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Posted 28 April 2005 - 05:34 PM

I'm looking for a tripod for my binocular. Which tripod is good for holding a binocular up to 25x100?

#2 edwincjones

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 06:53 PM

For my Miyauchi 20x100s (13#) I use a Bogen 3058 and Universal Astronomics Unistar mount. This may be overkill, but it is rock solid.

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#3 Erik D

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 07:26 PM

Bogen 3058 is the tallest, biggest model in the Bogen/Manfrotto line. It's rated for 40+ lb load can reach over 8 ft. You can consider a smaller model for a 10 lb 25X100 bino.

Bogen 475, 3046/3246, 3051 models are all rated for 26 lbs and can reach over 72 inchs. All are fine for 25X100 binos, the Miyauchi 20X100 or the 14 lb Apogee RA-88. The Bogen 3046 is the tallest of the three. It will reach over 7ft if you need the extra ht. The Bogen 475 can reach 74 in without the head and has bigger leg sections.

I recommend the Bogen 501 fluid head as the minimum for 25X100 sized binos. Check the "best of" section at the top of the forum for more details.

www.adorama.com has a huge selection of tripod/heads.

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#4 Joe Ogiba

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 07:39 PM

Click here for a photo of the Bogen 475/501 combo and 25x100's.

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:23 PM

I have the same tripod/head setup as Joe. It is quite sturdy and rock solid.

#6 Glassthrower

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:32 PM

It all depends on your budget.

25x100mm binocs are large and heavy. Most tripods are made
for still or video cameras. The going consensus around
here is to err on the side of caution and get a tripod
rated for much more than the actual weight of the binocs.

Having said that, there is no such thing as a "cheap"
tripod that is "heavy duty". The higher-end Bogen and
Manfrotto tripods are usually sold in parts : the legs
and the head. Both can run you close to $300 or more
depending on the model. You might get a deal on eBay
for half that if you get used equipment.

I had to operate under $100 for my 25x100mm binocs, so
I ended up buying a Tiffen Magnum XL tripod used on eBay
for less than $50.00. Not a bad deal. It's not as solid
as a Bogen, but it serves me superbly with no complaints.

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#7 EdZ

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 10:36 PM

There has been a lot of discussion on tripods lately

See Paragon or ???

and I'm going to send you back to the entire thread you participated in just several days a go to read it all again, because there was a whole load of stuff in there about tripods and weight limits and overload.

Ready to purchase 20x80 or 25x100


And this thread has more for you to read
Opinions needed before I purchase

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#8 Carsten Doehring

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 03:34 AM

I personally find it very important that I don't have to bend down when observing at the zenith. For me, that meant the Bogen 3058.

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#9 Craig Simmons

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:09 AM

I use a Bogen 3046 for my 8 to 8 1/2 lb. binos with a Microstar and bino "L" mount. Elevator column (EC) has no roll back. Tripod and EC extends to over 7 feet high. Very solid and a good grab n' go combination at 20 lbs. total weight w/ binos.


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