For those of you who use 100mm size of BT style binoculars do you find that a geared center column is nice to have, strongly recommended or an absolute requirement?
Given that the weight of this class of binocular telescope with fluid head and large eyepieces can approach 18 lbs and in some cases exceed 20 lbs how do those of you who use a tripod with a non-geared center column find the ease of adjusting the column during an observing session?
Is slippage and dropping of the column a viable concern? If you had to do it over again would you purchase a tripod equipped with a geared center column?
For those of you who use a tripod with a geared center column, are there any significant disadvantages to using this type of tripod?
Thanks in advance for your reply!