Best spotting scope stand for the money?

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  1. Nellej12

    Nellej12 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I'm in need of a new spotting scope stand for F-Class, mainly for scoring. What's the best bang for your buck with out buying junk.

    Thanks

    Jeff
     
  2. Albany Mountain

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    A camera tripod like a Vivitar would work and not break the bank.
     
  3. Walt Krafft

    Walt Krafft Gold $$ Contributor

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    If you want a truly good stand look at Gear Buggy.
     
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    Manfrotto is what I use. You can get them used at a decent price with swivel head and quick detach CR2 heads. Flea Bay
     
  5. GSS

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    What do you use for a spotting scope stand while shooting F Class to watch Mirage and see shot spotters / scoring disc on target ?

    If you are only scoring for F Class matches and NOT Shooting anything will do to hold up a spotting scope for scoring only.

    What to use while shooting matches is different ?

    For shooting I like the Creedmoor Polecat as it gets the spotting scope out away from the stand and close to you so you don't have to break position to check Mirage os shot locations.


    https://www.creedmoorsports.com/product/1357/Scope-and-Stand-Accessories

    This was all recently discussed in this thread
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/threads/spotting-scopes.3997374/#post-37702163
     
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  6. rardoin

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    Ray-Vin and Gear Buggy are the two best I have worked with. I have a Giraud with the Ray-Vin Outrigger added and it is very good...however....I favor the Ray-Vin as a complete unit and would buy it if I had to get another.

    Edit- Negative on the Ray-Vin....I could not buy another as it seems as the owner retired and they are no longer available:(.
     
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  7. Redd

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    Gear Buggy is the last stand you'll even want or need! And Wayne McLeod is one of the best people to work with! Great product , outstanding service!
     
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  8. JEFFPPC

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    Your scope is only as good as your mount/stand.
     
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  9. XTR

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    I've tried a number. For the most part over the last 9 yrs or so I've used a Creedmoor stand. For about $210 or so you are all set. I think they are about the cheapest for a shooting spotting scope stand.

    I've recently switched to a Ray-vin, but as noted they are no longer for sale. I fly to matches so I need to get the weight down on things. The Ray-Vin takes any 1" rod, so I replaced the SS one with carbon fiber. For $26 I dropped to 2½+ lbs from the setup.

    I'm sure there are other options for photo tripods that will work. I've seen the one that PJ @Medium rare uses, I believe it's a Carbon Fiber photography tripod.

    You need some offset if you use it shooting or the tripod is right where you need to put your left elbow/arm
     
  10. F Class John

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    I’ve owned 2 ray-vins, Giraud and GearBuggy. I’m a massive Ray-Vin fan but that ship has sailed. GearBuggy is also amazing but a fair amount heavier for sure and a 1-1/4” pole so just know most other accessories won’t fit it if you wanted to change anything down the line. On the upside the owner is great and he has tons of accessories for it. Giraud is very nice too but my third choice of only for the way it connects to and hold the scope itself.
     
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    One more vote for the Ray-Vin especially with the outrigger
     
  12. Papa Charlie

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    Ray-Vin, you won't find a stouter, more stable unit. Tried the camera tri-pods and they are just not designed to keep a spotting scope stable enough, unless you spend a lot for the high end units. They also take up a lot of space at height which is often a limited resource on behind the firing line.
     
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    For a straight tripod, All are junk compared to a Quickset. Several different models but Sampson is perfect for Benchrest. To get one you’ll have to ferret it off of eBay. Originally made to hold TV cameras.

    Bart
     
  15. JBT

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    Manfroto or RRS (very expensive).
     
  16. Dub

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    if only using for scoring, anything will work. It is when using for reading mirage while shooting that requires consideration
     
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    Look into Creedmoor Sports. Either their proprietary or the Polecat.
     
  18. coldboreshot

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    Ray-Vins are no longer available. Good luck finding someone to part with theirs. They are becoming difficult to obtain as Warner rear sights and Unicorns.
     
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