Monopods

For several decades, photographers have been aware of the use of the monopod as an ultraportable and compact camera support. It also makes an ultraportable and compact support for binoculars. The mere fact that the binocular is supported confers a degree of stability that is not obtainable by hand-holding.

In order to use a monopod,you will need to obtain a suitable L-bracket or other mounting bracket for your binocular, unless it is already fitted with a mounting bush. These brackets are discussed in more detail in the section on tripod mounting below.

Monopods can be used for both standing and seated observing, but few are sufficiently long for observing high altitude from a standing position, not to mention it is extremely uncomfortable to try to observe at high elevations while

Figure 6.9. L-bracket for roof prism binoculars.

you are standing unless the binoculars have angled eyepieces. In recent years it has become possible to purchase hiking poles in which the top part of the handle can be removed to reveal a camera-mounting screw.

A simple but very effective "poor-person's" alternative to a monopod is a humble broom or mop (with a clean and dry business end!). You can easily secure the binoculars to the broom- or mop-head with a bungee cord, although many people, myself included, prefer merely to rest the binocular on the head. If the mop has a telescopic pole, such as found in several designs intended for window cleaning, then its utility is increased, as these usually extend to a length that is suitable for high-altitude observing from a standing position. A mop-head with an adjustable angle is somewhat useful, but do not expect to be able to adjust the friction so as to be able to change the angle as you observe.

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