Monopod fans know that monopods offer the ultimate in portability and simplicity for binocular support. Ideal for sweeping the Milky Way, only the Oberwerk PM1 parallelogram mount offers a similar freedom of motion- but you wouldn’t want to take a PM1 on a hike. The Oberwerk monopod is the tallest monopod we’ve ever seen- it extends to 78″, yet collapses to just 26″ (34″ including the head). The tubing is large in diameter, with flip locks for each of the 3 sections, so the entire monopod is exceptionally solid and wobble-free- yet the weight is only 4.5 lbs. When viewing straight up to zenith, even someone well over 6′ tall can stand under the binocular’s eyepieces. With the grip-action ball head, you can tilt the binocular to any altitude from horizon to zenith, simply by squeezing the lever, then releasing the lever to lock in place. Can easily handle up to 80mm binoculars, with maximum weight limit of 8.8 lbs. One quick-release plate is included, but extras available for quick swapping of other devices (cameras, spotting scopes, etc.) for $8. Includes carrying case. Note: Most binoculars will also require an “L” adapter.