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In Need of a new light head!

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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 18:31   #1
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In Need of a new light head!

Ever needed an easy solution to a scope head, small, lightweight and simple to use. Video heads are on the whole big, small ones are cheap n cheerful and don't do the job especially on an expensive scope. Would you put a scope over a grand on a 25 quid head. Most tripods have a ball type head, if you photo you will have one. So if you have or get a Arca Swiss type Clamp & Plate fix the scope to a L Bracket the ones with a detachable vertical arm. BUT turn the vertical arm upside down re-screw into the plate and mount on the Arca Swiss plate. The arm acts as a handle and with precise adjustment to the Ball head knobs / levers you can leave and pan to any situation, even right angle a scope for hide work if it has not any collar. (most good balls have a side gap)
I use Three legged Thing tripods, Airhead and their L Bracket, re- configured as a lever for the head. Yes its a 50mm type size Scope, NO it would not be good on a 70+ Scope, but for small light weight it works well. btw Arca Swiss type clamps 50mm are under 20, L Brackets start at 20 eBay. Very well made strong metal engineering. It may be a solution for you. Hope this helps. regards
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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 10:31   #2
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As easy as this !
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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 18:47   #3
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another idea, although I'm not sure it will work - tilt the ballhead into the notch so that the locking knob of the arca swiss clamp points up. Then you can put the L bracket on there so one arm sticks out sideways+low and put the scope on there - it is then basically beside the ballhead.

This puts the center of gravity down so the whole thing is less prone to tilt and you have two different adjustments for altitude and azimuth.

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Great idea! I was searching for solutions to this problem today, so the timing is perfect.

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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 22:14   #5
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If you have a ballhead that incorporates a panning base, and you use a straight scope or an angled model with a rotatable collar (so it can be rotated to upright), you can simply drop into the notch to avoid fighting gravity, use the panning base for horizontal movement, and rotate the ball for vertical movement. With this method, point the scope by holding the scope itself (no need for a handle).

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