[Tweeters] Accessible birding optics from a wheelchair

Wood, Steven woodsteven at seattleu.edu
Tue Apr 2 15:18:15 PDT 2019


I'm interested in finding out more about helpful tips/items of gear that will help students watch birds from a wheelchair, where using binoculars is not a practical choice, and traditional spotting scope/tripod setups might not offer enough access room for the wheelchair to get close enough to the eyepiece.

A colleague suggested a tripod with a multi-angle column like this one<https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-263AB-100-Aluminum-Multi-Angle/dp/B06ZYJ1P8Q/ref=sm_n_se_dkp_US_pr_sea_0_1?adId=B06ZYJ1P8Q&creativeASIN=B06ZYJ1P8Q&linkId=3d66784595e1603efb0d11e4ec5611ba&tag=binoculars_usa-20&linkCode=w71&ref-refURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbinocularsreviews.com%2Fbuy-binoculars.php&slotNum=0&imprToken=ebSpFBOczpIJL8O0QfRVvw&adType=smart&adMode=search&adFormat=strip&impressionTimestamp=1554229668992>, and another possibility may be an astronomy binocular mount like this one<https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Paragon-Plus-Binocular-Mount-Tripod/dp/B003YJPDN8/ref=sm_n_ma_dka_US_pr_ran_0_2?adId=B003YJPDN8&creativeASIN=B003YJPDN8&linkId=4191e4781a0e5a12232d4ba94777152d&tag=birdwatchin06-20&linkCode=w43&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birdwatching-bliss.com%2Fhigh-power-binoculars.html&slotNum=1&imprToken=CHU0mnbhBsnjlsKf.n1Wbg&adType=smart&adMode=manual&adFormat=grid&impressionTimestamp=1554238842087> (I'm hoping the links will parse) - does anyone here have experience with what works/doesn't work in setting up optics for a viewer in a wheelchair? Or suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Steve Wood

In case the links didn't parse:
Multi-angle column:
https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-263AB-100-Aluminum-Multi-Angle/dp/B06ZYJ1P8Q/ref=sm_n_se_dkp_US_pr_sea_0_1?adId=B06ZYJ1P8Q&creativeASIN=B06ZYJ1P8Q&linkId=3d66784595e1603efb0d11e4ec5611ba&tag=binoculars_usa-20&linkCode=w71&ref-refURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbinocularsreviews.com%2Fbuy-binoculars.php&slotNum=0&imprToken=ebSpFBOczpIJL8O0QfRVvw&adType=smart&adMode=search&adFormat=strip&impressionTimestamp=1554229668992
Astronomy binocular mount:
https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Paragon-Plus-Binocular-Mount-Tripod/dp/B003YJPDN8/ref=sm_n_ma_dka_US_pr_ran_0_2?adId=B003YJPDN8&creativeASIN=B003YJPDN8&linkId=4191e4781a0e5a12232d4ba94777152d&tag=birdwatchin06-20&linkCode=w43&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birdwatching-bliss.com%2Fhigh-power-binoculars.html&slotNum=1&imprToken=CHU0mnbhBsnjlsKf.n1Wbg&adType=smart&adMode=manual&adFormat=grid&impressionTimestamp=1554238842087

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