10Micron BM100 Leonardo Binocular Mount
- Parallelogram mount for large heavy binoculars
- Observe in comfort
- Smooth movement and balancing system
- Easy to use - needs no power
Binoculars are a popular way of scanning and exploring the night sky. Although smaller sized binoculars can be hand-held, larger and heavier aperture binoculars need to be mounted on a rigid and stable platform for stability. This also gives a more comfortable viewing experience as you do not have to hand-hold them. Photographic tripods are often used, however, once the tripods are heightened they can become unstable. Also if you are looking directly above you near the zenith, the position of the binocular can be awkward to look through and can strain your neck. The 10Micron Leonardo BM100 binocular mount helps to solve these problems.
The 10Micron BM100 large binocular mount available in black and red. Shown with optional tripod and binoculars (not included)
The BM100 large parallelogram-style binocular mount can accommodate large and heavy binoculars (up to 13.5kg) with ease, without vibration and with comfort, avoiding any neck strain when viewing objects at high altitude. The extreme versatility of the Leonardo-mechanical system enables you to observe any astronomical or terrestrial object conveniently by utilising it´s 4-axis pointing system.
Friction adjustments, using conveniently placed hand-knobs, in elevation and horizontal rotation enable the user to precisely match the pre-load of the parallelogram for retaining a fluid-movement with varying instrument weights – and to fine-tune all the mount-movements to effectively compensate for accidental shock or sudden intense wind-gusts.
The fourth axis, the "scanning" axis, provides a horizontal left and right movement for the optical instrument over a total viewing angle of 30 degrees. This makes it possible to observe moving targets such as birds, vehicles or satellites anywhere on the horizon, without having to move the parallelogram itself. The instrument platform at the top of the parallelogram is perfectly balanced for effortless elevation movement with each optical instrument reaching to the zenith.
The construction of the LEONARDO mount makes it possible to keep a good distance from the tripod legs at every viewing angle. This helps tremendously, to move freely without stumbling - especially at night.
Regardless of whether the user is standing upright, sitting in a (rolling) chair, or sitting comfortably on a deck chair, the handling and movement of the mount remains highly effective in any position, allowing for comfortable head and body posture.
When designing and manufacturing the Leonardo mount, 10Micron has taken great care has been taken to ensure that all movements of the mount are as smooth and effortless as possible. The quality of construction, and of the parts used, puts this binocular mount above inexpensive parallelogram copies in the market,
Please note: Tripod and binoculars are NOT included.
Available in black or red.
|Name||LEONARDO - BM100 L (BinoMount 100 “Leonardo”)|
|Design||Designed and manufactured entirely in Italy at the 10Micron headquarters – based on an idea of Roberto Volonté|
|Material||Anodized light-alloy aluminum , all axes equipped with stainless steel/bronze bearings|
|Mount Weight||13 kg (28.5 lbs) - mount w/o tripod or accessories|
|Counterweights||3 kg or 6 kg|
|Counterweight shaft||Stainless Steel - diam. 30 mm / length 500 mm|
|Load Capacity||Max. instrument load 13.5 kg. (30 lbs)|
|Instrumentation||Suitable for binoculars / spotting scopes from 50 to 150 mm in diameter / compact SC-telescope-OTA up to 8”|
|Max. Instrument Height||200 cm, at tripod extension 100 cm (perfect for observation in upright/standing position )|
|Min. Instrument Height||50 cm, at tripod extension 100 cm (perfect for observations from a chair or sun lounger)|
|Pointing System:||Passive 3D pointing w. adjustable parallelogram, consisting of four anti-torsion rods 100 cm long|
|Elevation range||-35 °/ + 53 ° below/above the horizon|
|Parallelogram rotation||360 ° in azimuth|
|Tilt of instrument platform||+/- 90 ° in elevation|
|Aux azimuth tilt (4th axis)||+/- 15 ° to left and right|
|Safety Lock Feature||LEONARDO BM -100 is equipped with a quick safety lock that acts simultaneously onto both sides of the Parallelogram arms. Actuating one plunger (w. dual locking pin) will securely lock the parallelogram in horizontal position for mounting all optical instruments onto the instrument platform in total security|
|Passive Safety||LEONARDO BM -100 is equipped with a quick safety lock that acts simultaneously onto both sides of the Parallelogram arms. Actuating one plunger (w. dual locking pin) will securely lock the parallelogram in horizontal position for mounting all optical instruments onto the instrument platform in total security|
|Use & Movement||"Soft Move" fluid friction for effortless positioning in all directions. Custom friction adjustment in Azimuth and Elevation via Soft-Touch hand-knobs of large size, best suited even for winter gloves; for all other movements the axes are factory preloaded and steel-spring assisted|
|Optical Instrument lock||Standard: two locking screws with interchangeable thread 1 /4 " or 3/8 " (world photo standards) .
Optional: 44 mm dovetail clamp (Vixen/Celestron/Skywatcher comaptible)
|Tripod Base Adapter||Specially designed for compatibility with 10Micron and Geoptik series tripods. The LEONARDO BM100 base plate can be mounted to any heavy duty tripod suitable for astronomical observations by utilizing the included adapter flange with predrilled holes|
|Available Colors||aluminum surfaces are Silk-Glossy durable anodized. Standard color is BLACK. 10Micron proprietary colors - Red or Blue - available on special order (inquire for delivery time)|
|Standard Package||LEONARDO BM-100 standard package includes a stainless steel 3 kg counterweight, stainless steel counterweight shaft diam. 30 x 500 mm, two locking screws with “1/4 " and 3 /8" photo-thread , universal flange-tripod adapter, user manual, sturdy cardboard transport box with molded foam|
|Optional Accessories||Cordura carrying bag with handles to be used for recycling the molded foam of the transport box; 3 kg or 6 kg counterweights; optional 44 mm dovetail clamp – Vixen GP standard|