How to Mount Binoculars on a Tripod
Whether you are bird watching, on a camping trip or looking at wildlife in your own backyard, you probably own at least one pair of binoculars. While they are handy and portable, binoculars are sometimes difficult to use if you want to focus in on an object, especially if it is at a long distance. Although you may think of a tripod as a camera accessory, it can also be adapted for use with binoculars to steady them and make it easier to monitor a specific area.
Mounting Binoculars on a Tripod
Things You’ll Need:
- Adapter kit
Select the correct tripod. If you are using it outdoors, make sure it is made to take the weather. Adjustable legs and rubber tips will help steady the tripod on uneven areas.
Choose an adapter kit that will fit the tripod. Often these will be sold in sets. If you need an adapter for your existing tripod, check for recommendations by the manufacturer. Most kits require a standard 1/4-20 thread on the tripod.
Follow the manufacturer's directions on installing the adapter. There are several different types including a U mount and front mount.
Attach the binoculars to the adapter. While you want a secure fit, you also don't want it too tight. Adjust the hand-tightening knob as needed.
Make sure you have secured the tripod and adjusted the legs for the best viewing and to avoid damaging equipment.
Tips & Warnings
Mounted binoculars are particularly handy when a crowd is viewing an object. You can avoid repositioning it for each person.
Don't try to skimp by getting a too-small adapter kit or tripod for your binoculars. You want it to hold them as steady as possible for optimum viewing.
Article Written By Catherine Rayburn-Trobaug
Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh has been a writer and college writing professor since 1992. She has written for international companies, published numerous feature articles in the "Wilmington News-Journal," and won writing contests for her poetry and fiction. Rayburn-Trobaugh earned a Master of Arts in English from Wright State University.
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