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Understanding quick release systems and my Viper HD 20-60x85 angled (2 Viewers)

bmac922

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Hello!

I'm new to the forum and scope-birding in general, so I apologize in advance if this is a very basic question!

I've been having trouble with my tripod head lately (https://www.birdforum.net/threads/problems-with-mhxpro-2w-tripod-head.406744/) and am considering buying a new one entirely. If I do decide to buy a new tripod head, it seems like it would be nice to get one that directly accepts the foot of my scope, rather than needing to mess around with quick-release plates. Which is another area that I am confused! In the product manual, Vortex says that this scope has an Arca-Swiss Foot (photo attached.)
scope arca swiss.JPG

But then in a promotional YouTube video, they say that the foot is RC2 compatible.
scope rc2.JPG

So is it Arca-Swiss? RC2? Or is it both? I don't quite understand the world of quick release systems yet. I feel like I need to understand this to know which tripod heads I could buy.
 

bmac922

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United States
Sorry if that is not good bird forum etiquette! I posted to different relevant subforums in order to try to get more visibility. I will avoid double posts moving forward.
 

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