Dear Eagle Optics,
I just purchased the new Swarovski ATX 85mm and 95mm scopes (I'm still deciding which one to keep). I would like to get your advice on which tripod would be best for these scopes.
I will use my scope for birding out in the field as well as digiscoping. Will the Swarovski CT101 with DH101 head work fine for these new scopes?
Also, is there a cheaper option that will work just as well for me? I like the Manfrotto tripods. I would love to have several options that you would recommend that will work well with these new scopes, especially for the large 95mm ATX.
That Swarovski tripod setup you mentioned is a great choice.
The less expensive Manfrotto option that would still work really well is the 055XB leg and 128 head.
This is by far our most popular aluminum model.
How tall are you?
If you are any taller than about 5'10", I'd recommend the above setup.
If you are shorter than that, you could get away with this kit, which is the shorter leg (190XB) with the same head: http://www.eagleoptics.com/tripod-kits/bogen-manfrotto/bogen-manfrotto-128rc-190xb-tripod-kit