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#1 Papkin

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:34 PM

Hi, I've got 12x50 binocular's, after some observations, I want to get some type of mount for them, can you help me choose which type should I choose? I doesn't want to spend much money, and do anything DIY. I've heard that Tripod's are very hard to use when it comes to angles above 45 degrees. Monopods looks like they won't help me with holding binoculars steady. I've seen also the parallelogram mount, but It look like very expensive. What type should I choose?



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:37 PM

If you're considering expensive/large parallelogram mounts, I always recommend Canon image stabilized binoculars, I like the 15x50s myself. In the end, if you buy used, you'll come out same price or cheaper than giant binocs + a proper mount, and they'll be perfectly hand holdable.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:43 PM

I use a surveyor's tripod with parallelogram mount and it's great. All the sky is easily seen standing, seated or reclining. Don't go too light on the tripod. A medium duty surveyor's tripod makes all the difference over a lighter photo tripod. And likely costs less too.


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#4 ButterFly

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:52 PM

They are only 12x50s.  A very basic tripod lilke this will be fine when seated.  You have to lock and unlock whenever you want to pan around, but it has a rising center column so you don't have to crouch down when looking higher up.  It's not tall enough to use when standing.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:53 PM

https://farpointastr...e-your-package/

 

 

Use them like havasman recommends, and they work great.


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 05:17 PM

Definitely check out the video at the bottom of the page on the above link.

 

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 05:35 PM

Forget the mount and grab yourself a zero-gravity reclining char.



#8 Littlegreenman

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 06:07 PM

There is a Binocular forum here on CN

https://www.cloudyni.../64-binoculars/

 

Start with two pinned links at the top: Links of Interest and *BEST OF Binocular Forum*.

Look through that for sections on mounting binoculars. Some of that info is out of date

Then search the forum for "mount."

This should only take you ... oh... 2-3 years to wade through.

 

Question for you: for astronomy or on-our-planet use?

 

Check out:

monopods

Parallelogram mounts aka as P-mount

mirror mounts

Zero-gravity recliner

Home made devices

 

A metal rod with a counterweight. I have one. It helps, but not like a rigid mount

https://www.ebay.com...usAAOSwz5ZZug7K

 

P-mounts offer rigidity, and ability to move the binocular up and and stay aimed, and easy to move around the night sky.

With 12x50's with smaller size and magnification, you can get close that with some other devices for less cost.

 

LGM


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 07:36 PM

12x50 binoculars will work fine on a sturdy photo tripod with a center column... preferably one with a crank to raise and lower the binos. There is one huge "caveat" here. Any tripod or P-mount for that matter will put your neck in a kink when you are looking anywhere near zenith (straight up)!! So from experience, I recommend skipping tripods, monopods and P-mounts. Get a zero gravity type chair first and work from there. Your neck with thank you! Good luck with your choice. waytogo.gif



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 07:51 PM

DIY don't get much easier than this mount..,Works all good.,

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:06 PM

DIY don't get much easier than this mount..,Works all good.,

I’d love to know what that center joint is and how you have it attached to your binoculars.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:13 PM

DIY don't get much easier than this mount..,Works all good.,

It looks like you forgot to take the caps off.


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:41 PM

Forget the mount and grab yourself a zero-gravity reclining char.

This compliments the chair.  https://garyseronik....inocular-mount/

 

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:48 PM

The center joint.,if I am correct in what you are referring to is a broomstick and it is notched and drilled for a 1/4" thumbscrew.,which screws into the bino.,I can mount one or two bino's on it.,Or a scope as a counterweight.,lol.,

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:10 PM

The center joint.,if I am correct in what you are referring to is a broomstick and it is notched and drilled for a 1/4" thumbscrew.,which screws into the bino.,I can mount one or two bino's on it.,Or a scope as a counterweight.,lol.,

Following this topic just so I can copy your mount.


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 07:15 AM

I have very good luck mounting the binoculars on any old cheap tripod (assuming that it's at least four or five feet tall) and tilting it back on two legs over my lap while I'm sitting in a chair. It is surprisingly stable, and very easy to operate. It extends my comfortable-viewing zone from roughly 30 degrees off the horizon with a tripod resting on three legs to about 60 degrees off the horizon.


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