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Bino Mounts - help out a dufus...

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 11:58 AM

I just got a pair of Celestron 15x70's.
I picked 'em up for $72 new. I thought that was a decent deal so I couldn't pass it up.

This is the first pair I've had above 8x. Man, now I know what they mean by needing to mount them.

Standard tripod is uncomfortable to use with them.

I've seen them everywhere... those fancy bino-mounts with parrellogram arms. I can see the advantages.

However, now that I want to buy one, I can't find them anywhere.

Anyone have some sites that sell them. Or maybe some plans to build them...

Keep in mind, I only spent $72 on the binoculars, I don't want to spend 1,000 on the mount but a decent one up to $400 wouldn't be bad if the base was usable for other mounts.

thanks

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 12:56 PM

Mike,
Check out Big Binoculars.com or Universal Astronomics.com for a start.
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Posted 17 April 2004 - 01:57 PM

Great thanks!

Now... anyone have any suggestions as to the 'best'. I'm seeing quite a few mounts in my price range.

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 02:28 PM

If you already have a sturdy tripod and access to a bandsaw and drill press, you can build your own parallelogram mount in a day for less than $60.00. If you are careful, it will be better than the $250 ones.

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 02:49 PM

Just returned from NEAF 2004 show. Burgess has some nice Oak mounts selling for around $100 that can handle your 15X70. Spend a little more for the HD mount and you can mount binos up to 9 lb 25X100s. For under $300 you can get the UA T-mount light with four deg of freedom suitable for viewing from a recliner.

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 02:53 PM

I think the Universal Astronomics Unimount Basic is the best you can get for binocs up to 5#-6#. The 15x70s weigh about 3.75# Also buy the deluxe binocular adapter for ?29$, it allows for one more movement. It's really a nice setup. can be mounted on top of a Bogen tripod or a surveyor's tripod, both cost about the same. If you're only going to buy one tripod, buy a Bogen before the surveyor. You can put a standard tripod head on top of the bogen and use it for other things.

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 03:07 PM

If you already have a sturdy tripod and access to a bandsaw and drill press, you can build your own parallelogram mount in a day for less than $60.00. If you are careful, it will be better than the $250 ones.


Anyone know a link to plans for this venture?

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 04:06 PM

Craig and I took a different route and made sit down bino holders.

For a sheet of plywood, a little head scratching and snooping around the net you can end up with a very comfortable viewing chair. If you could mount a dentists' chair in your back yard that would be even better. Replace that annoying light with your pair of binoculars. You're still welcome to make drill and sucking sounds as much as you want. :)

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Posted 17 April 2004 - 05:08 PM

Anyone know a link to plans for this venture?


There's a very nice one (I have used the mount and can attest to it being good) at:
http://www.gcw.org.uk/bino/binonet.htm

There's an even better one, by Scott Wilson, in my ATM book ( http://astunit.com/p...mybooks.htm#ATM ), but it's really not worth buying the book just for that -- borrow it from a library if you're interested in seeing the mount plans.

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 01:51 PM

Link below:
This is the basic plan I used. I made a few mods for improvement IMO. I used a metal L bracket to mount the binos on the wood, and an alum. 1" rod for the cw arm extension. The handles on the wood bino bracket are not really needed, you can grasp and turn the wood OK. Wide plastic washers are used in the arms and a piece of UHMW plastic for a pivot bearing on the bottom.

If you can get a scrap piece of 3"x3"x1/4" aluminum angle, the L-shaped bino adapters are easily made. Cut off a piece about 1" wide, narrow it to about 1/2" where the binos. mount, drill and tap holes, and you're set. If you have the tools, these can be made for less than $1 each, and will be quite strong.
http://home.att.net/.../kellerbino.htm

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 08:11 AM

Here's one I made. Legs aren't attached.

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 08:13 AM

Here's the mounting end. Springs for counter balance and clamping knob to hold binos at desired angle.

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 04:51 PM

Mike, here are a few sites I checked out before making my mount. They should give you some ideas. One tip I can give you is, make sure and tape all your arms to-gether before drilling your holes. The same goes for the centre piece and the piece at the bino end. The more accurate you measure and drill these holes... the smoother the action of the parralellogram. (I'm sure I spelt that wrong:)
Must get a photo of my mount on the forum. I made it from bits and pieces of wood I found lying around at work. I'm still modifying it and I like Craigs idea for the mounting end as I also own 20x90s. The present config works well with the 15x70s but the 20x90s will need something sturdier at the bino end. Good luck with your mount and try these...
http://www.gcw.org.uk/bino/binonet.htm
http://www.astro-tom...cular_mount.htm
http://www.pacificsi...ooke/Bino.shtml
http://home.hot.rr.c...hart/binos.html
http://www.granitic....stro/binomt.htm
http://starpaul.com/Binoc.html
http://www.timphiz.co.uk/funstuff.htm

Regards Alfie

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 10:34 PM

Umm... this guy is scary serious about his hobby.

http://spacsun.rice....BF_binchair.jpg

Dang I want his chair though!

Thanks everyone for all the info.

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 04:39 AM

You can also use a monpod with your binos. Or if you really want a tripod you can add an arm like this:

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 12:04 PM

Has anyone ever used Universal Astronomics T-mount light or have any opinion about them? I'm starting to investigate p-mount to use with my 22x100 obies so I'm interested in what anyone has to say.

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 12:27 PM

NW,

Larry's UA shop is not very far. Down Rt. 146 and west a bit into downtown Webster. You could stop over the shop and check out all his gear first hand.

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 02:17 PM

Has anyone ever used Universal Astronomics T-mount light


I ought to be able to give you some opinion of the T-mount (not the "light") fairly soon (should be shipped this week, then it's got to negotiate its way through HM Customs and Excise). After a lengthy discussion with Larry Patriarca of UA I settled on that one as best suited to my needs.

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 11:10 PM

Thanks EdZ. I had no idea that a UA shop was anywhere near me. I might arrange a visit.

Stephen, I eagerly wait for your T-mount impressions.

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 09:36 AM

Not "A" UA shop, "THE" UA shop. You will really get a feel for "small business" when you visit Larry.

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 09:57 AM

That's what I ment. Slip of the fingers. I have a personal preference for small buisinesses in nearly all economic spheres so I am pleased to hear this and even more encouraged to pay a visit.


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