The threaded rod passes through a hole in the cradle that the binoculars mount on. It passes in front of and between the binocular objectives. A hand-nut is used to adjust elevation. Not shown are holes for attaching an "L" bracket (to accomodate smaller binoculars), an altitude scale, an azimuth circle, and a red-dot finder.

The mount is balanced (with 25x100 binoculars) at elevations up to 38 degrees. Beyond 38 degrees a person can either tighten the hand-nut that attaches the fork to the tripod or add a counter-weight. I use this mount with an old Criterion Field Tripod. The tripod was originally made to accomodate an eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Photographs of the above mount were removed from this page on January 30, 2005 in order to preserve the sketching theme of this website. The above drawing and text should be sufficient to allow others to build a similar mount if they so desire. The underlying principle (the eyepieces remain at eye level regardless of elevation) is more important than the details.

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