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Offline Wolfdog2314

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Spotting scope tripod
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:44:45 AM »
Hey all, just bought a new spotting scope. The Swarovski 65, as some of you may have seen in a couple threads down from here. Thanks for helping me with that decision.

I need a tripod now. I'd like to buy from cabelas as I have about 200$ In rewards to spend.

Can anyone reccomend me one from their website?

I don't have much experience behind a scope. So I don't have much preference as far as the tripod goes.

Do I want a panhead? Or the ball head? I'm pretty sure I don't need a tripod tall enough to stand behind. My biggest concern would be weight.

The Alta vanguard is the one that I'm looking at so far.

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/tripods-mounts/_/N-1100071/No-0/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_103925880?WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104791680%3Bcat104752080&recordsPerPage=18

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2017, 07:54:43 AM »
I have similar questions. Tagging to follow along.

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2017, 08:08:47 AM »
SLIK Compact II with a manfrotto 496RC2 head is an affordable lightweight combo that works for me with a swaro 25-50 wide angle

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2017, 08:32:51 AM »
You get what you pay for honestly are you going to be packing in or from a truck? Do you glass sitting down or standing up or both? After buying the outdoorsman medium tripod, I do not think I will ever need a tripod again! I highly reccomend them but I know you said cabelas is where you want to purchase from. Also I have used the Slik 634cf which was a good tripod as well. As far as heads, I would only use a pan head or pistol grip. I run a pistol grip for my binos and pan head for my scope. Again outdoorsmans products are expensive but they are damn smoothe and I will not need a new tripod head in a long time. I've got a buddy who runs a manfrotto pan head and he loves it. Good luck in your search!

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2017, 08:47:16 AM »
I want a tripod I can pack for sure. I will probably utilize it in the truck also. As far as standing or sitting, I think I would use it most sitting.

I'll look in to the options you guys have suggested. Buying from Cabelas isn't an absolute must, as I'm sure I can use the rewards on something else!

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2017, 09:01:08 AM »
You won't regret that outdoorsman medium tripod then, light and stable!

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2017, 11:32:14 PM »
Second on the Outdoorsmans medium, I have a Swaro 65 ATS. Love the tripod.

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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2017, 12:21:52 AM »
If you use a cheap tripod that wobbles under that scope, you'll have wasted all that money on the Swaro. 

Whatever you do, get a good quality tripod.  Manfrotto is a solid choice, as are the others mentioned here. 

And +1 for the pan/tilt head.  I have a ball head on mine and hate it.  Couldn't put the budget together to replace it with a proper head this year, but this will certainly be my last season with it.


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Re: Spotting scope tripod
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 06:25:07 AM »
Thanks all for the input. I did end up with the vanguard veo 235 panhead, as my budget was swallowed up for the year. The outdoorsman looks like a very appealing tripod to upgrade in the future. I'll see how I like this one this season. Being my first spotter setup it will be better than anything I've ever had!

Thanks!

 

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