Good photo mount heads?

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Good photo mount heads?

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Hey all,
I have an Orion Paragon XHD, I love the tripod, but the head lacks.

I was going to order an M1V for it, but that won't work for my binoculars.

Looking for something to carry a ST-80 and C90 Mak. The existing head is marginal at best.

Any ideas?

I suppose I could go to a good camera store and check out what they may have.
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Re: Good photo mount heads?

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Ylem wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:15 am I was going to order an M1V for it, but that won't work for my binoculars.
Not sure if this would be a solution for you, but I bought an L-bracket from FLO for my binos to use with my M1V. It's a Vixen bar with a 90-degree arm with a 3/8-in setscrew. It holds my 10x50s in the right orientation on my M1V and SW-AZ5. A small frac like an ST80 or my 90mm Mak would work on it too and no rings or bar required.

Truthfully, I didn't care for the bino-bracket-M1V-tripod combo, but others might like it. FWIW.
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Here's a pic:
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pakarinen wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:07 pm Here's a pic:

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Yeah, I do own one of those brackets for my Vixen Porta Mount, not sure if there is anough room for my binos though.

I may go to a photo store and see what they have. I know camera guys have some big stuff on their photo tripods.
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Re: Good photo mount heads?

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Ylem wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:15 am Hey all,
I have an Orion Paragon XHD, I love the tripod, but the head lacks.

I was going to order an M1V for it, but that won't work for my binoculars.

Looking for something to carry a ST-80 and C90 Mak. The existing head is marginal at best.

Any ideas?

I suppose I could go to a good camera store and check out what they may have.

Fluid heads work well for binocular use or with scopes that are lightweight enough not to require excessive friction tension.

Here is an inexpensive unit:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... nhead.html

Good luck.
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