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    Would this be a good spotting scope tripod?

    Guys,

    Take a look at this:
    http://www.47stphoto.com/item.asp?in...catky2=7953410

    I don't want or need a $200 super tripod. Just want to know if yall think this will be sturdy enough.

    Mark
    The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

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    I bought a Cullman tripod set many years ago that had four or five different ways to hold a camera. Suction cup, clamp selftapping screw, minitripod and etc. That was the best and most versatile tripod I have ever seen.
    For an expensive spotting scope I wouldn't go too light weight. The spread of the legs looks good. for $30 I'd give it a try.

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    I have one of those in my camera bag for "emergency" purposes. It works well for times I don't have a real tripod. Haven't thought of trying it with the spotting scope. For a small lightweight scope it should be OK. The Ball head will probably make it hard to adjust, but recognize that going in.

    Robert

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    Yes it will work but there are better choices for just a little more money. (as already said, without the adjusting arm it will be difficult to use.)
    Dallas Jack

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    An excellent mini tripod for the money is the Velbon Deluxe Mini. I use an 80mm Burris Landmark spotter and this one fits in my case. It folds up to about the same length and diameter as the scope and works great for a benchtop tripod with a good deal of adjustment range. I am very satisfied with it.
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    You should consider that it's pretty dang short, not even 5" tall. IMO, it wouldn't be good for a spotting scope, I'd rather use a full-size camera tripod, and set it up next to the bench, not on it. But that's just me.

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    I'm going to be the dissenting vote here and say that that looks like a good buy. Nice wide base and a Manfrotto head... what more could you ask for in a tabletop/prone tripod? If I ever need to replace one of my compact tripods, that looks like a sturdy option.
    Speed is fine, Accuracy is final.

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