I recently received my first binocular mount. I previously tried to get a Uni-mount but found out they no longer made mounts anymore. Searching for options i found one on ebay from the Ukraine for just under $200. The mount is available at astrodevices.net. The one i purchased is called the Parallelgram Standard II Pro.
For about two years now i have been using my 16x70 binoculars without a mount, usually laying back in a chair and bracing my elbows against the chair and pinning my forehead against the binos. For terrestrial viewing i would brace against whatever i could find available. That being said i have been pleased with my binoculars and have found i use them more often than my telescopes or spotting scopes. I know i have read many many people say you must use a mount for large binoculars but i just shrugged it off because i was pleased with my binocular performance despite being a little jiggly.
BOY I WAS WRONG!!!!!
I had no idea how much better strain free, fatigue free, hands free, completely relaxed bino viewing could be! I had no idea how much more detail i could see this way verses what i considered fine viewing without a binomount. This is a brand new experience for me and i love it. Im also loving my new 18x70s. Using the bino mount for terrestrial viewing is superior in numerous ways than using a spotting scope on a tripod. Ive had several high quality spotting scopes and have been using them for over 25 years on tripods mostly bird watching and hunting. The experience is not comparable to reclining in a comfortable chair, chilling out, head supported, and just bringing the big binos up to my eyes pointing in the direction of where i want to look and letting go! The same goes for the nighttime even more. Im not sure how exploring the universe could be any better than this. Im sold.
If anyone is on the fence about getting one of these type mounts, i can say if you tried one you will want one because until you try it you wont know what you are missing.
Back to the mount. The mount i purchased is good quality, extremely sturdy, and well worth the 200 bucks in my opinion. The mount performs without any problems . I have no other parallelogram mount experience, but i can say it effortly supports my 18x70s with 2 5# weights attached and should be able to handle a heavier bino. I cant find anything wrong with it and would hesitate buying another if i didnt have one.
Edited by fishhuntmike, 25 July 2017 - 07:46 PM.