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Old Sunday 19th March 2017, 14:45   #1
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Scope Tripods for 300 or less

My main tripod is a manfrotto that is some 10 years old. It's working OK and I do have two plates for it. I can with some delay use it for scope and camera. I have to carry a back back and stick the scope there for the extra long photos.

I also carry a cheap angled scope sometimes and have a Vanguard tripod for that. It might work for the camera, though I would be hunched over. The camera is a Canon zoom so I can use the angled viewer in the back. The tripod is very light but other than that a bit wimpy.

Looking at this Vortex tripod for possible third. Maybe I get some tax refund this year. Would spend max 300 for that.
https://www.eagleoptics.com/collecti...ine-tripod-kit

68 inch height but straight scope at 64 inches height is enough. Panning is most important.

Other tripods to look at (once I get the 300)?
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Old Sunday 19th March 2017, 14:48   #2
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Link is not working, so it is a
Vortex Skyline Tripod Kit
TRI-VT-SKY-1
$299.99
4 reviews

The $149 model got good reviews there also:
Vortex Pro GT Tripod Kit
TRI-VT-PRO-2
$149
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The link worked for me Tero.

Another you might consider is this Opticron/Manfrotto combo. I use it with the MM3/MM4s often.

Traveler 3 section carbon legs:

http://www.opticronusa.com/Pages/xfs_tripods.html

700 RC2 head:

http://www.opticronusa.com/Pages/panheads.html

The combo sells for right at $300. 3.75 lb total weight
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Nice to have the option to get an extra plate right away.
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