Stargazing with binoculars is an idyllic pleasure. All the more so with Orion’s Paragon-Plus Binocular Mount.
This parallelogram-style mount’s silky smooth motion provides relaxing viewing for hours on end with binoculars as large as 80mm in aperture. It eliminates arm strain and shakiness, and allows you to aim your binocular high overhead, even to the zenith, while you stand or sit comfortably underneath. Ahhh!
What’s more, you can raise and lower the binoculars while staying fixed on a target, a wonderful feature when two or more people are observing together.
Solidly constructed of aluminum, the mount features a sliding counterweight for perfect balance and an L-adapter for attaching virtually any tripod-adaptable binoculars. Any binocular with at least 1 3/8" (35mm) of space around the tripod adapter port will work with this heavy-duty binocular mount.
Maximum binocular height is 7’ 7". The tripod and binocular mount each come fully assembled. For use with Orion 80mm Astro-Binoculars, adapter (7589) is required to couple the binocular’s integrated 1/4"-20 post to the binocular mount. Compatible with virtually any heavy-duty field tripod (without pan head) that has 1/4" or 3/8" threaded post. Mount comes fully assembled. Weighs 12.6 lbs.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
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What’s the right size binocular for my intended use?
Hiking If you hike or travel a lot, you’ll want a binocular that is compact and lightweight, perhaps even weatherproof. An 8x24 or 10x25 would be a good choice. Birding The most popular model for birdwatching is 8x42. It’s small and nimble, offers steady hand-held views, and has sufficient light grasp to provide bright, well-resolved images. If you plan to study birds at close range, look for a binocular with a near-focus distance of a few feet. Astronomy For stargazing, light grasp is the most important factor. Choose a binocular with at least a 50mm aperture. A 7x50 model is easily hand-holdable and provides nice, wide-field views. The higher-power 10x50 is also popular, and in fact is preferable to the 7x50 where skyglow is a problem. A tripod is recommended for a steady view, however. “Giant” binoculars of 70mm, 80mm, or 100mm aperture will reveal fainter deep-sky objects and more subtle detail. If you can afford the higher price (and a good tripod) and don’t mind the extra bulk.
What do the numbers mean that are included with binoculars?
Binocular sizes are expressed with two numbers: 7x35, 10x50, etc. The first number is the magnification (or power), the second is the aperture, or diameter of the objective (front) lenses in millimeters. For example, 7x35 binoculars provide 7-times magnification and have 35mm objective lenses. For a given magnification, larger objective lenses yield a brighter image in dim light, but also result in a bulkier, heavier binocular.
What is exit pupil and why is it important when selecting binoculars?
It is all about brightness.
The exit pupil size determines the amount of light available to the eye. The pupil of your eye widens and contracts depending upon the available light conditions. If the exit pupil of the binocular is as large, or larger than the pupil of your eye, you will see an image as bright as your pupils will allow. The exit pupil is equal to the diameter of the objective lens divided by the magnification. Example: 7x35 binocular, 35 divided by 7 = 5mm. A 3mm exit pupil is sufficient for daytime use, a 5mm is suitable for daytime & twilight, a 7mm is desirable for maximum nighttime or astronomy use.