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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 7:00 pm 
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Looking for recommendations for a decent tripod please??

I'm 6'2 so looking for something I can get an angled eyepiece spotting scope on without bending and is sturdy.

Not looking to sell a kidney but don't mind paying for value.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 9:42 pm 
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Try your local charity shops!

A shooting buddy just picked a really sturdy tripod for a tenner from his local charity shop.

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I would start by looking at the Manfrotto 055 range, fully extended you shouldn't have to bend to look through your scope.

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The Ewing is as good as it gets but Mik at Dolphin has a good substitute


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I'm 6'2 so looking for something I can get an angled eyepiece spotting scope on without bending and is sturdy.

Are you looking for something to use standing on an open range (i.e. without a bench)? For that role I use a 2-stage Manfrotto 351MVB video tripod with mid-level spreader plus a 516 fluid head. Very steady, and great for panning to see what's happening on other targets (with the vertical locked), but a massive lump to lug around. A much lighter/cheaper fluid head would suffice for a 'scope.

For shooting (prone or bench) or coaching (seated) I have a Freelander, an improved Ewing Clone, and a Crispin Engineering stand. I used Freelanders for decades and particularly liked the screw adjustment for elevation (to get widest field of view across the centre and to put the target in the best part of the glass while in-position). The Freelander is quite heavy, and not so stable when elevated for seated/coaching, so I recently switched to a Ewing clone (bought from Ellesmere Target Sports). The Ewing clone is strong, stable and easy to adjust, but is a little heavy if you’re trying to trim weight for air travel. The Crispin stand is incredibly light and perfect for touring overseas. In being so light it gives-up a little stability, and the simplified adjustment is not as flexible as the Ewing or Freelander with their independent elevation adjusters. All 3 have extensions for coaching seated. At a push I can stand with the extended Ewing, but it's getting a little unstable and requires a little neck bend.


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