Thursday, May 22, 2014

Can I use a ball head with my Razor 85mm scope?

Hi Eagle Optics,

I am planning to order a Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 scope from you guys this Autumn. I’ve got a few questions about pairing an adequate tripod and head that I’m hoping you can answer:

For photography I own a Manfrotto 054 Mag ball head with Q2 release and a Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod. Are these beefy enough to use with the Razor HD 20-60x85mm?

What sort of mounting connection does the Razor have? Can I screw in my Manfrotto QR plate?

What sort of head do people typically use with scopes of this size?

Thank you for your expertise!

-        Drew

Hi Drew,

Thanks for your inquiry.  The Razor scope has a standard 1/4"-20 threading in the foot to accept quick release plates.  I wouldn’t recommend using it with your current ball head--for sturdiness and ease of use it won’t be ideal.

The types of tripod heads that are used most frequently for birders are microfluid video heads, with two-way panning and a pan-arm attached. One of our most popular is the .  This head will be compatible with your legs, and together they should be a good and sturdy set-up with the Razor.

I hope this helps, feel free to let us know if you have any other questions!


Eagle Optics


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