There are plenty of deep sky splendours that are visible in the night sky now and over the coming months. These objects include the Andromeda galaxy, Double Cluster in Perseus, the Orion nebula and Pleiades star cluster to name but a few and which are easily (and often best) viewed with binoculars. 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 do astronomy and….there’s no big heavy or long winded set up of equipment to perform either!
Although binoculars are mainly used hand-held, quite often having them mounted on a tripod is best, especially 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, of which there are many available. However Celestron have gone “one step further” with their unique RSR Binocular Tripod mount.
So 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 rail that allows many types of red dot finderscope, such as their Star Pointer models or the Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III, to be easily attached. The RSR tripod adaptor weighs only ~225g so only adds very little weight to the overall instrument “bundle”.
The Reflex Sight Rail simply and easily clamps to the top section of the binocular tripod mounting bracket, and then you slide on your red dot finder onto the rail. Using a red dot finder makes the task of locating objects in the night sky – or even terrestrially – quicker and easier.
The RSR is on special offer at only £22.99, down from £35 SRP and you can buy yours direct from ourselves here.