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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Great for Spotting Scope and Birding.
This tripod is what I was looking for. I use an Orion spotting scope for birding and target shooting. I was using an old Targus TGT-58TR tripod that we had from an old video camera set up but the Targus wouldn't hold the heavy spotting scope steady because of the head design (see pic) there is a large gap between the mount and the body of the head that, while it held our little video camera just fine, wouldn't hold the heavier spotting scope without a lot of wiggle and wobble. The Barska tripod head, while also plastic, doesn't have the large gap which makes it much much more stable. Stability is important when using a 60x zoom.
Pros- Inexpensive. Works for what I want. Holds spotting scope stable.
Con- Vertical adjustment is a little creaky and jerky when panning. I think I can help smooth it out with a good cleaning of the mechanism and some lithium grease. But it doesn't impact what I use it for, so no problem.
The head and knobs are made of high impact plastic, but at this price that is to be expected.
Overall - for the price, I'm really happy with this tripod. It holds my spotting scope steady without the wiggle and wobble of the Targus. If you want professional smoothness in panning control go spend hundreds of dollars on a pro set up. If you are looking for a light weight, inexpensive aluminum and plastic tripod that will hold your equipment steady, I can highly recommend this Barska tripod.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
The tripod I'd used before was good, but not nearly as stable as this one
By Mo Lacourse
I got this tripod to support a heavy set of Astronomy binoculars. The tripod I'd used before was good, but not nearly as stable as this one. My tripod adapter fits perfectly, as do the binoculars. I've tried this whole setup out and was delighted at the results. I like that I can now track objects much more easily with this tripod. I like the sturdy construction. I find it very easy to use this tripod and like I said, the unit is very stable with the binoculars sitting on the tripod with an adapter. The sole reason for me buying this tripod was for use with these heavy type binoculars, but could see this tripod coming in very handy on nature trips just using my camera. It comes with a very handy carrying case. I expect to make wider use of this tripod in the future. I'd encourage anyone interested in a sturdy tripod to look closely at this one - it should fulfill your needs. Enthusiastic thumbs up!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. See all 125 customer reviews...
Good value, but could use a stronger mounting plate.
By Amazon Customer
For the money, it's a fairly robust tripod. It would have received 5 stars if the removable mounting bracket was a bit more solidly built. The injection molded piece could have a more solid look. Our first use was to mount our spotting scope and camera on the tripod, a bit of the bracket chipped off. Admittedly, the 15-lb load of the two is well under the stated weight limit, but the center of gravity is not over the set screw with the two items connected.
Overall, we like it, and realize we need to be extra careful when manipulating the tripod head/aiming the scope & camera combination.
We'd like to buy a few more mounting plates, to keep them on the equipment we use (two cameras and two scopes), rather than having to unscrew the plate and move it to the next piece of equipment. None appear available from the manufacturer or on Amazon.