Tripods are an essential accessory for many types of optical equipment - spotting scopes, cameras, observation binoculars, telescopes and more. A tripod is used to 1) improve steadiness when using high magnification instruments and/or 2) support the weight of large, heavy instruments. Which tripod is right for you? Here are some basics to help you decide.
For the sake of simplicity, think of tripods as having two basic parts - a tripod head, which holds your optical product and a tripod leg set.