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    Default Worth it? Solid tripods - sometimes even on sheep hunts...

    Winter - watched a few hunt DVDs. One thing surprised me, seeing very solid tripod used for spotting scopes, on sheep hunts too (without horses support etc). For better stability, I guess? I thought a lighter weight tripod, maybe with that hook-suspended weight accessory, would be stable enough, but not always so apparently.

    Most don't seem to carry these stocky things. I assume these tripods are the spendy, carbon fiber variety, but the carbon fiber tripods I looked up on Manfrotto's website were 7-8kg. Seems like a lot of weight; 15-18#. Good way to spend more time glassing maybe. I guess its the wind that makes something like that worthwhile? High power spotters maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6XLeech View Post
    Winter - watched a few hunt DVDs. One thing surprised me, seeing very solid tripod used for spotting scopes, on sheep hunts too (without horses support etc). For better stability, I guess? I thought a lighter weight tripod, maybe with that hook-suspended weight accessory, would be stable enough, but not always so apparently.

    Most don't seem to carry these stocky things. I assume these tripods are the spendy, carbon fiber variety, but the carbon fiber tripods I looked up on Manfrotto's website were 7-8kg. Seems like a lot of weight; 15-18#. Good way to spend more time glassing maybe. I guess its the wind that makes something like that worthwhile? High power spotters maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6XLeech View Post
    Winter - watched a few hunt DVDs. One thing surprised me, seeing very solid tripod used for spotting scopes, on sheep hunts too (without horses support etc). For better stability, I guess? I thought a lighter weight tripod, maybe with that hook-suspended weight accessory, would be stable enough, but not always so apparently.

    Most don't seem to carry these stocky things. I assume these tripods are the spendy, carbon fiber variety, but the carbon fiber tripods I looked up on Manfrotto's website were 7-8kg. Seems like a lot of weight; 15-18#. Good way to spend more time glassing maybe. I guess its the wind that makes something like that worthwhile? High power spotters maybe?
    I just bought the Vortex STX and RC322 grip head for my Swarovski. It makes a HUGE difference. It's so stable and the grip head is awesome. Head on down and try one out.

    If I'm only going to hike a few hundred yards, I'll take this new beast with me on the four wheeler.

    If I ever have to go harder, higher, longer, I'll just take my Canon IS 10x42Ls.

    I think my new tripod/head is awesome. After suffering jiggly hell with my old cheap tripod, this thing is fantastic. It will NOT be going backpacking with me though!

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    Good tripods are worth their weight in gold. That is about 4-5 lbs total by the way. I have a Canon dslr set up and a Zeiss Diascope 85 spotter. These items need good legs under them to be anything close to stable. As you suggest, a backpack or similar item is a great counter weight on the hook under these types of tripods. Manfrotto has some decent stuff. Spend in the $150-200 range and you will get a nice tripod. The lighter and more supportive, the more costly of course. Below is a good tripod that won't break the bank (entirely). Suitable for dslr or spotting scope.

    This is one of mine. It weight 5 lbs and is a good value.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...gs_Black_.html


    This model weighs on 2.9 lbs!

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...er_Tripod.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6XLeech View Post
    tripods I looked up on Manfrotto's website were 7-8kg. Seems like a lot of weight; 15-18#. Good way to spend more time glassing maybe. I guess its the wind that makes something like that worthwhile? High power spotters maybe?

    Perhaps I am reading this wrong, but you do realize that this is the amount of weight that model supports, not what that tripod itself weighs. Nice tripod legs weigh in the 3.5-5.0 lb range themselves.
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    Default Finding relief from "...jiggly hell..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir View Post
    I just bought the Vortex STX and RC322 grip head for my Swarovski. It makes a HUGE difference. It's so stable and the grip head is awesome. Head on down and try one out...
    These pistol grip type heads are interesting - clean, positive function option, though like you said, not for every trip.


    Vortex RC322

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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Perhaps I am reading this wrong, but you do realize that this is the amount of weight that model supports, not what that tripod itself weighs. Nice tripod legs weigh in the 3.5-5.0 lb range themselves.
    Well, yep Dan, that...that changes things. Thanks. The 2.9# tripod you mentioned looks capable enough. So you buy the legs then add the head to these?

    Saw a sturdy tripod like these used on a sheep hunt DVD - 3 guys with Super Cubs who established a base camp along rivers, then climbed nearby hills for sheep. Could be they had the tripod for the video camera anyway, and so ended up using it for spotter too.

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