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Advice On Choosing Binocular Mount

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#1 Chevy5759


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:41 PM

Evening everyone.

I have purchased a pair of 15 x 70 binoculars to take with me on my astro-vacation in West Texas the first part of April. I need recommendations for a well built sturdy mount. The binoculars will be used 99% of the time for astronomical viewing. 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated as I am out of my element in regards to quality camera / binocular mounts.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:27 PM

I went with a parallelogram mount and a zero gravity chair.  I can view for hours and just kick back.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:16 PM

I second the vote for a parallelogram mount. With the right one you can view standing, sitting or lying down. I got a Farpoint, clone of the old University optics mount and I love it. Works really well with my 20x80 binoculars.





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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:19 PM

I have 15 X 63 binos with an Orion Paragon heavy duty F2 field tripod & fluid pan head.   Was $90 a year ago.  Also needs a Mounting Adapter, $16.  

Fullu extended it is 69 1/2 ".  Folded height is 31 1/2".  Weighs 7.5 lbs.  I have no complaints.  Love it

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:27 AM

I will also recommend a P-Mount and reclining chair. Binoculars on a normal camera mount are ok for quick sessions but after about 30 minutes they become a pain in the neck... literally! šŸ˜³šŸ˜Ž
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:11 AM

That's easy !

Skip the tripod & mount, do something like this



 Nothing else comes close, IME




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Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:36 AM

If you're taking your butler with you to west Texas, then a p-mount is certainly the way to go.  But a tripod is more reasonable for the butlerless unless you are observing right out of your trunk.  A monopod at 16x is good during the day, but no good at night for me compared to a tripod.


BarlowBill's tripod has everything you are looking for.  A geared center column to raise the eyepieces as you look further up and a fluid pan head for smooth motions.  The weight capacity is near the limit though, so it can't grow with your equipment.


You are close enough to a big artsy city that classifieds are worth checking.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:33 AM

I'm in the process of trying this for my 10x50s and 15x70s but I decided to replace the woodworking with a tripod clamp that hasn't arrived yet.  No idea if it will work as advertised, but the whole thing folds down to a relatively small package.  YEMV.




I've found that my 15x70s on a ballhead on a monopod is much better than handheld, but still not as stable as I'd like it to be.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:40 AM

The specification is incomplete.  Will this be setup each night?  Will you be changing sites daily?  What is your viewing experience and what are your habits?  How will you be traveling and do you have size and or weight limitations?  How quickly do you need to set up and take down?  How much are you willing to spend & is cost an issue?


Depending upon your requirements one of the above will work better than others.


Since you specified a mount, the "rifle sling" approach was not suggested.  I teach it in my astro classes and a $10 camera strap provides relatively steady viewing for glances of just a minute or two at a time.



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:00 AM

I have an Oberwerk 15x70 Ultra (5.5 lbs.) that I use on an Oberwerk 5000 tripod and head.  The 5000 head is rated for 16 lbs. so the binoculars are rock steady on it.  However, at 13 lbs. it's likely to be a bit heavy for mobile use.


If you are going with a tripod/head combo versus another mount type, keep in mind a few factors:  (1) you will be limited in elevation depending on the height of the tripod and your neck's ability to tilt back;  (2) an elevator crank feature to raise and lower the head really makes adjustment easy to zero in on a specific target;  (3) the closer the tripod/head's capacity is to your binocular weight, the more easily the entire assembly will shake, which can be really annoying.

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#11 Chevy5759


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for the responses everyone! I am going to follow up on the suggestions.


I like the P-amounts. Iā€™m thinking I will go that direction. Already have the anti-grav chair!

Thanks for the great help!

Edited by Chevy5759, 15 March 2019 - 08:26 PM.

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