binoculars on eq2 mount?
Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:45 AM
I have recently bought a 6 inch Newtonian( not delivered yet )..that comes with a eq2 mount.
I was just wondering if there is any way to use that mount for my nikon 12x50 binoculars as well...using some adapter or some ingenuity. .?
Thank you l
Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:01 AM
The sky moves so slowly at 12x that you don't need a tracking mount.
Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:39 AM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:31 AM
Even so, binoculars need to remain pretty much horizontal for comfortable viewing; a GEM mount will make the binos inscribe an arc as it tracks. Twisting your neck sideways to look through the binos can be painful!
Also, even if you could keep the binos level, the low height of the EQ2 tripod will likely keep you from finding a comfortable position to view from.
If you can lay the RA axis horizontal and use the GEM as an alt/az, which I don't know, at least the binos will be in the required horizontal orientation. Whether you can comfortably view this way is another question...
Your best bet would be to get a tall monopod or inexpensive tall photo tripod with a 2-way video head.
A good read from the Binocular forum:
Binocular Mounts - Tripods - Adapters - Motions - Homemade
Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:46 PM
- Adaptor to go from the EQ2 to a 1/4-20 bolt (when the EQ2 is used without the newtonian)
- Binocular adaptor that can be used with any tripod, monopod, or other 1/4-20 bolt connection