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A Practical and Useful Tripod
on 29 June 2012
I needed a tripod for a new solar telescope I had bought. The telescope itself was lightweight, and was recommended for use on a camera tripod. Having used 'Velbon' as a hide clamp for both a spotter scope and DSLR camera I knew it would work well with the new scope - and it has.
The tripod itself is very light - but also adaptable and easy to use. It can be raised to around 2 metres, and has a head that can be manipulated in just about any way possible! It can pan (ideal for following sports or a flock of birds) can be raised or lowered - and more importantly locked at any angle up to around 160 degrees. I initially had a problem with looking at the sun directly overhead - the tilt mechanism would not quite reach that far. The solution came by extending the height of one of the legs - thus giving the angle needed for comfortable viewing.
For photographers the supplied head also has a 'flip and lock' mechanism to quickly and safely change from landscape to portrait without having to remove the camera from the tripod.
All in all I am very pleased with this tripod; it is easily adaptable to many different uses and hobbies - and when used it can be folded down to a mere 60 cm (2 ft). It even looks good, too!