I am interested in purchasing entry-level binoculars for astronomy. I have read a little about this pursuit and am hoping to use a Slik universal U-112 tripod with my new purchase. It is currently equipped for camera use. I have looked at the binocular adapters and am unsure of how they work and if I should stick with the smaller binoculars to have a more successful result. Do you have a recommendation for a simple setup? My husband is an amateur but I think would love something easy to use. Thank you.
The Slik tripod is limited in how much weight it can carry, I estimate the head can handle 4 lbs. maximum. It also does not go high enough to get a binocular overhead so you can stand under it and look up. Therefore you’ll probably need to use it with a stool or chair. Any of our LW Series binoculars, or any of the Mariner Series, could be used on this tripod, but you will need an L adapter. I recommend the Oberwerk Heavy-Duty L adapter ($14.95), it will work with any binocular. If you’d like to consider a more capable tripod, we have the Oberwerk 3000 Series ($149.95). It has plenty of height and can handle up to about 8 lbs. Let me know if you still have questions.