No, this is not the new tourist telescope on Empire State building. This is a professional grade Canon EOS 1D SLR camera mounted on a B57L-plate to quickly position the camera in horizontal or vertical mount directly atop the tripodâ€™s apex, to avoid gross positioning shifts and retain best vibration damping. It helps you take really good pictures.
Itâ€™s marketed by the bright people at Really Right Stuff of San Luis Obispo, CA. They have L-plates for various camera models, and some nifty tools and stuff to keep that camera steady for professional shooting. Check them out.
While there, see their stuff tips too. Very helpful, I tell â€˜ya.