I returned to birding a few months ago after a long, long break. Since then I have bought a Kowa TSN-663M and should have read the sticky in this forum about tripods, as I have found my 33-year-old Slik D2 tripod a bit clunky, to say the least. I would appreciate some suggestions for a replacement tripod/head combo to go with the scope. I am looking at carbon, three sections and flip-up cams rather than threaded screw-in/out collets (I know, that’s contrary to what everyone seems to say, but I really find them much easier and I’m not specially heavy-handed with my gear). Weight is quite important, although not absolutely critical. I’m someone who likes to get about rather than sit in a hide half the day. Otherwise no preconditions. So far I have liked the look of In Focus’s Velbon Delta with PH157Q head (ST£368) and also the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 with MVH500AH head. This second combination would would be beyond my budget at full RRP but there appear to be good discounts around, bringing it to around ST£420 in total. That’s my absolute max budget. Should I be looking at something else or, if not, which of these would you go for? I’m buying in the UK or Ireland. Many thanks to anyone experienced in the ways of modern tripods who can offer a thought or two.