Used to add stability to your spotting scope, a tripod is an essential accessory that makes a difference in the quality of images and allows your spotting scope to work in low-light conditions. Another benefit of using a tripod is that you can change your view to a lower or higher eye level due to the size of the tripod. So which is the right tripod for you? The things you need to consider in purchasing a tripod are weight, size, load capacity, stability, types of tripod, and price.
- Purposes: A tripod is used to stabilize and support the spotting scope and increase the steadiness of the spotting scope with high magnification.
- Components: Basically, a tripod comprises two basic parts – a tripod head to hold your spotting scope and a set of three tripod legs to allow for portability and height adjustment.
Things to consider
- Weight: Both the height and the material affect the weight of the spotting scope. And the weight, in turn, has an impact on your viewing experience, as a light spotting scope is obviously portable.
- Size: The important thing is that choose a tripod that matches your height. A too short tripod would cause you to be in an unpleasant position with your back constantly curved. A too tall tripod, on the other hand, would necessitate pulling you up and get the weight heavier.
- Load capacity: This term refers to the amount of weight that the tripod can hold. When considering purchasing a tripod, weigh your spotting scope first or check your spotting scope’s manual for weight information.
- Stability: Stability is affected by such elements as the weight of the spotting scope, the size of the lenses, the number of tripod legs, and construction material.
- Types: There are three common types of tripods: compact, full-size and table top tripods. The first type is ideal for spotting scopes of 70mm or smaller, but not for spotting scopes of 80mm or larger. Mountain hunters prefer compact tripods for portability though they have to sacrifice height. The second type allows a user of medium height to use a spotting scope. The last type is lightweight and tiny, so suitable to be used on a table or a shooting bench
- Price: Note that big spotting scopes or spotting scopes with high magnification require heavy and costly tripod heads. However, these tripods often come with head and legs separate from each other, so you have to buy both parts to get a complete tripod. Less expensive tripods, typically under $100, though are only suitable for small spotting scopes. With the tripods of this price range, though you don’t need to buy the heads and leg set individually as they are sold together in a unit, you cannot remove the heads away. Be sure to budget enough for a tripod that matches your spotting scope or you will waste your money.