New homebuilt mount
Posted 10 August 2004 - 05:56 PM
Since I had a Giro sitting around, I thought I'd see if I could copy the mount. My woodworking skills are pretty abysmal but here is what I came up with:
Posted 10 August 2004 - 09:07 PM
But what binocs are those?
Posted 10 August 2004 - 09:19 PM
Thanks for the compliment. It's not one of my best efforts, but it is far from the worst
Posted 10 August 2004 - 10:24 PM
Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:18 AM
Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:34 AM
Posted 11 August 2004 - 08:45 AM
I got a chance to try it out last night. It is tough at the zenith, as are most mounts where the binoculars are mounted above the tripod's center axis. I'm not sure this will replace my UA parallelogram mount for most uses, but it is probably more portable. I could pack this in a suitcast for an airline flight.
I did find that in some positions, the center post crank hit the lower arm of the mount. This was only an issue when the center post was all the way down while looking close to the horizon. Not sure if there is an easy way to solve this. I guess I could shorten the arms and then put more weight on them to counter the shortening.
Motions were very smooth and the balance was great. It was a pleasure to use in elevations between 10 and 60 degrees. If the binoculars were not straight-through, that would extend the usefulness of it.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 09:40 AM
The next logical step are binos with 45 deg eyepieces I presume? ;-)