Whatever tripod you choose, make sure it's solid and you can put a good
anti-rotation quick release plate on it.  Any scope with that much glass at
the end may turn on its main screw while being toted on tripod over
shoulder.  The anti-rotation plate for my old Bogen-Manfrotto has a pair of
screws that tighten against the scope's base plate at right angles to the
main screw and vastly increase the scope's security while carrying it on a
tripod.  Don't count on the little anti-rotation pins can come with a
standard plate.

Jeff Witters
Olathe, KS

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM, Wilburn Boesch <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> I am in process of purchasing the new swarovski atx 95 mm spotting scope
> and the tls-apo for digiscoping. I have a nikon d3200 camera to mount to
> scope. What would you recommend as a tripod and which type of head, must
> keep price in  300 to 500 dollar range. Also I have never used an angled
> scope . Your advice angled or straight would be appreciated also. Last
> question with this big of a scope and a camera attached will i need to get
> a balance rail ? Please respond to my email address for any free
> advice...don't have any moola left to pay for it thanks much
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