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#1 has530

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 09:58 PM

I'm about to buy my first real pair of astro bins (everything else I have is compact or roof prism) and want to get something to mount them on. I want something cheap, but not bad that I will hate using it. For now I am getting oberwerk deluxe 10x50s but may move up to 70mm or 80mm in the future so I want whatever I get to be able to handle a weight upgrade. Any suggestions?



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:20 PM

Here's one possibility, previous thread:

 

https://www.cloudyni.../#entry10369082



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:35 PM

Look at the Oberwerk 5000 and read the archives. You want a really tall tripod. And while you might be able to find something for USD 100 to mount a 50mm bino, if you plan to go up to 70mm or more an inexpensive tripod won't be stable.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:47 PM

I really like my Oberwerk 2000 monopod for my 10x50s, either standing or reclining in my zero gravity chair, but it wouldn't be adequate for 70 or 80 mm binos.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 11:59 PM

The Oberwerk monopod works well my 10x50's & 15x70's. So does a light weight photo tripod with the 10x50's from a seated position. Just rock the set-up back on two legs to steady the binoculars. Seated will stabilize the view no matter what you use. Standing is the most difficult position for steadiness. Good luck with your decision.



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 02:34 AM

Thanks for the tips everyone! I think I may go for the oberwerk 2000 since I might be willing to take that out camping/hiking due to its size/portability (plus I get a whopping $5 off if I bundle it with the L-mount and bins). I can also see myself upgrading the tripod later on in time so maybe it would be good to start with a monopod so I could still get some use out of it after I upgrade. 

I really like my Oberwerk 2000 monopod for my 10x50s, either standing or reclining in my zero gravity chair, but it wouldn't be adequate for 70 or 80 mm binos.

Why not? I have no experience with mounting optics on anything. Is it just a matter of weight or balance?



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 04:18 AM

As binos get bigger they get heavier. At the same time they typically magnify more. If one doesn't have large eye relief it is easy to touch the bino. This (or wind) causes vibrations. It takes a sturdy tripod to dampen vibrations quickly (think fully extended on spindly thin lowest legs).

 

The Oberwerk 2000 appears long enough.

 

Also take a look at this recent discussion

https://www.cloudyni...ve-bino-tripod/



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 02:04 PM

I have both the Oberwerk tripod and monopod. They work very well. The monopod is for smaller binoculars.



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Posted 23 November 2020 - 06:39 PM

I am going to give you same advise I was given here. You should read that entire topic. Thanks for the tip of fellow member ButterFly I was able to procure superb tripod Bogen 3035 with 3063 head for $70. The tripod can handle 25x100 as claimed by him, its super stable and was worth the price itself.
If you look around Ebay and Craiglist you can find good deals for used tripods. You should look for Bogen 3035 or 3036, if you lucky like me you will find one under $100. There are also Manfrotto 475B (3236), Bogen 3058 but they tend to be more expensive. Search for the local deals so you can avoid shipping cost and can examine product in person. If you interested in parallelogram there is one (Orion 05752 Monster Parallelogram) for sale right now in classifieds. New one will cost you $150 more. 


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