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aostling
12-15-2010, 04:48 PM
Here is a simple project you can make in your lathe in about sixty seconds. All you need to do is drill a 13/64" hole, and face off a flat on the domed part of a PVC pipe cap.

I recently bought an 8x42 monocular. It is waterproof, and the optics are first rate. But the weather sealing makes the focusing barrel tight to turn, and there is hardly room behind the focuser to get a grip with your other hand. Fortunately the monocular has a boss with a tripod socket. I made this PVC grip, and now it is easy to use in the field.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/grip.jpg


My brother and his wife will be traveling to Brazil in January. They will visit the city of Salvador-Bahia on the day that an annual festival is held, and he intends to shoot video with his Olympus Pen E-PL1. I'm guessing he will be in a crowd of onlookers, so I made him this extender which will elevate his camera above the heads of the throng. It weighs just a few ounces so will not encumber his baggage.


http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/cameramount.jpg

ligito
12-15-2010, 05:14 PM
Looks like good, economic solution.

dp
12-15-2010, 05:55 PM
Nice addition. I have a Bushnell 8x20 that I found in a case in an empty parking lot one night. The belt strap had come loose and it appears to have fallen off who ever was carrying it. It's quite an amazing little viewer with a focus range from about 12" to infinity. No room for a handle, though.

I have a couple of these that I use for digital recorders on mic stands and it works fine for the monocular.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT8407-Mircophone-Stand-Clamp/dp/B0006NMQJY

chiphead42
12-15-2010, 06:00 PM
Also looks like a pipe bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!chiphead42

aostling
12-15-2010, 07:24 PM
Also looks like a pipe bomb

Good point. I'll suggest taking it through airport security with the caps unscrewed and the tube obviously hollow.

aostling
12-15-2010, 08:56 PM
Nice addition. I have a Bushnell 8x20 that I found in a case in an empty parking lot one night. The belt strap had come loose and it appears to have fallen off who ever was carrying it. It's quite an amazing little viewer with a focus range from about 12" to infinity. No room for a handle, though.

I have a couple of these that I use for digital recorders on mic stands and it works fine for the monocular.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT8407-Mircophone-Stand-Clamp/dp/B0006NMQJY

Dennis,

Focusing from 12" to infinity is quite a rarity for a monocular, in my experience. I once owned a second-hand Leica 8x20 Monovid http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/660475-REG/Leica_40390.html, and it focused no closer than about six feet. Your Bushnell would be very nice in the field for looking at nasty critters (like spiders or ants) or for gazing into flowers.

I recommend the amazing Pentax Papillio 6.5x21 binoculars for flowers. http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-62215-Papilio-6-5x21-Binocular/dp/B0007TSYCA. It focuses to 18". It can do this because the inner focusing optics are on converging tracks. The view is very sharp at infinity too, and they don't cost very much.

The microphone stand looks like a good solution for a monocular without a tripod bushing. But it is for a 5/8"x27 thread -- too bad it doesn't have a 1/4"x20 to attach to a conventional monopod.

dp
12-15-2010, 09:59 PM
The microphone stand looks like a good solution for a monocular without a tripod bushing. But it is for a 5/8"x27 thread -- too bad it doesn't have a 1/4"x20 to attach to a conventional monopod.

For that problem I have a $10,000 machine shop in the basement :)