Binocular astronomy is a very popular activity amongst amateur astronomers of all ages and abilities. Being able to scan the night sky with binoculars is a great way to learn your way around the sky. Its also not an expensive way to start, or do, or continue with astronomy and….there’s no big heavy or long winded set up of equipment to do. Some of the nicest views of a number of celestial objects, such as the Pleiades, Orion nebula and Andromeda galaxy can be had through binoculars. Celestron do a range of binoculars suitable for astronomy from their SkyMaster, SkyMaster Deluxe and SkyMaster Pro series which have magnifications from 8x to 25x and have apertures from 56mm up to a whopping 100mm/4″! For more details on the SkyMaster range of binoculars.
Although binoculars are mainly used hand-held, quite often having them mounted on a tripod is best if you are going to be using them for a prolonged period of time, or if they are a little on the heavy side. For mounting binoculars on a tripod you need a tripod adaptor, and Celestron offer a tripod adaptor for this purpose.
However Celestron have gone “one step further” with their RSR Binocular Tripod mount. What does RSR stand for? It stands for Reflex Sight Rail. Celestron have taken a heavy duty binocular tripod mount and “added” a secure (removable) mounting platform for a red dot finder scope, such as their Star Pointer or Star Pointer Pro models, to be used.
The Reflex Sight Rail simply and easily clamps to the top section of the binocular tripod mounting bracket, and then you add your red dot finder. This binocular-red dot finder set up makes the task of locating objects quicker and easier. The RSR tripod adaptor weighs only ~225g so only adds very little weight to the overall “bundle”.
The RSR Tripod Adaptor is available from your local/favourite astronomy dealer or from ourselves (>here<)