Bogen/Manfrotto Magic Arm
Posted 06 July 2004 - 03:14 AM
I was wondering if anyone has used the Bogen/Manfrotto Magic Arm with Binoculars?
If so is it stable enough to hold my 16x70 Fujinons? I'm thinking of trying this as a lightwieght alternative to a P-Mount.
Posted 06 July 2004 - 08:40 AM
Looks like it would be move and lock, move and lock.
No counter weight to balance the cantilevered binoculars. Tipping hazard.
Posted 06 July 2004 - 08:51 AM
Supposidly it is a friction based system. Set it so there is enough friction to hold the bino in place and it should still be movable. I wanted to combine it with a micro ball head sitting directly between the Objektives to alow a degree of finer motion for centering an object.
My Tripod spreads wide so tipping should not be a problem. The Fuji's only weigh 1.9kg's
Posted 07 July 2004 - 08:43 PM
Posted 27 July 2004 - 02:40 AM
In use, one simply lossends the large adjusting knob while holding the binos in the other hand. (Binos should be light enough to hold with one hand) Move the binos to a comfortable observing position, center the target, and tighten the knob. Thats all, 5 seconde setup, no counterwieghts and a virtualy unlimited range of motion/adjustment.
I hope to have a few pictures and a mini review in a few weeks.
Posted 30 July 2004 - 10:33 AM
Unfortunatly I did not consider the fact that I would have to hold the binoculars with one hand, while tightening the large knob with the other. After 1/2 hour the arm holding the bino's was exhaustet. This was not my idea of "relaxed" binocular astronomy.
So now its back to the drawing board. I'm going to go with a p-mount setup with a counter wieght. Later I will try to replace the counterweight with springs.
Posted 30 July 2004 - 12:34 PM