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Monopod for 15x70 / 20x80 binos?

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#1 Moey

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 01:51 AM

Hey guys,

 

I'm currently looking to purchase a pair of binos, either 15x70 (similar to Oberwerk Deluxe) or 20x80 (Orion ED style) and tempted to go down the path of monopod + pistol grip for the convenience and portability factor. I like the idea of using a monopod instead of a tripod to easily maneuver around it while panning the skies or lay back in a reclining chair (monopod would be much easier than a tripod). I haven't ruled out a parallelogram but would i'd rather avoid it if possible.

 

Appreciate your thoughts and experience.

 

Thank you.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 02:19 AM

Monopods are great for that size magnification.  I found a used Manfrotto 561 BHDV.  It gets very tall which is necessary for upward looking.

 

I did not like pistol grips because my hand got tired from all the squeezing.  The tilt head is all you really need because you can pan around in az with the leg.  I just grab by the objectives and forget about the monopod until I need to add height.  The advantage of the pistol grip is that you can keep the binos level as you tilt left and right on the leg to eat up some height or dodge a tree.  It's not that big a deal at night, but it helps during the day.  The big disadvantage of the pistol grip is the weight of the 70s or 80s.  It needs to have good tension control to avoid flopping around when you disengage.


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 02:44 AM

Cheap online basic monopod and trigger ball head, as per: http://binocularsky....binoc_mount.php
Make sure you have a robust mounting L bracket, the heavy metal one from opticron is bomb-proof!
Not as stable as a tripod, but easier to point and still takes mush of the star dancing out the view.
I am sure the monopod will wear out, but easily replaced. I use it with upto 15x79 both standing and reclining so I can get pretty much to zenith without to much trouble. I’ve also covered the metal bits of the head in thin neoprene to stop them getting freezing cold at night.

Enjoy

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 05:27 AM

Hello,

 

Even with a solid mounting device, not an 'L' bracket, and a tilt head, on mymonopod, I found a 15x60 too shaky.  A monopod works very well with my 12x50,  Your milage may vary.  

 

 

Stay safe,

Arthur Pinewood


Edited by Pinewood, 25 May 2020 - 05:28 AM.

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#5 Moey

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 04:11 PM

Thanks guys for the informative responses. 

 

@Butterfly great point about the pistol grip. I'll definitely stick with the fluid head.

@PeterW that's the intention I have as well. I have a metal L-bracket so ready to go :)

@Pinewood interesting you found it too shaky. With that in mind i can probably forget about mounting the 20x80 in that manner :(

 

Will report back how i go. Thanks!



#6 Moey

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 03:07 AM

Quick update I purchased a Manfrotto 475b tripod today :) I'm going to purchase either the Manfrotto 500AH or 502AH fluid head sometime this week.
I also didn't realise my Mefoto globetrotter converts to a monopod! I'll definitely do a comparison of the two once I get everything.
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#7 Moey

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 01:20 AM

I just purchased a Manfrotto MVH502AH fluid head :) Next step is to purchase the binoculars themselves. I was almost 100% certain i was going to buy the 20x80 binos until someone suggested a 5" SCT with binoviewers as the mount/head should easily handle that. I'll continue to research and make a decision next week.



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 06:58 AM

A monopod with a pan-tilt head worked pretty well for my 15x70s.  Not quite as well as using 2 legs of a tripod, but good for the convenience.


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 11:31 PM

My Garrett pistol grip monopod works great with 2.3 lb Orion 9x63 and 15x63mm Mini-Giant binos; but 70mm and 80mm binos MAY be too heavyand shake too much.



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Posted 19 June 2020 - 04:54 PM

Quick update... the 475b and mv502ah head perfectly mount a pair of 25x100 binos without hesitation :) Other then neck cramps from extensive use at night they're a solid combo.

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