wheelchair mount for binoculars?

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  • Member since
    September, 2008
wheelchair mount for binoculars?
Posted by jeffd on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:39 AM

I am renewing/beginning an interest in amatuer astronomy and at present own a good pair of Nikon 10X50 binoculars.  I'm also in a wheelchair pretty much full time and have found that manuevering around a tripod is very difficult.  I guess I'm looking for something to clamp in some way to the wheelchair itself and be reasonably portable as well.  The parallelogram mounts I've seen on the Web have seemed awfully big.  I'm open to any suggestions!

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    July, 2002
  • From: Texas
Posted by chipdatajeffB on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:23 PM

The Couch Potato Telescope (a chair-based binocular mount) would be easy to adapt to a wheelchair.

Sim sells the completed chair, a kit of parts, or just the plans and parts list. These are very easy and comfortable to use.

More information is here.

They look like this:

and you could buy only the parts for the upper supports (without the plywood base and/or chair parts) and adapt it very easily to your chair using simple handtools.

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