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Apr 22 2009 04:57 AM | eric planalp in Binocular Mounts
Considering the low cost compared to other mounting options, the wealth of information on the web site and my need for a simple binocular mount, I decided to give it a try and ordered the EZ Binoc Mount
Mar 28 2005 09:42 AM | Al Canarelli in Binocular Mounts
Using binoculars to scan the night sky has always held a special attraction for me. The wide field images and the natural effect of viewing with both eyes is a freedom that is not generally found using telescopes. My first attempt at using binoculars to view celestial objects started years ago with an inexpensive pair of 7x30's, which my father used at football games. That cheap pair of binoculars and my budding interest in astronomy allowed me to open a door and step into a whole new world. I quickly learned the night sky and a few years later, purchased my first telescope. This was the beginning of a passion that started more than 40 years ago.
Mar 28 2005 09:40 AM | Guest in Binocular Mounts
Let me first start with a little about my geographical location. I live in the Eastern Coast of Australia and for those of you (I guess the majority) who live in the northern lattitudes, and haven't experienced, would not believe our 'Southern Skies'. Also the lack of light pollution in the majority of Australia is also something we take for granted.
Mar 27 2005 01:05 PM | Starman1 in Binocular Mounts
What is it? It is the a reflecting mirror mount for the astronomical use of binoculars. Because of it's size, the largest binoculars that can use the mount will be about 70-80mm aperture. No binoculars within the usual sizes will pose a weight problem for the mount, but it does point out that a heavier or stiffer tripod will be steadier. Where do you buy it? From Trico Machine Products at 216-662-4194 or on the web at http://www.tricomachine.com/skywindow How much does it cost? Current retail is $229.95, tripod adapter included (but not tripod). There may be extra charges for mounting arms that accept large binoculars. What are the advantages over the parallelogram binocular mounts that you see at star parties? It's compact and easily carried and stored. Broken-down, you could carry the mount on a plane in a briefcase. It doesn't require counter-weights. You can sit while observing, looking down as if through a microscope. By tilting the mirror, you can view from behind the zenith to below the horizon. By rotating the tripod or by moving the mount (if used by itself on a table top such as a patio table), you can scan the entire visible sky from a comfortable, never-varying, chair height. You never have to crane your neck to look up. You never have to stand up to view. Everybody looking through the eyepieces will see the same view. It's less expensive than most parallelogram binoculars mounts. It fits just about all photo tripods with the provided tripod mounting plate attached. It holds the binoculars so steady the faintest stars visible will be seen.
Mar 25 2005 10:56 AM | JayKSC in Binocular Mounts
There is nothing quite like observing with large aperture binoculars - star fields and planets take on an incredible three-dimensional quality. Such large binoculars present a unique dilemma, however: mounting options. Too many tripods are unable to handle the task of steadying a large binocular well, and the increasing variety of specialized binocular mounts available can make choosing a single one difficult. With such a diversity of binocular mounting options available, is there a single outstanding choice? For medium to large binoculars, the preeminent choice might just be the Virgo Sky/mount - Orion Paragon
Mar 22 2005 01:10 PM | Mr. Bill in Binocular Mounts
I took delivery of this mount the second week of January 2003. My purchase was prompted by dissatisfaction with the Fujinon pedestal and binoculars mounted on a Meade field tripod (see earlier picture). This required much contortion when observing above about 45 degrees, to a maximum of about 65 degrees (when my neck gave out), and required constant height adjustment of the observing chair for altitude and shifting of the chair position for azimuth movements. After a couple of hours of this, I was ready for a visit to the local chiropractor.
Mar 22 2005 01:08 PM | JayKSC in Binocular Mounts
What could be more ideal that enjoying a warm summer evening beneath the tantalizing wispy soft glow of the Milky Way? How about leisurely probing that band of stardust with a pair of binoculars? For the widest, most personal views of the universe, I feel that few instruments are capable of outperforming a good pair of medium binoculars. Although I have regularly used binoculars as a compliment to my telescopes, my first exclusive binocular observing sessions began in winter 1999 with a pair of Celestron 20 x 80mm’s (which I enjoy using to this day). I have had the opportunity to use various binocular mounts for brief periods, but the Virgo Sky/mount and Universal Unimount Light Basic represent the first commercial mounts that I have used extensively.
Mar 11 2005 05:30 AM | Starman1 in Binocular Mounts
What is it? It is the a reflecting mirror mount for the astronomical use of binoculars. Because of it's size, the largest binoculars that can use the mount will be about 70-80mm aperture. No binoculars within the usual sizes will pose a weight problem for the mount, but it does point out that a heavier or stiffer tripod will be steadier.