So I just bought one of the 28W Big Blue portable solar panels on Amazon and got myself a cheap camera tripod from a local garage sale, all for an upcoming camping trip. I want to use the tripod to create a simple, portable, adjustable solar mount that is collapsible.
My idea is to make a small square base that can screw into the top of the camera stand and use some kind of telescoping rods to create horizontal spans to hold the panel rigidly open (it measures about 33" x 11" when fully open and has 5 folding sections).
Now, I'm trying to think of something off the shelf that I could get/make/adapt/hack to use for the telescoping rod. Ideally, it would be something lightweight that is easy to extend and retract for easy carrying with the tripod. Any ideas?