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Old Wednesday 15th January 2014, 23:44   #1
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Tripod and Head for Swarovski ATS 80 HD.

Can anyone recommend the best Tripod arrangement for an ATS 80, have tried Swarovski DH100 and AT101 but not impressed.

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Old Thursday 16th January 2014, 15:08   #2
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I use a Benro tripod so the scope is good and sturdy. I believe it can hold up to 26 pounds. ....and a 701 Manfrotto video head....
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Old Monday 20th January 2014, 09:54   #3
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I suggest carbon fibre tripod and video head :)
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Old Monday 20th January 2014, 10:02   #4
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I use a Manfrotto 144 Birder bit on the heavy side, but sturdy and the scope foot fits perfectly in the head. I would also recommend as scopepac when carrying any distance because of the weight.
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what is "best" depends of course of what you need and what is your budget.

I use a Manfrotto 701 HDV head, which is pretty good. To get something really better (Gitzo, Berlebach) you'll need to pay much more...

I use a Velbon Carmagne tripod (the current series is called geo), which is a nice lightweigt Carbon tripod and not too expensive. If you use your scope a lot in strong wind, I'd recommend something stronger. The cheapest option for really strong tripods are the Berlebach wooden ones. They are heavy though, to get something lighter you need to go for a much more expensive strong Carbon tripod.

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Old Monday 20th January 2014, 14:11   #6
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Look at the Vanguard it is heavy at 6.6 lbs.
also this Vanguard too

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Old Sunday 2nd February 2014, 21:43   #7
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Thanks to everyone for the information, went to Focus Optics near Coventry, fantastic place to buy all your birding equipment, used them several times and they are so helpful. My choice was a Manfrotto 128RC and Velbron Sherpa 630 legs, the head seems more robust than the Swarovski DH 101, and the legs where the perfect height for me without extending the neck, I am 6ft and the scope is angled.
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