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Old Friday 3rd October 2003, 14:35   #1
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"Rube Goldberg" scope adapter

For those who prefer an adapter so you can swing the camera out of the way, I've built an adapter that includes a Panavise cellular phone mount, an aluminum rod, a rubber grommet, and a foam foregrip from a fishing rod. If anybody's interested in the details for this monstrosity, please email me.
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Old Friday 3rd October 2003, 18:28   #2
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Sounds interesting. Can you post some pictures?
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Old Friday 3rd October 2003, 20:19   #3
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Sure, here they are. The mount on the adapter top plate is for the Toshiba PDR-4300 camera, since it doesn't have threads on its lens.

I cut a 1 - 11/16" rubber grommet in half and inserted it into the threaded lens mount so I wouldn't have metal to metal contact with the eyepiece of the scope.

The Panavise cellular phone mount is a model 727-09; I drilled out the 4 inner holes in the top plate, and attached it to the aluminum rod (as the foot plate for the adapter) using 2 U-bolts and some plastic spacers that I had laying around my shop. I then removed the foot plate from the cell mount, and cut a piece of aluminum stock to attach to the top of it in order to attach the camera. You could attach the adapter directly to the tripod handle, but I prefer this for the times when I'm not going to be using the camera.

I have a 4 - 1/2" long, 1/2" ID foam foregrip (used in custom fishing rod construction) to pad the adapter "handle", which is not installed at this time.
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Old Friday 3rd October 2003, 20:21   #4
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OOPS! Sorry, 2nd pic didn't make it. Here's the adapter lowered from the lens (and I can't show you the camera attached, 'cause unfortunately I had to have 'something' to take the pic with!):
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Old Friday 3rd October 2003, 23:55   #5
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Fascinating! Looks very professional, GR.
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Thanks. The best part about it is that it wasn't close to $200.00, either! <g>
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