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#1 perogi99

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:16 PM

Hi Everyone

I have found an individual selling the following used monopod and head:

 

Manfrotto Grip Action Ball Head
322RC2
 

Manfrotto Monopod
679B

 

Wanted your opinion if this monopod and head setup would work well with my current Celestron 15x70 binoculars or anything in the 80mm range that I'm on the market to buy.

 

I do enjoy the flexibility of hand-holding my Celestron Cavalry binoculars but there are times that I want more steadiness.

 

Thanks for your input.

 

Paul



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:00 PM

I have used the 322RC2, on a Manfrotto 682B self-standing monopod,

with Pentax20x60 & Barska 30x80 binoculars over the years,

mainly for bird watching.

 

The 682B has three retractable legs which makes it more versatile overall,

at least for me. (stability)

 

You should be fine using your Celestron 15x70 binoculars.

The 322RC2 is rated for 11 pounds of weight.

You will need to experiment with the friction drag control.

 

The 679B can support 22 pounds of weight.

Just make sure that you snug the screws & nuts for the leg releases.

You don't want it to collapse on you without warning.

 

In the past, I have used my 322RC2 both horizontally & vertically with high

magnification binoculars successfully. 

 

The Manfrotto 322RC2 comes with a removeable floor plate and also

a small allen wrench for adjusting tension on the ball.

If it does not come with an allen wrench you can always buy one at a

hardware store, etc.

 

It wouldn't hurt to ask if they still have the "instruction sheet" that came with

the 322RC2 ball head. Worth a try.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=WSRuQ0QlW1I

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=lFx3s9SHH54

 

Stan


Edited by hallelujah, 06 December 2018 - 05:33 PM.

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#3 perogi99

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 02:28 PM

Thanks for your input Stan.

 

The youtube videos are very informative.

 

Paul



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:27 PM

I have the 322RC2 on a Manfrotto XPROA4 monopod . It gets used frequently with my 5.5 pound AP 15x70's  and occasional use with my 10x35 E2's  with no problems at all . Very happy with the setup.

 

Pic  with 15x70

 

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:29 PM

And one with 8x42

 

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 03:46 PM

With Albie's help I have the exact set up and it works very well.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 09:48 PM

I have two different Manfrotto monopod setups.

 

This monopod...  https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

With this head...  https://www.amazon.c...1?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

And also this monopod... https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

With the same altitude head.

 

I use the first for birding and for heavy pack backpacking with mid sized binoculars.  I use the quick deploy pistol grip monopod for light and fast night time treks into local open space preserved (after hours) to do Ninja astronomy.

 

I like them both.  The three footed monopod is more stable, but the pistol grip unit us faster, lighter and more compact.

 

Best,

 

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 01:51 PM

Mine is Manfrotto 560B monopod with 234QR head for my Nikon 12x50SE similar to this one.  Very happy with it.

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:18 PM

Thanks everyone for your input.

 

I'm having some second thoughts if I should spend the $150 (cost of monopod plus head) and instead invest it in a better pair of binoculars. 

 

The 15 x 70 Cavalry are very lightweight for its size but the image does suffer from collimation and sharpness issues.

 

I could probably sell these for $50 and have a budget of $200-$250 for another pair.

 

Still debating.... 



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:27 PM

Upgrade to a better binocular. waytogo.gif

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 06:26 PM

You may do as Stan suggested.

 

Instead of buying a last generation monopod with all the whistles, you can upgrade for a better binocular and still get some money for a used simple combo of monopod and tilt head for the extra support you need.

 

I got a as new boxed Manfrotto 681B monopod for 40€ and I later bought a new Manfrotto 234RC2 tilt head for forty something (the same tilt head shown in different posts above).

 

This is my most used mount and I am very happy with the support it provides. It is stable and keeps the weight of the binoculars out of my arms and shoulders. It is easy to pan horizontally and the vertical tilt is easily achieved and locked. Height is managed by a simple 45º turn lever. I can use it while I am standing or seated. When seated I can lock the monopod between my legs.

 

Monopods are the mounts that give me the widest possible positions, without having to resort to some heavier and complicated mount, like a tripod or P-mount.

 

Even with a simple monopod I can see a lot of improvement when viewing with my 10x50s.

 

Also, a tilt head is way cheaper than a video head and it weighs much less. My monopod and tilt head combo is around 2lb only.

 

I am shure you can get a similar combo close to new for even less (of what I have paid) in the US.



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Posted Yesterday, 10:20 AM

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

 

I had decided to skip on the monopod combo and instead start looking around for a better binocular in the $300 range.

 

Paul


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