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Spotting scope tripod suggestions
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Contributors to this thread:
Browtine 13-Oct-18
TEmbry 14-Oct-18
Southern draw 14-Oct-18
Hoot 14-Oct-18
flyingbrass 14-Oct-18
Ermine 15-Oct-18
IThunter 15-Oct-18
smarba 15-Oct-18
Pete In Fairbanks 15-Oct-18
smarba 15-Oct-18
kota-man 15-Oct-18
Wishedhead 15-Oct-18
Wishedhead 15-Oct-18
Wishedhead 15-Oct-18
LKH 15-Oct-18
Billyvanness 16-Oct-18
Nick Muche 16-Oct-18
Tilzbow 16-Oct-18
Jason Stafford 16-Oct-18
goelk 16-Oct-18
Tilzbow 17-Oct-18
From: Browtine
13-Oct-18
I just bought a leupold gold ring 12-40x60 spotting scope. I am a first time owner and user of a spotter. Im looking for suggestions from those of you who use spotters a lot as to what tripod i should get for it. My first use will be plains deer and antelope not requiring long backpacking distances. Next use will be backpacking wilderness elk hunts. Thanks for your suggestions.

From: TEmbry
14-Oct-18
I did a lot of research and landed on a slik 624 cf tripod w a benro s2 head. IMO (as of two years ago) it is the best bang for the buck when considering quality vs weight vs price tag.

14-Oct-18
I have the 624 cf as well and really like the twist open and closing system. I have the Outdoorsman pan head and am still getting used to it.

From: Hoot
14-Oct-18
Promaster xc525c, or sirui equivalent.

I just got the promaster, and compared to my cheap vanguard, I love it, make sure you get one that has 180 degrees of leg travel...

From: flyingbrass
14-Oct-18
you can't have enough tripods in my opinion, buy 5 and keep them all

From: Ermine
15-Oct-18
I have a pro master. It’s light and works well. I have a outdoorsman head on it

From: IThunter
15-Oct-18
My setup is below...it maybe a bit beefy for your needs at the moment...

Head ManFrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Tri-Pod Manfrotto MT190X3 190X3

Window Mount Bog Pod 735561

From: smarba
15-Oct-18

smarba's Link
I have another brand with twist legs and REALLY like how quick/easy it is to set the legs instead of having to clip/unclip every segment lock on every leg. I see that B&H has a sale on the slik you might look at.

15-Oct-18
From years of packing spotting scopes and tripods into the windy sheep mountains:

I buy a cheaper/lighter tripod. Then I affix a wire hook to the bottom of the shelf. Put a stout rock in a net bag and hang it from that hook. Instant stability....!

Pete

From: smarba
15-Oct-18
Pete: I too use a lighter tripod and weight it down when necessary.

From: kota-man
15-Oct-18
I've only bought one tri-pod set up in my lifetime and don't plan to buy another: Years ago I purchased the Outdoorsman's Medium Tri-Pod and Pistol Grip Head. One of the ONLY pieces of gear I've only ever bought one of! ;)

From: Wishedhead
15-Oct-18
Kota- man +111111

Bought the same this year and it handles my monster vortex 85 mm in lots of wind. Took some pics at over 2 miles this year and it was rock solid

From: Wishedhead
15-Oct-18

Wishedhead's embedded Photo
World class shiras from over 2 miles
Wishedhead's embedded Photo
World class shiras from over 2 miles

From: Wishedhead
15-Oct-18

Wishedhead's embedded Photo
Rams at 2miles
Wishedhead's embedded Photo
Rams at 2miles

From: LKH
15-Oct-18
Finally got one with a hook for weight and it's a great idea. Have quite a few since packing a big tripod on a Dall hunt is a waste.

16-Oct-18
Outdoorsmans is the way to go

From: Nick Muche
16-Oct-18
Slick Mini with an outdoorsman head.

From: Tilzbow
16-Oct-18
I owned two Outdoorsmans tripods for years and sold both after trying Siriu carbon tripods. They’re more compact due to their design, a little lighter, just as sturdy, lock easier than the lever locks used on the Outdoorsmans and are quieter (the carbon doesn't clank like the aluminum). I did keep both of the Outdoorsmans pan heads and they’re now on the Sirui tripods.

16-Oct-18
I have used the Outdoorsman's Medium Tri-Pod and Pistol Grip Head for several years and really like the setup.

From: goelk
16-Oct-18
I like pete idea with wire hook. Going to tried .

From: Tilzbow
17-Oct-18
The Sirui have a hook built in to the center pole and it’s relatively inconspicuous and out of the way.

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