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Vanguard pistol grip ball head

Postby Hunterdanthephoneman on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:21 am

Was wondering if the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/vanguard-brand.html]vanguard[/link] pistol grip ball head would work with a [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html]spotting scope[/link] ok or if you seems to me if it would would it would be idea for scanning side of a mountain looking for wildlife,just wanted an expert opinion on it.
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Re: Vanguard pistol grip ball head

Postby Jne_K on Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:17 am

Hi

Sure, it will work, but, to be honest, I am not a fan of pistol grip heads with spotting scopes or heavy cameras for several reasons. First, they stick your scope higher off the base of the mount than a good video head and that affects balance and stability. I much prefer to keep weight down low on top of the tripod head. It makes for better stability and safety, scope less affected by wind and so on. Second, unless the ball diameter is large, you also loose stability compared to a good two way head. Larger means heavier and also more cost. A serious ball head is a very expensive proposition. At the price of the Vanguard, you are not getting a heavy duty ball head. Be fine for a 60mm scope, but less effective than a good two way for an 80mm scope. Third, with a ball head, you stand the risk of forgetting to keep adequate tension on the head. Too loose and the scope and head flops down without warning when you let go. This send your scope and tripod to the ground when you are setup on some rough terrain and that is exactly the terrain you will encounter while hunting. I've seen it happen.

Performance for the dollar favors a good two way, pan head. I'll take a a good two way head to a ball head with my spotting scope any day, but each to their own.
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Re: Vanguard pistol grip ball head

Postby hunterdan on Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:28 am

Thank you for the info i thought since i never heard anyone mention it before that would probably be the case.I had bugged the heck out of you and ask a million questions last year when i got back from my annual hunting trip in utah to try and pick a scope ,i had decided on the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]kowa[/link] 660 series with ed but i never made the purchase,i have a friend that had bought a scope in the 500 or 600 dollar range and we used it and it worked well we could tell that the animals we were looking at were big enough to go after or not but late and early there wasnt enough light to see well and after a week his eye is still twitching from straining his eye from trying and see what kinda head gear the animals he was looking at had.So i was impressed with his scope but feel like we needed a little more scope so i went online to purchase the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]kowa[/link] 663 but saw the demo 25x75 x82 ed [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-brand.html]nikon[/link] feild scope for less money so i bought it instead because my thinking was that the 82 dia scope would give me more light early and late ,so my question is do you think that i made the right decision going with the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-brand.html]nikon[/link]?
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Re: Vanguard pistol grip ball head

Postby Jne_K on Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:35 am

Hi

Oh, definitely, as long as you don't mind the weight and the size of the Fieldscope 82ED and as long as the limited eye relief of that zoom doesn't pose a problem. In fact, the Fieldscope 82ED is one of the brightest 80mm class scopes I've ever tested and optics are capable of handling that 75x, assuming good seeing conditions. That's saying something - premium class optics, no doubt about it. I owned one for a couple of years, but with my glasses, I got tired of fighting the short eye relief of that 25-75x zoom.
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