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    My latest astro purchase has arrived. Manfrotto 028B tripod with the 502HD fluid head. Now I need to get out and have a look at Orion before the season gets too far along. Perhaps even tonight if I brave the cold.

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    Default Re: New mount for 15x70s

    Hello Markan,

    this is a very good choice of a tripod and pan head. I have removed the handle (the long grip) on my Manfrotto, as it has been always in the way.

    Thanks for sharing,

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    Hi JG

    I had another tripod but it didn't have a centre column, so it was awkward to use. I found it hard on the neck because I had to crouch to observe any object greater than 30deg, even with the legs fully extended. The geared column makes a big difference.
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    Default Re: New mount for 15x70s

    Quote Originally Posted by markan View Post
    My latest astro purchase has arrived. Manfrotto 028B tripod with the 502HD fluid head. Now I need to get out and have a look at Orion before the season gets too far along. Perhaps even tonight if I brave the cold.

    What I have always done with camera tripods is NOT remove the handle. It's useful at times. Just mount the binocs "backward" so the handle is forward. ;-)
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    Default Re: New mount for 15x70s

    Hello Uncle Rod, hello Markan,

    the central column is very important, as I keep saying in countless posts, and as always, the observing comfort goes first.

    The Manfrotto fluid heads are pretty smooth, and up to some load, the handle is not necessary. The drawback of Manfrotto, if compared to the Cullmann, Slik and Velbon, is: the Manfrotto is in my eyes a bit soft, but that's just my point of view and taste.
    I am keeping the handles on the Velbon and Slik pan heads - at the opposite direction to the binocular oculars.

    I can't keep myself from getting nice tripods and pan heads, if I need them, or even not.

    Watching the Universe through a forest of my tripods,

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    I decided to journey out tonight. My first target will be the Pleiades. I don't know if I can see the Merope Nebula with 15x70s, but I want to give it a try. SkyTools ranks it as challenging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markan View Post
    I decided to journey out tonight. My first target will be the Pleiades. I don't know if I can see the Merope Nebula with 15x70s, but I want to give it a try. SkyTools ranks it as challenging.
    Hello Markan,

    in principle yes, but you'll need very clear skies without humidity, if possible.
    If your both eyes are nearly equal, then the sweet spot of the averted vision may be along the bisecting line - up or down. In my case it is down, and slightly to the left. Turn your body to get the expected Merope Nebula into the sweet spot of your averted vision. Sometimes it happens, that the Alcyone Nebula is also visible, or even better(?) than the Merope Nebula. A comparison with other stars, which are not surrounded by a nebula, always helps.

    Let the binoculars slowly cool down, and check the optical surfaces for a dew deposition - a low power laser pointer aimed through the binocutics is helpful. I have always a cleaning cloth in one of my pockets.

    Wishing you a successful observing session, and looking forward to your report,

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    Default Re: New mount for 15x70s

    This is probably a totally newbie question but are mounts and binoculars fairly universal? Or do you need to buy the correct mount for the binoculars that you have?

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    Default Re: New mount for 15x70s

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcav View Post
    This is probably a totally newbie question but are mounts and binoculars fairly universal? Or do you need to buy the correct mount for the binoculars that you have?
    Most binoculars will take a standard adapter that fits onto a regular camera tripod. A fancier mount is a parallelogram mount, which is more ergonomic for targets high in the sky.
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    Default New mount for 15x70s

    Most medium sized binoculars (8x40 to around 15x70) have a standard 1/4" camera thread socket on the front hinge - the cover usually unscrews - and you can get tripod adapters that screw into them (some scopes, like the celestron 15x70s come with the adapter - though the celestron one is plastic and notoriously prone to flexing - it's usable, but stiffening it up or replacing it with a solid metal version improves things a lot). Some binoculars don't have a socket - for those you can get an adapter that clamps on the central bar - and bigger astro binoculars often have a central bar with a tripod adapter built in.

    If you're planning to use them on a normal photo tripod, as JG says above, then a geared centre column comes in very handy for easily adjusting height as you tilt the binoculars up or down.
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