Did you ever wish you could show other people what you are seeing through your binoculars? It can be
really tough to guide someone else to find what you were just looking at though. But with a binocular
stand its dead easy because it holds the binoculars in place when you let go of them. Dozens of
people can then look through them and see exactly what you were just seeing with no frustrating
hunting around required.
Another problem with binoculars is that they are heavy. Holding them up quickly gets tiring. Soon your muscles are twitching and aching and it becomes impossible to keep the binoculars aimed at what you are trying to look at. A bino stand solves this problem by taking the weight of the binoculars off of your arms.
This is probably the quickest and easiest binocular stand ever built. The white arm that holds the binoculars came from a desk lamp that was headed for the garbage. When I saw it I immediately thought it would make a great bino stand, so I intercepted it before it got to the dumpster. You could build one easily too if you can find a similar desk lamp.
The lamp that was on the arm was a large and very heavy fluorescent lamp weighing many pounds. The arm has large, beefy springs on it to counter the weight of the lamp. This makes it perfect for holding even large binoculars. Don't make the mistake of trying to use a little, wimpy lamp that only held a small incandescent lamp. It won't be strong enough to take the weight of binoculars. Find or buy big heavy duty one.
I removed the lamp and the ballast along with all the wiring from the arm. The arm was originally mounted on the desk or table top by clamping it on with a built in C-Clamp type thing. I simply mounted a piece of wood on top of my photo tripod and clamped the arm onto that. To mount it I inserted a 1/4 20 "Tee" nut into the wood so I could screw it onto the top of the tripod. The adjustability of the tripod allows me to use the bino stand either sitting or standing. It also allows me to swivel it around in any direction.
The binoculars are attached to the arm with a long 1/4 20 bolt with a wood knob on the end that passes through the mounting hole where the lamp originally mounted and into the threaded mounting hole in the center of the binoculars. A wing nut lets me tighten down the assembly. The wood knob was salvaged from another project, so I didn't even have to make it. All together it took me maybe an hour to build this bino stand. And best of all, it cost NOTHING!
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