from
the Fluid Head.
H
old camera securely whilst changing Counterbalance, Pan
Drag or Tilt Drag settings.
H
old the camera securely whilst releasing the RELEASE
KNOB.
H
old camera securely whilst adjusting the CLAMP NUT to
level the Fluid Head.
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Technical Data
Weight
2.4 kg (5.3 lb)
Payload Range
4.0 - 14.0 kg (8.8 - 30.8lb)
Max. Capacity
20.0 kg (44.0lb)
Tilt Drag
3 Selectable fluid drag positions + 0
Tilt Range
+ 90º / -75º
Tilt Lock
Positive Lock caliper brake system
Pan Drag
3 Selectable fluid drag positions + 0
Pan Range
360º
Pan Lock
Positive Lock caliper brake system
Counterbalance
System
4 Selectable positions
(see performance graph)
Camera Platform
Type
Quick release sliding camera plate
with 60 mm travel and 1/4”, 3/8” and
1/4” + Pin Carriage
Mounting Base
Ø75 mm Ball Levelling
Ball Level Range
15º
Handle
Standard black anodised pan handle with
adjustable angle
Temperature range
-40º to +65º C (-40º to +149º F)
Construction
Lightweight diecast Aluminium alloy,
Fig. 3
moulded reinforced plastics
Sealing
Water & Dust resistant
Finish
Matt black (low sheen) durable powder
coated with anti-corrosive pre treatment
Warranty
3 Years.
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Operating Instructions
The operating instructions are described in six steps. Please
read and understand these instructions before using this
equipment. Do not omit any steps.
Pan Handle Clamp
1.Fluid Head Set-up
1.1Loosen the PAN HANDLE CLAMP fully then rotate the
PAN HANDLE until it is approximately perpendicular to the
THREADED STUD (fig. 4) and tighten the PAN HANDLE
CLAMP - avoid contact wear between the serrations
on the Fluid Head and the PAN HANDLE CLAMP, if this
occurs then unwind the PAN HANDLE CLAMP further.
1.2Ensure that the TRIPOD BOWL is approximately
horizontal. Place the Fluid Head into the TRIPOD BOWL,
adjust the BUBBLE LEVEL (fig. 4) such that the bubble is
inside the black circle and tighten the CLAMP NUT.
Pan Handle
Illumination Button
Bubble Level
1.3
Set the initial control settings as follows – see Figure 1 & 2:
Select Counterbalance to position 4 (top setting).
Select Pan & Tilt Drag to position 0.
Tighten the PAN LOCK, TILT LOCK and the SLIDING
PLATFORM LOCK.
Threaded Stud
Clamp Nut
Fig. 4
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Operating Instructions
2.Camera Set-up
2.1Remove the CAMERA PLATE by pressing the RELEASE
KNOB while pulling the CAMERA PLATE out.
2.2Refer to the Camera’s owners manual for correct method
of attachment to the CAMERA PLATE. Inspect the
CAMERA PLATE and remove the 1/4” and 3/8” screws (for
HDV mount) or the 1/4” + PIN CARRIAGE (DVCAM mount)
as required.
2.3Attach camera accessories and the battery to the camera,
it is recommended to estimate the camera’s Centre of
Gravity (C of G) for the purpose of correctly positioning the
camera on the CAMERA PLATE. The camera’s C of G can
be estimated by placing the camera on to a round rod and
then shifting it backwards or forwards until a balance point
– C of G - is achieved. It is recommended to identify this
point on the camera as it will be useful in step 2.5.
C of G
2.4
Attach the CAMERA PLATE to the camera and securely tighten
the screws.
2.5Check that the SLIDE LOCK is loose, then align the
CAMERA PLATE with the SLIDING PLATFORM and slide it
in until the safety mechanism is engaged.
Sliding Platform
Sliding Platform Lock
2.6Position the CAMERA PLATE so that the camera’s C of G is
directly above the centre axis of the Fluid Head and tighten
the SLIDE LOCK. If this can not be achieved then reposition
the CAMERA PLATE on the Camera – step 2.4. This will
ensure that the system has maximum stability.
Fig. 5
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Operating Instructions
Counterbalance Performance
The counterbalance system was designed to neutralise the effect
of the camera weight when it is tilted. The Compass 23 Fluid
Head offers a 4 position counterbalance system which can be
operated via the COUNTERBALANCE SELECTOR (fig. 2). The
COUNTERBALANCE SELECTOR must be operated when the
SLIDING PLATFORM is in a horizontal position. After changing
the Counterbalance setting it may be necessary to tilt the camera
back and forth to ensure that the CB spring has engaged. The
camera must be held securely while changing the Counterbalance
setting.
3.1 For safety ensure that Counterbalance position 4 is selected.
3.2Hold the camera and release the TILT LOCK, then gently
tilt the camera from a horizontal position forward then
backward and observe its response. If the Camera ‘Springs
Back’ to the horizontal position then a lower Counterbalance
setting is required, select Counterbalance position 3 and
recheck, select lower setting again if necessary. Correct
counterbalance setting has been achieved when minimum
effort is required to move the camera over the entire tilt
range.
TIP Fine tuning can be achieved by adjusting the SLIDING
PLATFORM – see step 2.6.
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C of G above Camera Plate (mm)
3.Counterbalance Control
300
250
200
150
100
50
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
Camera Payload (kg)
Fig. 6
Operating Instructions
4.Pan / Tilt Drag Control
Tilt Drag Control
The Compass 23 Fluid Head offers 3 selectable positions of fluid
drag + zero setting in the Pan and Tilt. The settings are equally
stepped from light drag in position 1 up to heavy drag in position
3, the drag plates are completely disengaged in position zero.
Counterbalance Selector
 Do not Pan or Tilt the Fluid Head whilst adjusting PAN or TILT
DRAG CONTROL or whilst the PAN & TILT DRAG CONTROL is
between settings.
 The drag setting can be changed at any tilt or pan angle.
5.Pan / Tilt Lock Control
The Compass 23 Fluid Head offers high capacity caliper disc brake
system to hold the Fluid Head in a fixed pan and/or tilt position.
Camera position will not change when applying or releasing the
Pan / Tilt locks.
 Do not pan or tilt the Fluid Head whilst the PAN or the TILT
LOCK is partially applied.
Illumination Button
6.Illumination
The Compass 23 Fluid Head offers illumination of the BUBBLE
LEVEL when the low ambient light conditions exist. Illumination
can be achieved by pressing the ILLUMINATION BUTTON once.
The light will switch off after 10 seconds.
Bubble Level
Pan Drag Control
Fig. 7
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Maintenance
The Compass 23 Fluid Head offers high quality surface coatings.
Miller recommends keeping the Fluid Head clean at all times by
using soft brushes and lint free cloth to wipe over the surfaces.
Battery Housing
Illumination Button
 D
o not immerse the Fluid Head in any liquid.
 D
o not use stiff brushes, abrasives, harsh detergents and
solvents.
Battery Replacement
The Compass 23 Fluid Head uses a single 11A type - 6 Volt
battery for Illumination. Miller recommends the following batteries
to provide long life performance – GP11A, Duracell MN11 or
Vinnic L1016.
1Using a Phillips Head #1 screw driver, remove the RETAINING
SCREW and the BATTERY DOOR.
2 Using a small flat screw driver remove the battery.
3Align the new battery as shown on the back of the BATTERY
DOOR and place into the BATTERY HOUSING, then push down
the battery into place. A small flat screw driver may be used to
push down the battery into the BATTERY HOUSING.
4Align the BATTERY DOOR into the body then tighten the screw
lightly.
Retaining Screw
Battery Door
Battery
Fig. 8
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Storage
Service, Sales and Support
The Compass 23 Fluid Head can be stored for extended periods;
Miller recommends storage in a Miller Soft Case and the
following:
Miller Authorised Service Agents must carry out all service and repair
work. Failure to observe this requirement may void warranty. It is
advisable to notify Miller or a Miller Authorised Service Agent if a change
of performance is observed as a result of dropping or rough usage. For
information regarding sales and service of Miller products or for your
nearest Miller representative please contact us via our website or at the
following:
 R
emove battery.
 C
lean the external surfaces.
 K
eep in a dry place away from direct sunlight.
 L
oosen off PAN & TILT LOCK.
Spare Parts and Accessories
ITEM
ITEM NO.
Battery
P7715
Camera plate (including 1/4” & 3/8” screws +
1/4” screw & pin carriage)
#1204
Camera screw 1/4”
P0036
Camera screw 3/8”
P0037
1/4”screw & pin carriage
#493
Pan handle - fixed with clamp
#679
Soft Case 2-stage
#876
Clamp nut
P3836
Accessory mounting bracket
#1216
Accessory mounting adaptor
#1217
MILLER CAMERA SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
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NSW 2064 Australia
Tel: +61 2 9439 6377
Fax: +61 2 9438 2819
Email: sales@miller.com.au
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216 Little Falls Road (Unit 15 & 16), Cedar Grove,
New Jersey 07009-1231 USA
Tel: (973) 857 8300
Fax: (973) 857 8188
Email: sales@millertripods.us
MILLER FLUID HEADS (EUROPE) LTD.
Unit 12A, Shepperton Business Park
Govett Ave, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 8BA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1932 222 888
Fax: +44 (0)11932 222 211
Email: sales@millertripods-europe.com
Warranty
www.millertripods.com
Please refer to warranty card for complete details.
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www.millertripods.com
MILLER CAMERA SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
30 Hotham Parade
Artarmon, Sydney
NSW 2064 Australia
Tel: +61 2 9439 6377
Fax: +61 2 9438 2819
Email: sales@miller.com.au
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