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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:48 pm 
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I am thinking of buying the Horizon 8115 tripod to mount my 10 x 50 Binoculars on.
Does anyone have any advice or comments.? I am concerned about how difficult it is to set up and operate. It does seem to have a good review in the Sky at Night magazine.

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Chris


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:16 pm 
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Dear Chris,
I don't think you will have a problem, but make sure the quick release plate is secure.
I would buy a spare QRP as if you lose it the tripod is fairly uselless.
Keep the spare QRP safe or on a spotting scope.

Make sure the QRP is tight each observing session.
You may need a right angled? tripod to binocular adaptor?

If you stand up, make sure the tripod is high enough.
It may work seated also.

I have thought of buying one myself, but have other tripods.

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David


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:20 pm 
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Thanks for your reply David. I do indeed have a metal L shaped adaptor that came with the binoculars, and I can see the tripod symbol where it attaches to the binoculars.
My main concern in buying the Horizon 8115 tripod is that it doesn,t have any instructions with it on how to put it together or operate it. This is according to telescope suppliers who advertise in the astronomy magazines.
So I am a bit worried.! Also you mention a quick release plate. How does this interconnect with the tripod and binoculars.
Sorry to be such a nuisance.! Any further advice or comments would be most welcome.

Thanks again
Chris


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:59 pm 
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Hi Chris,
QRPs just fit onto the top of the tripod with a catch, hopefully two to stop it falling out.
This attaches to the binocular or adaptor.
Have a look at a photo tripod in a camera shop.

If you buy the tripod from a camera shop they will assemble it for you if it doesn't already come assembled.
If not just look at photos.
It seems to have a slow motion handle or something.
Did you ever play with Meccano? If so I don't think you will have a problem.

But check always that the QRP is secure on the tripod and the L adaptor and the binocular is secure, as they can unscrew slowly.

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David


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Personal I would prefer NOT to have a Quick Release Plate and would rather screw scope or camera directly on to tripod mount. Recently, using a QRP on my camera, I found it difficult to then fit in into the mount and after much use finally the outermost part of the tread in the camera became stripped. Fortunately I do also have a mount which screws directly onto the camera. The thread is longer and has an additional tightening screw works fine. regards maf


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:57 pm 
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I would agree that a fixed tripod fixing is more secure, but will you find one high enough for stand up viewing?
If viewing sitting then there should be no problem.
Old tripods with fixed plates may be easy to find.

Ask in a camera shop.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:50 pm 
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Thanks for your advice David and Mike.
I intend to go the South West Astronomy Fair on Saturday 13 August, at the Norman Lockyer Observatory near Sidmouth, Devon. Hopefully there will be binoculars on a tripod on display, where I can see how it operates.
Chris


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