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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Port from Washington on Thursday, November 19, 2015
    This Vanguard spotting scope is replacing a much older Bushnell spotting scope with similar specifications. With newer technology the Vanguard outperforms the Bushnell. It was a very good buy at the price I paid.
  • Reviewed by Rob from Oakland, CA on Monday, November 16, 2015
    I wrote a review already; the chief problem is the rather insecure attachment point for the pan head. You can use another head instead of the pan head, but it still mounts on that blade.

    I added a star because there's a workaround, if you don't mind a drill.

    I just drilled a ¼" hole through the blade and the clamp, but a bolt through and added a wingnut, and now it's much sturdier, and you can still use the clamp off the tripod.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Rob from Oakland, CA on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    This tripod's two main features are small size and a head that can be used on a window or similar surface.

    It's sturdy enough with a light camera, but the head clamps onto the tripod using the same clamping device that would allow it to be clamped onto a window. That's fine, but means yet another flex point. And that means it's gonna be wobbly with heavier loads.Basically the tripod has a blade that sticks up that the head clamps on as if it's a window. Lotta flex especially if the weight isn't centered.

    So I wouldn't recommend it for anything heavy, like a DSLR with a telephoto, or where you do a lot of re-aiming, since you have to compensate for some droop or flex every time you readjust.

    I got it mostly for the head, which is kinda nice. But unfortunately you cannot use another head on this tripod, since the only attachment point is that blade that the window-head mounts on.
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