Spotting Scope Stand...What you got?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Rockrivr1, May 16, 2018.

  1. Rockrivr1

    Rockrivr1 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    I have a very old spotting scope stand that I've been using for years and is on its last legs so I'm looking for a replacement. I'm using a Kowa TSN-661 so I'm looking for a stable and dependable replacement stand that will have the "Zoom" mount as the Kowa has a rotating head.

    I've looked at Champion, Creedmore, Freeland and others and they all look like decent choices. Wondering what you are using and how you like it. I use my current stand when prone, using a bench and when standing, so it needs to be flexible and easily adjustable.

    Thanks for the recommendations.
  2. GE-Mini-Gun

    GE-Mini-Gun Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    I have a Manfrotto 526 (I think), purchased it with a Pentax PF100ED...both are beasts...scope comes in around 10lbs and the stand close to 25, stable as heck, even in windy conditions. Not sure if that's what your looking for...
  3. GarySTL

    GarySTL Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    Warrenton, MO
    I've got this one: https://www.creedmoorsports.com/product/910/Scope-and-Stand-Accessories
    From Creedmoor and i like it. With the included extensions it's good for standing position or remove the extensions for prone or on the bench. I use it with both an 80mm and 100mm scope.

    It can wobble some in the wind when used at full height, but I think anything not clamped to a bench would as well.

    The screws securing the legs are black oxide finish and show signs of rust, other than that, no problems.
  4. FL-NC

    FL-NC Member

    Feb 10, 2016
    Fl panhandle
    I just use a small camera tripod I got at a pawn shop for $5.
    JeffG likes this.
  5. rbernie
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    rbernie Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    You really can't get a rock solid tripod that is suitable both for bench/prone and standing use; there's such a disparity in heights that something has to be sacrificed to make that work. The tripods listed all use extensions to allow the spotting scope to be raised/lowered, and when fully raised will display some sway because the height extensions are unsupported by the legs.

    Depending on the criticality of the use, it may be the better part of valor to have two tripods; a simple bench/prone tripod and a sturdier standing tripod, with QD heads to allow the spotting scope to be moved from tripod to tripod. A tripod designed specifically for use when standing will not wobble, because the legs will fully support the head as opposed to putting the head at the end of a long extension well removed from the stabilizing legs.

    In my experience in a past life doing medium and large format photography, Manfrotto has been a gold standard in optical tripods for professional use for some time. Good stuff. I still have a Manfrotto with ball head - it's an absolute beast.
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