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TRIPOD FOR HUNTING

Postby 270weatherbymagnum on Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:14 pm

Hello,

I finally got a spotting scope, I´m very happy with it, even if it is not as good as the big Kowa. Unfortunately I really dont know anything about tripods.
I need a light tripod as I´m going to carry on a back pack when hunting, on a max $200-$250 budget. And I want it to be quiet and easy to use as I dont want to fight against it in the wild
By doing a little research I found some possible options:
vortex ridgeview @ 3.6 lbs
Vanguard Alta 233AO @ 3.53 lbs
Cabelas Professional carbon @ 4.3 lbs

the manfrotto 128RC/190XB seems to be very heavy at 6.52 lbs

Really dont know any other possible good value option, and dont know how to chosse between these ones. Hope somebody could help me.

I would like to be able to use the scope with a window mount as well.....


Thanks a lot
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Re: TRIPOD FOR HUNTING

Postby Jne_K on Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:16 am

Hi

First, what size scope did you get? You can get by with a smaller, lighter tripod and head with a 60 or 65 mm scope than you can with an 80 mm class scope. Big mistake, though, to go cheap on a big scope when it comes to the tripod.

Personally, I hate small ball heads, a la the Ridgeview, for any size spotting scope. You are going to get much better balance and stability with a two way video head or a three way head, though all you will ever need is a two way head on a spotting scope. (That extra axis on a three way head is useful only for photography.) Point is, it takes a large ball head to handle a large spotting scope, unless you opt for a premium Gitzo or Arca Swiss ball head and then you'll spend more than $300 just to get such a head, alone. A standard large ball head, a la a Bogen saves you nothing as far as weight and is still inferior in terms of locking the head and stability, compared to the 128RC.

I'll take a standard video head, any day. The head on the Vanguard will be better than a small ball head, but it is still a long way from being a 128RC. No, no one ever accused the 128RC of being a lightweight, but if you have an 80mm scope, bite the bullet and go with the 128RC. It is far superior to what you get on that Vanguard or other two or three way heads in that $100 price range. You'll be glad you have the 128RC on top of the 190 when the wind blows, I promise you.

Bottom line: if you want and need the stability it takes to use an 80mm class scope at 60x in the wind, the Bogen 190/128RC is the MINIMUM I would recommend. Only negative is the weight. If you want that same stability AND you also want lower weight, it will cost you another $100 -300 plus. You lose that stability by going cheaper. Going cheaper only gets you lighter. Can't have it both ways under $200 or even $300
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Re: TRIPOD FOR HUNTING

Postby Guest on Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:39 am

Very Very clear and usefull your explanation.

Thanks by the way.

Yes I got the Zeiss 85mm Diascope. I am very happy with it, even if it is not as high resolution as the big and expensive Kowa. I think it is a weight bargain, as it is a premium scope, and weigts only a little more than a 65mm class. By price and weight I would never carry a Nikon Leica or a Kowa in my backpack !
What do you think about getting the Vortex Ridgeview Legs with the Manfrotto Video Head ?? Will it work?
with this selection I dont rise too much the cost and I keep the weight on margin....


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Re: TRIPOD FOR HUNTING

Postby Jne_K on Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:43 pm

That will be better than a ball head, yes, but in order to use a Bogen head, the legs must accept a head with a 3/8x16 socket. Not sure if the Ridgeview uses that size.

And, yes, the Diascope is an excellent scope. Good for you.
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