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#1 mla

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 01:26 AM

Hi. A couple of years ago I asked on these forums about a good scope for viewing our property. One of the recommendations was getting wwii 10x80 flak binos. Well, I finally found one smile.gif

 

Can anyone recommend a good mount for this? It's going in our living room on wood floors, so I don't think it can be too accurate of a repro (from what I've seen the tripods had big ground spikes).

 

I'd like something attractive but functionality is most important, of course. Not even sure what kind of mount it needs. Can anyone point me to resources?

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:08 PM

How high do you need the binos to be held?  Standing use or sitting?  Standing use means a tall, sturdy tripod, particular with a 14# bino.  Being at a low 10x magnification is a help.

 

One of the several Manfrotto geared column studio tripod models could work well for you.  A geared column is a big help for making the necessary and frequent height adjustments needed for viewing with binos. 

 

Some tripods to consider:

 

https://www.bhphotov...ripod_Legs.html

 

https://www.bhphotov...Pro_Triman.html

 

https://www.bhphotov...Studio_Pro.html

 

https://www.bhphotov...deo_Tripod.html

 

You'll need a counterbalanced video head or a fork mount on top of the tripod for the alt/az motions you'll need.  Fork mounts are heavier than video heads so you have to take that into account for your total load weight the tripod supports.  You need to be conservative in the weight rating of the tripod, a 10x bino amplifies any shakiness 10x, too.

 

https://www.bhphotov...luid_video.html

 

https://www.bhphotov...video_head.html

 

https://oberwerk.com...-xl-fork-mount/

 

As you see, mounting a binocular can add to the cost of a binocular considerably.  There are some good deals on used equipment if you're patient and know just what you want.  

 

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 07:33 PM

Check out the tripod section of Oberwerk.com. They have some wooden models that should work real well. If you are unsure, give Kevin a call. He's been a great help to forum members. Good luck! waytogo.gif


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 10:55 PM

Thank you!

 

> How high do you need the binos to be held?  Standing use or sitting?  Standing use means a tall, sturdy tripod, particular with a 14# bino.

 

Yes, standing.

 

Thank you for all the links. I'll begin researching. Offhand, the wooden Oberwerk tripod is along the aesthetic I was hoping for. I was wondering about an old wooden surveyor tripod, but now I'm thinking that's too risky. The Oberwerk seems very nice.



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Posted 13 April 2021 - 12:46 AM

You'll have to decide if the tripod is mainly for "show" in the living room or for "go" in actual use. Will it be only for terrestrial use, viewing your local landscape?  Standing astronomy use calls for a taller tripod; you're putting the binos up a bit higher than your head and making small, incremental height changes as you move around the sky.  Will 57" height plus additional column easily put the eyepieces where you need them?

 

Think about those height changes, too; the wooden Oberwerk tripod is aesthetically nice but the only adjustable height column available is a sliding CF "rapid column" where you have to manually lift the 19 - 22# weight of the binos plus mount up/down and lock it without a geared, crank-operated column that lifts the load effortlessly.  It's something to think about...

 

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