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Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby longshot on Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:14 pm

I just received my Brunton Eterna 20-60x80 spotting scope and am in need of a quality tripod. I've seen that you have recomended the Bogen/Manfrotto 055XDB, 128RC kit and that is about the upper limit of my price range. My question is, is there an alternative head with geared adjustments for pan and tilt that is adequate for this scope but still within this approximate price range? I certainly can't afford the HD Geared head and the Super Pro head is still a bit out of my price range once I add the tripod legs. Any other suggestions?
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:59 am

Hi

Nothing in a geared head in that price range, but one thing I have used in the past is a slow motion control, such as the [urlhttp://www.opticsplanet.com/vixen-piggyback-1-4-20-fine-adjustment-unit-dx.html]Vixen Fine Adjustmen[/url]t. These give you a nice range of fine adjustment, but this style will set the scope up off the head a bit and rob you of a little stability, but certainly a more affordable option. Have also seen some fine adjustment styles that are a bit lower profile - they compress a spring, though that style is a bit hard to find.
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby longshot on Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:29 am

If I were to up my price range, would the Super Pro head be a good stable choice for use with my Brunton Eterna 80mm? I most certainly want the most stability over any other consideration, but I really like the geared adjustment feature. In other words, what do I have to do to get both?
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby longshot on Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:45 am

Hope this doesn't result in a double post. What is the difference in the 055XB and 055 XDB? Would one be better suiter for use with the Brunton Eterna and Super Pro geared head, if that is your recommendation?
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby Jne_K on Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:40 am

Hi

The XDB leg set has a simpler design center column, more traditional t locks for the legs and no leg warmers. The XB gets you faster lever locks, leg warmers and a slightly improved design on the center column. However, none of this will have any effect on the head you use and, in fact, I prefer the older t-locks to lever locks. The t-locks are slower to set up, but they are more reliable in mud and sand, dirt and so on.
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby longshot on Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:27 am

So what about the use of the Super Pro geared head? Is the Super Pro and the 055XB the best set up for my Brunton Externa in terms of stability and geared adjustments?
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby Jne_K on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:33 am

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It is certainly a good choice, yes, in terms of stability, but in terms of weight, the Super Pro is probably more weight than you want to carry if you plan to throw the tripod/scope over your shoulder and carry. Do you really need a geared head? For general work, a good smooth, liquid head, like the 701 or 128 will do fine.
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby longshot on Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:30 am

Thanks for the input. What's the primary difference between the 701 and 128, any advantages for spotting scope use? I really like the geared adjustments on my inexpensive Burris table top tripod, but of course it is not very stable for use with the Brunton. Also, I can't seem to find the 701 head, can you provide a link?
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Re: Tripod head with geared adjustments.

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:59 am

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We only sell the 701, now, as part of a kit, but just go for the 128. Really no advantage of the 701 for spotting scope use. Has an adjustment plate for balance.
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