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#1 KeithC

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:19 PM

What are some simple and cheap ways to mount 10x50's?  Are small photo tripods any good for that purpose?

 

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#2 SMark

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:40 PM

I just use an L-Bracket attached to a tripod or monopod. I'm 6 feet tall, so a small photo tripod is useless to me unless I am sitting.



#3 daniel_h

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

don't normally mount but have tried a monopod -didn't improve the shakes enough for me -just put up with it..wheni sketch with 10x50 ultra (SS) I use a tripod with fluid head..generally I find small photo tripod not much good (unless its a name brand eg bogen/giotto etc)



#4 Man in a Tub

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:48 PM

Monopod. For less shake, I will lean the monopod against walls, window sills, fences, etc — carefully. My Manfrotto 562B also has three folding mini-feet on a fluid base.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:49 AM

If I were to mount them...and I only did this once to compare binoculars looking at a comet...I used my Garrett 5000 tripod. I don't personally see a need to buy another tripod since I own this one for bigger binoculars. I believe they made a 3000 model too and perhaps Oberwerk still carries something similar??? It has great height and adjustability in a relatively east to carry package (at least compared to my UA Millenium p-gram. :)



#6 penguinx64

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:09 AM

I tried mounting 10x50s and 12x50s.  It the tripod just got in the way when I looked more than 45 degrees above the horizon.  I used a cheap adapter like this:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item1c2bd98562



#7 Star-gaze69

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:12 PM

How you mount your binoculars depends on how much money you want throw at the mount.

Orion has a binocular mount that would probably work real well, but it's not cheap. I have my Celestron 15 X 70's on a Bogen tripod attached with an El bracket. It works fine unless you want to look at something on the Zenith.

 There's also more information in this forum, and an earlier thread started by me that has information on a binocular chair.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:18 PM

I tried mounting 10x50s and 12x50s.  It the tripod just got in the way when I looked more than 45 degrees above the horizon.  I used a cheap adapter like this:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item1c2bd98562

I got one of those with my Celestron binoculars. It's made of plastic, and I found it to be far to flexible. I used a metal bracket that I got with my Nikon binoculars. It's much stiffer



#9 Albie

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:06 AM

I mount my 6.5x21 Papilio on a tripod to reduce shakes when you are 18inches away from the viewed object.I sometimes mount my Nikon SE 10x42 to the Garrett 2000 grip-action monopod and it does reduce shake noticeably for me.

 

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

If you are going to the trouble to mount them, why not just get a folding chair with arm rests, slouch down in it, and use the air rests to support your elbows? You will get a very steady view that way, other than your heart beat making it jump a tad each second. It is better than standing, and you can easily aim at the zenith. I don't know of any tripods that aim at the zenith unless you get really fancy with counter weights.

 

And I tried a monopod, but it is no steadier than my own arms.


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#11 Albie

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:53 AM

Papilio mounted

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#12 Deep13

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 11:34 PM

I hand hold my 12x60s and 10x50s, sometimes while on the ground.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:48 AM

I usually hand-held my 10x50's, but in my opinion a tripod can improve the performance of any binocular, even 7x35's.

When I use a tripod, I use my father's ancient one. I use a L-adapter. For objects above 40-50° it becomes a little tricky to find a comfortable position.

 

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