Well designed to be used with a spotting scope and video equipment, the Vanguard Abeo 243CV Carbon tripod kit hits all the important points for tripod performance. Lightweight, carbon-fiber legs have thick foam grips and adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles at the push of a button. Quick-release leg locks allow for fast set up and take down. Packaged with the magnesium alloy PH113V two-way pan head, the ultra-smooth operation, 360-degree rotation, and frontal tilt movement allow you to follow the action with ease.
|Carbon Fiber Legs
||Are lightweight and provide vibration resistance and sturdy support.
|Quick Release Plate
||Allows quick attachment of equipment to a tripod head.
|Lever Leg Locks
||Flip up and down for height adjustments.
||Multiple Leg Angles
||Allow stable positioning on uneven ground.
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Ian G. from Nevada City California
This is my first serious tripod that I bought with my scope and digiscoping setup. Even before I attached my digiscoping setup, there was lots of shake on a windy coastal day.
Camera shake is profound when the digiscoping setup is attached. I do not have a balance plate, which could be the problem, but any time I touch the handle, there is vicious shake which has reduced the image quality of more than a few shots. Setting the two second timer on my camera usually does the trick, but even using the shutter release cable from the Kowa DA-4 (which is another story) caused the camera to shake.
Due to the fact I have never had a different tripod, and I might need a balance plate, I will commend this tripod on its light weight which was the immediate draw of the system. Currently, I am looking into a balance plate or another tripod head that is better suited to digiscoping. This is starting to negate the benefits of the lightweight tripod.
This might be a good tripod for a smaller scope (I have a Kowa 883) or for environments where there is not strong winds. However, if you are looking to digiscope, I would recommend saving up for a sturdier tripod.
My back is happier with this tripod
Kim S. from Michigan
We had a very sturdy but heavy tripod before we bought the Vanguard Abeo. I hated dragging my tripod and scope along because of the weight, but now I take it everywhere with me. All the adjusting mechanisms work simply and securely, and I like the ease of adjusting the panhead too.
Very stable, yet lightweight tripod
Bill P. from Madison, WI
Finally got our present from Santa out after a tough winter. Even on a windy March afternoon, our scope stayed steady. We really enjoyed watching the ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes.
Florinus K. from Plymouth, MN
I love this tripod, I can set it up easily and quickly. The head moves smoothly, with just the right amount of resistance.
E. LeGrand from Tennessee
I'm a birder with a top quality scope, but I was in need of a LIGHTWEIGHT tripod up to the quality of the scope (to replace a 7 lb. Manfrotto tripod that is too heavy and bulky for convenient air travel). This Vanguard tripod meets my needs exactly, and I have no suggestions for improvement. I especially like the way the quick-release piece securely attaches to the scope (with a screw plus a pin). The quick-release piece is especially easy to attach to the tripod. The handle of the tripod has a nice curvature. The tripod disassembles for air travel so that it is only as long as the length of the legs. My scope is angled, so I can get by with the shorter, hence lighter weight, version.