"pickup" Tripod

bullmtn

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Hello,

I am looking for a tripod for my spotter that is only for road use, I bought a carbon fiber backpacking tripod for glassing in the back country, it's great for my binos on a hike but I don't love it for my spotter when glassing canyons or long-distance scouting with my pickup. My biggest things are I want it stable, easy to use and relatively cheap; weight is no problem as it will live in the pickup. I'm assuming a bird watching or camera tripod would be the best, I'm trying not to collect tripods. My Spotter is a vortex viper 20-60 x 85. Any Ideas?

Thanks,

Bullmtn
 

dtrkyman

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I found a fotopro dirt cheap on ebay a while back, light enough to pack and sturdy enough for the car. Seems pricing is anything from cheap to really expensive with them.
 

gr8fuldoug

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It would be our pleasure to discuss different options with you. Please give us a call, 516-217-1000, and speak with Jeff or Joel as they're our tripod guys.
 

TaperPin

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Hello,

I am looking for a tripod for my spotter that is only for road use, I bought a carbon fiber backpacking tripod for glassing in the back country, it's great for my binos on a hike but I don't love it for my spotter when glassing canyons or long-distance scouting with my pickup. My biggest things are I want it stable, easy to use and relatively cheap; weight is no problem as it will live in the pickup. I'm assuming a bird watching or camera tripod would be the best, I'm trying not to collect tripods. My Spotter is a vortex viper 20-60 x 85. Any Ideas?

Thanks,

Bullmtn
The best professional heavy duty aluminum tripods were Gitzo - if you check eBay regularly and get an extra tall series 4 or series 5, they are as good as it gets for only a few hundred bucks. Very stable even in high winds - the only tripod I’ve ever had that is stable in the wind.
 

nobody

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Slik Pro 700 aluminum legs:


Heavy as frick and yuge, but super stable and cost effective. I put a simple Vortex 2 way pan head on mine that I pulled off my backpacking tripod and it works amazingly well for a scouting/road glassing setup. I’m 5’ 11” and can standing glass behind it with my binos without issues. It has very wide set legs which further aids in stability.
 
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bullmtn

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Thank you for your replies! I will report back when I make the purchase!
 

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Yunteng VCT 999 on eBay cheapest most heavy duty really heavy aluminum tripod for around $40 delivered. I think Amazon sells them for around $140 with delivery fee.

These are probably just as heavy as my old aluminum Manfrottos.
 

Wyo_hntr

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For my pickup tripod I use a slik pro shv head combo. Really stable.
 
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bullmtn

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I use a window tripod but for some reason it doesn’t seem right unless I walk up or down the road. Maybe it’s me being neurotic but I always want a tripod out so I can move it around.
 

Marble

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I have the Outdoorsman. It's rock solid. Kind of pricey but it makes glassing with the tripod awesome.

I've had a few lower end tripods and all had performance issues.

I have a Swaro 95 spotter I use on it.

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