Tripods can be used with telescopes, observation binoculars, cameras, and other optical equipment—not just spotting scopes. They are deemed vital accessories because they don’t only enhance the security and steadiness of the gadget when in use; they also carry the weight of hefty and large instruments.
Tripods may have different styles, prices, and features, but they will always have two basic parts: the tripod head and the tripod leg set. Tripod heads are responsible for holding the optical instrument, and tripod legs are in charge of making the tripod stand up like what human legs are for. Affordable tripods, priced less than $100, come with the head and legs. Most of them won’t allow you to remove the head and replace it with a new one. Expensive tripods, on the other hand, allow you to remove the head or leg sets and change them with different ones.
Take note that tripod heads are used for heavy instruments, making them costly. When you’ve decided you’re going to buy a tripod, ensure that your needs will be met; or else you’re just throwing away money. Cheap tripods usually come with heads made of plastic, which can be easily cracked. They can also easily let go of your spotting scope. Before purchasing one, do your research and read our reviews.
This tripod is tailored to be used on a shooting bench or a table, as the name implies. These tripods are usually eight to 18 inches tall, depending on the manufacturer and the model.
BOTTOM LINE: Use table top tripods if you usually go from place to place when you glass; they’re easier to bring because they’re light.
These tripods are bigger than the previous type but are still convenient to use even if you’re sitting on a chair.
BOTTOM LINE: Use compact tripods if your existing spotting scope has an objective lens diameter of 70mm and if you regularly sit while glassing.
These tripods allow the users (with average height) to utilize a spotting scope while standing.
BOTTOM LINE: Use a full-size tripod if your spotting scope is large, if you usually stand while glassing, and if you are into digiscoping in areas with drastic weather conditions.
Before purchasing one, you should make sure that the strength of the tripod can match the weight of your spotting scope.
Also, consider the height of the tripod before the weight.
You’ll regret it if you don’t install your tripod incorrectly the first time, so be sure not to make that mistake by spending enough time to set it up.