The Astroscan ball scope is my choice of high power binoculars replacement for relaxed observations of wide field objects. To boost the comfort even more, I've made a very simple but extremely efficient and very compact camping chair mount for its base.
A small pouch and a single pole pictured above are all I need to pack. Both are riding right in the chair's sack.
Inside the pouch, I'm keeping the mount (aluminum thing on the left) and the electric screwdriver, which is a great thing to have for many other occasions as well.
Mount is installed, view from the front.
View from the side.
Closeup One. You can adjust X and Z moving the clamp along the back pole, and moving the additional pole in the horizontal clamp cheeks. And surely rotate both as needed to position the eyepiece comfortably at any position to accomodate a target in the sky or the chair's position (especially crucial when in reclined mode).
After tightening the central screw, I'm moving one of the Astroscan base's legs over the pole, which introduces a springy slant at the screw joint, making a beneficial tension in the construction which holds the base in the convenient position by two contact points much more reliably than only by one.
I can mount that clamp on any typical folding camping chair or a cot.
- It's better to add a beveled edge to the clamps cheeks to prevent cutting the poles' sides.
- It's counterproductive adding screw handles (yes, I've tried that), as they will interfere with each other, with the chair, and making the clamp piece cumbersome to pack. Also, the electric screwdriver will help to assemble/disassemble it much faster, and it is always with me in the field anyway.