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#1 rania

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 12:35 AM

I have an Altair 100mm 45° Giant Observation Binoculars. However, I cannot use them because I do not have a mount.

On altairastro.com they recommend the ioptron az mount pro but I am not so sure this would be suitable. I don't even see it on their website.

I know just about nothing about these things except that I am very frustrated not being able to observe the night sky.

Thanks for any help.



#2 Vondragonnoggin

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 12:41 AM

You might try a search in the Binoculars forum also. Lots of people using big binos like yours and several methods of mounting them from fork mounts to fluid heads to “L” adapters for alt-az setups.

 

Be sure to list your budget if you post a question over there on mounting and describe if you want goto ability or not.


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#3 Littlegreenman

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 02:36 AM

On the Altair site they recommend the Altair Sabre mount.

Also check the Binocular mount here on CN. There is a lot of information there.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 03:45 AM

I use 2 different mounts for my 102mm binoscope, the Skywatcher AZ-EQ6GT and more recently a lighter mount, the FTX. 

I use an L-bracket with both mounts....

 

 

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#5 Kunama

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 03:46 AM

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#6 junomike

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:25 AM

I have an Altair 100mm 45° Giant Observation Binoculars. However, I cannot use them because I do not have a mount.

On altairastro.com they recommend the ioptron az mount pro but I am not so sure this would be suitable. I don't even see it on their website.

I know just about nothing about these things except that I am very frustrated not being able to observe the night sky.

Thanks for any help.

Welcome to Cloudynights.

As already mentioned your best bet will be in the Binocular Fourm (I can move this thread there if you desire).

I have a similar Binocular and use a Manfrotto Tripod/Head combo as seen here.

With 45° Binoculars it's important to get a Tripod with an adjustable Column as viewing above 45° gets difficult otherwise.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 04:00 PM

If you're handy, build a parallelogram mount out of wood and parts from big box stores.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 04:08 PM

https://www.cloudyni...38-1119160651a/

Those are 25×100 Oberwerks about 10lbs. That is a Meade field tripod I had. Lots of pictures online. Search Parallelogram mount.


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#9 Hilbily

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:22 AM

Manfrotto N12 and 161 tripod works great for me.



#10 Hesiod

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 07:53 AM

Vixen sells the HF2 fork mount for binoculars: https://global.vixen...oduct/tls10106/

 

 

I have this one made by Tecnosky (a very reputable Italian shop)

 

http://shop.tecnosky...elleduo&Score=1

 

which use with my 4" refractor. This mount has a couple of nice features: first, it can be placed on standard photographic tripods; second, it can be equipped with the Nexus DSC.

 

Since you have a 45° angled binocular, I think that such kind of mount could be more comfortable than parallelogram mounts.


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