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    Re: Image

    Hi All

    Parts for the ''T'' Bar Mount have begun to arrive.

    Anyone who is around a modern mountain bike, look down at your handlebar installation.
    The bars can be shaped or completely straight. I found a black anodized aluminum bar 600mm long,
    'swept-back' by five degrees. The center of the handlebar has a bulge - like the center of a bar galaxy.
    The stem has to accept the size of the ''bulge'', which can vary.
    The parts were chosen by looking at a bicycle dealers stock and on Amazon, and selecting 'cheap', or 'sale' items.
    The best I could do, as far as price, was around forty dollars for the bar, stem, 'adapter' and bar-end grips.
    The cloth 'bino mount is around twenty dollars. There are far more expensive ones.

    This price seems very reasonable considering the costs of some photographic 'add-on' pieces.
    The only photographic solution I came across was a 'hand-held-monopod' for selfies.
    It looked too thin, and you would require two, plus mounting modifications at the mono-pod.
    As they have ball-head like ends, there would be more adjustments offered.

    You could spend considerably more, if you plan to construct ''bino-flex'' 'gifts' in the future.
    If I don't damage any-thing I can always convert a 'racing-bicycle' to a flat handlebar.

    I intend to mount the handle bar assembly, via a adapted 'adapter' to a sturdy monopod.

    I've ordered a cloth-and-strap binocular mount to hold the binoculars to the mono-pod and
    offer an additional layer of 'shock-proofing' or 'anti-vibration'.

    One would focus and tilt the binocular on the mono-pod and then hold on via the padded grips.
    The mono-pod already is equipped with a ball head.
    You would in effect 'decouple' yourself from the optics.

    I have a several Oberwerk binoculars I am anxious to try this way. The attachment to the
    bars may have to be altered to a direct bolt in arrangement for the heavier 20x80s, while a lighter
    'bino would get the cloth mounting.

    All of this marvelous re-engineering can be done with wooden pieces or cannibalized used bicycle parts or an old broom.
    Next: the optional counter-balance frame.
    Now if we could just pan and tilt using the hand-brake levers...

    Best Wishes
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    Default Re: Sky & Telescope Image-Stabilize Your Binoculars

    Sounds good: make sure you post a piccie of the finished article, and good luck!

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    Re: Image

    Hi All

    Parts on Hand and On Order

    My adapter arrived.
    A 'stepped' metal tube with spacers cut square on the bottom.
    The rear of the stem fits the adapter, the front the handle-bar.

    A bolt runs through the adapter.
    This is not photographic thread and will have to be replaced with 1/4-20 threaded rod.

    Since the bottom will fit onto the mono-pod head, and the top will accept a female threaded binocular adapter -
    The overall length of this rod may be binocular adapter specific.
    The cloth flat binocular mount pad with straps has little internal thread, (a short rod).
    The usual binocular adapter will be happier with a longer rod.
    Large binoculars with a frame may need a different - even longer length.

    Have decided to use 1/4-20 rod and some female threaded rod couplers.
    A length of rod screws in from either end of the coupler.
    This will give an rod adjustment within the stem holding adapter (which is a hollow tube).
    So two small pieces of threaded rod will be used... perhaps three...
    Other info at DIY...

    Best Wishes
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    Binoculars: Oberwerk BT-16x70-45, 20x80 Deluxe III, 11x70LW, Large Mirror Mount, Tall Tripod, L adapter, case, Alpen Pro 7-21x40, Pro 10x50WA, Steiner Predator Pro 8x22
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    Re: Image

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    Parts on Hand and on Order

    The 'Cloth' Binocular Adapter Arrived.
    There are many binocular mounts that serve to hold binoculars without a mounting port.
    They are either plastic formed structures with a form-fit design for a specific brand or a
    simpler pad with a threaded bottom port and straps to hold the binocular.
    As a famous name becomes attached the price increases.
    Some straps use velcro, some a buckle. I looked at several models, and chose straps.

    A cloth pad covers a heavy, ridged plate with a female 1/4-20 threaded port on the bottom.
    This particular model has a plastic buckle on a thin ''seat-belt'' like strap.
    The velcro strap model had been found too small by some.
    I have read reviews where the velcro straps had to be altered by the user...

    Some second thoughts:
    I wish the threaded plate was thicker - so more thread was available for attachment...
    I suppose the buckle could scratch the 'bino or break with use...
    This attachment itself is another candidate for DIYs.
    A thicker plate, padded well on top, more thread, longer straps with velcro (no buckle)...

    Best Wishes
    JFD
    Binoculars: Oberwerk BT-16x70-45, 20x80 Deluxe III, 11x70LW, Large Mirror Mount, Tall Tripod, L adapter, case, Alpen Pro 7-21x40, Pro 10x50WA, Steiner Predator Pro 8x22
    OTAs: Stellarvue 80mm ED, 102mm F11 ED Achro Planet Killer, Recticle Finder, Diagonals, 45 degree Erecting Prism
    EPs: Vixen NPL - 5 pair, Meade 4000 Zoom, Orion moon filters, polarizer, Zhumell O-III
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    Hi All

    As I sit here a package sits nearby with some additional parts.

    I ordered three (yes three) pairs of mounts to hold a small item to the handlebar.
    One set is plastic, another is plastic with straps and the last is metal and is small-case letter ''q'' shaped.
    They are sold to hold LED flashlights or video cameras to a bicycle handlebar.
    String or shoe-laces or a plastic ''C'' shape clamp would also work, with an eye bolt.
    The idea is to fit one end or side of this to the bar and the other to the shoulder bracket construct.
    It could then be easily attached and detached. It would add utility to the ''bino-flex''.
    I feel that if this connection pivots too much - it may not function as well to damp vibration.

    Also in the package is a pair of suspenders.
    The ''U'' shaped mount with the upright sides riding on your shoulders are connected behind your head to a cross bar.
    I plan to shorten the suspenders and mount all 'loose' suspender ends to the rear area of the astronomer at the waist.
    That could be three or four connections depending on the suspender style. Tension applied to the shoulder bar.
    A substitute might be elastic strap or bungee cord or an old bicycle tube.

    So your hands would push down on the bar - the shoulder strap would pull up on the bar -
    and you could (possibly) remove the mono-pod, or shorten it.

    Now all we need is a red flashing light, overhead propeller and a unicycle.

    Best Wishes
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    Binoculars: Oberwerk BT-16x70-45, 20x80 Deluxe III, 11x70LW, Large Mirror Mount, Tall Tripod, L adapter, case, Alpen Pro 7-21x40, Pro 10x50WA, Steiner Predator Pro 8x22
    OTAs: Stellarvue 80mm ED, 102mm F11 ED Achro Planet Killer, Recticle Finder, Diagonals, 45 degree Erecting Prism
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    Re: Image

    Hi All

    Hardware Purchased

    I found the threaded-rod couplers at a local hardware store. Much less expensive than on-line.
    Stainless steel nuts and washers were also on hand.

    The threaded rod I finally settled on was stainless steel and some-what more expensive, as it was cut
    into three inch pieces for use with a valve. Since adjustment height will/may be required, I went that way...

    I want to make adjustments for different instruments as easy and fool-proof as possible.
    A large astronomy binocular with a metal mount frame requires a female connector from the mount, and perhaps a spacer,
    and a regular binocular adapter requires a male connector on the mount. The threaded couplers should help...

    Best Wishes
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    Binoculars: Oberwerk BT-16x70-45, 20x80 Deluxe III, 11x70LW, Large Mirror Mount, Tall Tripod, L adapter, case, Alpen Pro 7-21x40, Pro 10x50WA, Steiner Predator Pro 8x22
    OTAs: Stellarvue 80mm ED, 102mm F11 ED Achro Planet Killer, Recticle Finder, Diagonals, 45 degree Erecting Prism
    EPs: Vixen NPL - 5 pair, Meade 4000 Zoom, Orion moon filters, polarizer, Zhumell O-III
    Other: Astro-Tech Voyager Altazimuth Mount, ProAm Tripod, Rivelli Tripod Dolly, Garrett 5000 Head, Opteka M900 Monopod and TH40 Head, Manfrotto Shoulder-pod, Vanguard SB-100 Stone Bag, Vestil CPRO 600 Chair.

 

 
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