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No Tripod Adapter on Bushnell Rangemaster FPO’s?

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#1 DavidSt

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 09:33 AM

I wanted to mount my Rangemaster FPO 7x35’s on a monopod.   So I took off the tripod adapter cap only to find there are no threads, just a smooth bore hole.  The hole is bigger than a standard tripod mounting screw so I can’t just drill it out and tap the appropriate screw size.  Has anyone  found the same issue and found an appropriate solution for this?  


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Posted 19 January 2021 - 10:18 AM

https://www.bhphotov...od_adapter.html

 

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 06:25 PM

Thanks, aware of that one. I was hoping someone had an elegant solution for a tripod screw mount so I could use the Mutnt quick detach binocular system I already have that works well too. I installed the Mutnt studs on all my other binoculars and was hoping to do the same on my Rangemasters.

https://mutntgear.co...-tripod-adapter

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Posted 21 January 2021 - 10:28 PM

I know there are thread adapters 1/4-20 to 3/8. Check Amazon for others and work from there. If you can drill and tap a 3/8's hole then you have a fairly easy solution. Good luck with your project!



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Posted 22 January 2021 - 03:29 PM

I don’t have a good drill press to guarantee a straight hole but threaded inserts are what I thought I’d resort to also. Tapping the hole is the easy part after that. I either need to find a friend with a good drill press or see if a local tool and die would do it inexpensively for me. Thanks much. DaveS

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 06:10 PM

Have you considered a large clamp which would grab onto one one of the barrels? ff, for example , the pic via Rich V, of the clamp used by the
Suddarths on their alignment setup which uses Navy Mk V. reversed telescope artificial infinity target parts?


I made and used Delrin hinge grabbers for shop and field situations. A good clamp for one of the barrels seems to be a a more rigid and more generally useful method.

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 11:00 PM

I have the Berlebach, but I prefer to use the Nikon SE/Astroluxe (7806) tripod adapter with my FPO Rangemasters. And because it works with so many other binoculars as well, I have three of them. And yes, I have used all three at the same time.

 

https://www.bhphotov...GRoCrKgQAvD_BwE 


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:44 PM

I have used the Nikon 7806 for years, in particular for the WWII B&L wide angle 7 x50, and the Sard 6 x 42. But stabilization with a tripod or other means is not a usual problem at 6x or 7x

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 07:18 PM

 Do you know what the strap is made of ?



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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:01 AM

 Do you know what the strap is made of ?

It's rubber.


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 06:36 AM

I have the Berlebach, but I prefer to use the Nikon SE/Astroluxe (7806) tripod adapter with my FPO Rangemasters. And because it works with so many other binoculars as well, I have three of them. And yes, I have used all three at the same time.

 

https://www.bhphotov...GRoCrKgQAvD_BwE

This is unquestionably the best adapter I have ever used, though I've not tried the Berlebach.

 

The Nikon adapter is well-engineered, very rigid and secure and grips the bino so that it exhibits zero roll or play.

 

My only concern, other than price, is that it can slightly scratch the hinge of the binocular which it holds.

 

Does anyone have a solution for this?

 

Graham



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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:44 PM

.... duct tape can solve many problems?!

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 02:55 PM

Here is a "super clamp", that grabs the barrel..

 

https://www.bhphotov...mp_without.html

 

I have found that even a 7x picks up more detail, and it's

  more relaxing to study something.  

 

To also prevent neck straining, you can use a mirror mount.


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:00 PM

.... duct tape can solve many problems?!

Peter

I bungied binoculars onto a platform with a stick going over my shoulder

  once.  Worked well.  Duct tap would have done well.  You would need to put

  paper towel on the binocs, though, or a little foam. Otherwise the tape 

  gets all goopy with the leather.  Foam would give you the elasticity the 

  duct tape doesn't have...  And you would lose maybe 40 cents per usage...

  Not bad.




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