Farpoint Universal Binocular Mount (UBM)
A great item.I wasn't sure it would hold a 25x100 binocular but right out of box it says it does.It is sturdier than I expected and appears easy to assemble.I will thoroughly enjoy this item.I wished I had purchased sooner.Thank you.
I received this UBM from Farpoint priced well below the competition, same mfg, different branding. I ordered the extra side to side pivoting end piece and I think that was a wise decision since it lets the binoculars move not only up and down but side to side as well. I had a problem mounting my 20x80mm and 25x100mm binoculars on this mount. It comes with a dovetail bracket and an blue washer on the top of it. The bolt through the washer assy was flush with the washer so no way to thread this onto the large binoculars. A trip to ACE hdwr. and a 1 3/4" bolt of the right size remedied the problem. However, Once you've installed these on a set of binoculars one does not want to have to remove them to put them on another set, at least I don't. So I ordered a second dovetail/washer assy and so both my binoculars can be easily transferred without any need for an Allen wrench. Overall I gave the mount a 4 out of 5. It does what is supposed to do and I like the fact that it will swing up and out of the way when getting in and out of a chair. I have astro chairs that allow me to look straight up so these work wonderfully for that purpose or convential camp style chairs as well. However I'm taking 1 point off my rating since some of the winged screws that lock things in place are small and should be more robust. Further there is a little sag when loaded up with the 25x100mm binocs but I can live with that slight sagging. One thing important to note is the removal of weights and the binoculars. One has to be careful or the arm between the binoculars and wights will send one end flying. So it's not a bad idea to have an extra set of hands to help take the weights and binoculars off the mount when done. I purchased a case for the assembly. I use a heavy duty photo tripod with a removable head and HD legs for the primary support. It's rated for a 20 pound load, highly recommended to have a stout tripod!
Have not received anything yet. I followed the shipment on the UPS site. It is standing still in Kempton Park, South Africa from 22/03. It says that they tried to contact me about clearance information. I did not received any calls of email from UPS. I would like to contact the people in South Africa, warehouse in Kempton Park, but I cannot find any contact details. Maybe you could assist me? The number on the UPS site is a US number. I could not get any answer. Thanks
I am really impressed by the quality of the UBM binocular mount. The delivery was relatively fast even though there was some delay due to the fact that the invoice was not clearly detailed. Thanks also to Cindy for her kind card!
The UBM with swing hinge allows comfortable viewing of targets at high target altitudes from a reclined position. The swing hinge assembly facilitates sweeping for targets and allows some tracking of targets without moving your seating as frequently. Previously I have used a tripod for large binoculars. This requires craning your neck to an agonizing degree to view objects at high altitudes with straight through binoculars. I then bought an Orion Paragon-Plus Binocular Mount but had to make a home brew binocular swing to allow mounting my 20 x 80 binoculars at a right angle to the parallelogram assembly. This is necessary to allow the binoculars to cantilever out over a reclining pool or zero gravity chair so one can recline while observing those high targets. While I also had incorporated full swing hinge capabilities in my home brew, it would loosen up with use and require frequent adjustments. The UBM with swing hinge mounted on my Orion Tritech II Field Tripod addresses all these issues. The only downside is that it is fairly heavy and difficult to move when fully assembled on the tripod. Removing the binoculars and weights will address this but with the added inconvenience of some reassembly. The two 5-pound weights are more than I need for my fairly light 20 x 80 Orion Astronomy binoculars but give you additional weight capacity compared to the Orion Paragon-Plus Binocular Mount, and with much less expense (and weight) than the Orion Monster Parallelogram Binocular Mount. In my only outing so far, the Farpoint mount allowed me to observe all 5 double stars on my target list in an hour and a half from my light polluted backyard. They were all high targets as the sky is darker near the zenith.