Originally Posted by JohnJos
Regarding hiking with this scope. I've done my fair share both carry the scope and a Bogen 055V/701RC2 tripod plus other odds and ends in a very good technical daypack.
That is what I suspected. Your tripod/head combo weighs 6.7 pounds! In contrast, the one I use weighs 4.5 pounds (Velbon CF630 & Bogen 700 RC2 head). So even though I have a heavier scope (64 ounces versus 60 ounces), my total package weighs over 2 pounds less than yours! Your heavier tripod and head are good for digiscoping, but they would certainly be a burden on long hikes.
Fully agree with the rest of your post.