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Spotting Scope Stand...What you got?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rockrivr1, May 16, 2018.

  1. Rockrivr1

    Rockrivr1 NES Member

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    I have a very old spotting scope stand that I've been using for years and is on its last legs so I'm looking for a replacement. I'm using a Kowa TSN-661 so I'm looking for a stable and dependable replacement stand that will have the "Zoom" mount as the Kowa has a rotating head.

    I've looked at Champion, Creedmore, Freeland and others and they all look like decent choices. Wondering what you are using and how you like it. I use my current stand when prone, using a bench and when standing, so it needs to be flexible and easily adjustable.

    Thanks for the recommendations.
     

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    ipscdrl NES Member

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    I just use an old camera tripod.........
     
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    Likewise here. Works just fine.
     
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  4. Mountain

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    I have the 3/4” Champion stand and mount. Stand works fine, good quality, holding up well. . Legs are a little stiff to fold but I could loosen them. Sway is not terrible for offhand but wish I would have bought a 1” for better stiffness.

    I’m not a fan of Champ’s mount and will probably replace it with a Creedmoor Polecat.
     
  5. dw617

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    I have the Creedmoor polecat head on a 3/4 rod which supports a Kowa TSN-1. I use it for CMP/NRA highpower and games matches. If I had to buy again, I would get the 1" rod model.
     
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    PatMcD NES Member

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    I use a Ewing. The ones weber you have to rotate the legs around to get them set are a pain in the ass.
     
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    I'll second the Ray-Vin.
     
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    I'm looking for one too and will likely go with the 1" Polecat from Creedmoor based on the favorable reviews.

    It'll be paired with a Kowa 82SV and Creedmoor told me the leg leveling feature on the 1" model is an upgrade of sorts that is not included with the smaller diameter pole models, though I am not certain of this is true or even a particularly useful thing to have for range shooting.

    The Creedmoor padded bag is a nice touch too.
     
  10. Tackdriver

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    Mine is a Gitzo. It doubles as a camera tripod, which is what I think it was made for.

    Dave
     
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    I have an old camera pod that was going to get thrown out so I saved it from the dumpster. Haven’t used it yet but it’s very solid.
     
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    the ladies used to call me tripod in high school.
     
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    Sounds like Navy bull puckies to me. Lol.
     
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    it was because I carried a walking stick...

    why, what were you thinking...?
     
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    I didn't think your legs were THAT short!
     
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    legs+shakeweight junior=tripod
     
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    the pole type stands are convenient in many ways but I found the scope bounces around too easily. i've switched to a tripod with a 20 lb ballast weight is incredibly stable even on windy day.

    while I'm no huge vortex fan, i picked up a vortex brand tripod and it has been great:

    Vortex Pro GT Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head PRO-2 B&H Photo
     
  18. mac1911

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    I have the creedmoor pole cat . After the first day of using it I wondered why the F I have been using a tripod all these years.
    they take up to much room and the adjustments are lacking.
     
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    I tried finding a ewing several years ago.
     
  20. Rockrivr1

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    Holy thread drift Batman!!! [laugh]

    I'm still a little shell shocked at the $400 price tag for a quality 1" scope stand. I'll have to keep an eye on ebay.......
     
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    What material is the 1" post made out of? Is it solid or hollow? I have about (10), 1" OD 6 foot prop shafts from sailboats that I keep cause I have a mental disease (what she claims) and my wife is always yelling at me to get rid of it but when we need some of the stuff I've horded through out the years I'm a hero.

    Back on track; pole material, what is it?
     
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    I use a Ray-Vin with a Polecat head.
     
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    I have a hollow chromed set.
     

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