RFI - scope tripod

Subject: RFI - scope tripod
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:58:57 +1100
On 15/10/2013 5:55 PM, Craig Doolan wrote:
I've just purchased my first scope - a Kowa TSN-661 and need a tripod,
something I know very little about. I'd appreciate some advice on what I
should look for. I don't travel a lot and generally have the car not too far
away so I'm not too concerned about weight (within reason), though obviously
it is quite a small scope. The ability to also use it for my DSLR would be a
Any advice appreciated. Craig Doolan

Our two tripods have single clamp rods - this is better for general use, but you lose the ability to pan horizontally when chasing waders - which is the advantage of the two clamp system.

One is Manfrotto, the other a Velbon Sherpa. I can't remember now which one I had to fit the single clamp to. One has rack height adjustment, the other just a sliding tube. Neither has leg braces.

Slik also seem to be good. I think Vanguard are aimed more at the professional market.

Both have quick release plate mounts, and the scopes both have mounting plates with the fixing screws VERY tight - screw fitting the scope to the tripod is slow and you can never get it tight enough.

Visit a couple of good camera shops to see what is available and what meets your needs.

Brian Fleming

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