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#1 Oldfield

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:01 PM

I just realized that there're three 3/8" thread holes under the mount base, wonder if any one try to attach 3 monopods there to form a very portable setup?

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

Isnt carrying 3 monopods like carrying a tripod?

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:45 AM

You don't even need the tripod at all. If you have a good solid table, you can use the scopes in table-top mode and leave the tripod at home.

This works best with the smaller models. I have the 5SE and it works nicely. The 8SE will work too, but it's top-heavy and I'd worry about tipping it over. Here's the 5SE and 8SE in table-top mode:

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:03 PM

Isnt carrying 3 monopods like carrying a tripod?


That made me chuckle. Sounds like a punch line.

Hi Dan,
I was contemplating a project where you can make a little platform to eliminate the tipping problem. Just a piece of 3/4" plywood (maybe 18" in diameter?)with holes drilled in the pattern to accept the mount. You would then need three 3/8 bolts just long enough to catch the mount. Then add some rubber feet preferably adjustable for a level and stable set up.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

Hi James:

That sounds like it would do the trick! You could probably get away with a lot less than an 18" circle. You don't want to make it so large that you have to lean in uncomfortably to reach the eyepiece. An extra couple inches or so on all sides is really all you'd need to get the needed additional stability. I'm at work right now and not near the scope, but I think a circle of 3/4" plywood from 12" to 14" in diameter should be plenty.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:05 PM

I got mine second hand without a tripod. If I were to use a camera tripod, I will need to make an adapter. That's why I have such an idea.

In addition, the central column of a camera tripod is useless and it adds weight.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

James Thats a great "out of the box" solution.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

James Thats a great "out of the box" solution.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

James Thats a great "out of the box" solution.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

James Thats a great "out of the box" solution.


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