The Takeaway:

1. Our Pick: AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

2. Runner-Up: Pedco Model P-UP2-BK-STD Compact Spotting Scope Tripod

3. Also Great: Sony Model VCT-R100 Lightweight Spotting Scope Tripods

It’s nearly time for that big hunt or birding trip you’ve been planning and prepping for all year, or maybe for your entire life. You’ve made sure you’ve chosen all the best and lightest gear, but when it comes time to look at a tripod for your spotting scope, it’s easy to overlook weight and just how useful that tripod will be.

The tripod can make all the difference. So, with your next big hunt out in the mountains, hiking across the plains, or traipsing about the marshy forests in mind, here is a list that will help you find the best lightweight spotting scope tripod for your needs:

​Our Pick: AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

This lightweight spotting scope tripod has everything needed to handle your next hike into the wilderness in search of your next trophy. Weighing only 3 pounds, this scope extends from 20″ to 60″ allowing you to comfortably use it while standing or sitting in your stand.

Despite its light weight, this mighty little tripod can support up to 6.6 pounds, making it strong enough to handle a lightweight spotting scope. This tripod features quick release leg locks that glide effortlessly and large knobs that allow for easy height adjustment. It also has a quick release feature that lets you quickly disconnect your scope from the tripod with the press of a lever (the scope screws into the pan head, pressing the lever releases the pan head for easy connection and disconnection.)

Image view of the AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

With versatile adjustments from the individual leg lengths to the geared center post to the mounting plate, this tripod easily accommodates scopes of different sizes and weight. It also comes with a soft nylon carrying case, a one year limited warranty, non-slip rubber feet, and a quick hang hook that allows you to hang your gear from the bottom of the center post for extra stabilization.

Although AmazonBasics is not a dedicated tripod company, it has managed to set very high standards for every product they decide to carry. You can see what current owners are saying about this tripod, and you can watch the video below to have a better idea of what the company stands for:

​Runner-Up: Pedco Model P-UP2-BK-STD Compact Spotting Scope Tripod

This small, lightweight spotting scope, Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod is perfect for out in the prairie when laying prone is a necessity, or for out in your stand where you can set it on a platform. 

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Pedco Model P-UP2-BK-STD Compact Spotting Scope Tripod

With folded-out legs and non-slip vinyl feet, this mighty little tripod also features a D-ring Velcro strap that allows you to securely attach it to any sturdy surface, like a tree, post, or your stand railing.

This lets you use it like a full-size tripod but without having to carry all that extra weight. Considering that this durable spotting scope weighs a scant 4 ounces and folds down to a tiny 7″ x 2″ x 2″ this is definitely a tripod to give some thought to. It also features a U-ball and socket mount assembly that allows for the scope to be positioned at any angle.

The durable glass filled nylon and aluminum threaded components construction is what makes this tripod so lightweight while still providing years of support for spotting scopes weighing up to 6 pounds. This tripod also features a quick release head and comes with a lifetime warranty.

​Also Great: Sony Model VCT-R100 Lightweight Spotting Scope Tripods

The Sony VCT-R100 is a great lightweight tripod for spotting scopes that comes with many thoughtful features. Weighing a mere 1.8 pounds and folding down to a compact 14 inches, this tripod extends from 14 to 39 inches. This is a good compromise to full-sized and table top tripods and makes it great for hunting in the plains or sitting in your stand.

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Sony Model VCT-R100 Lightweight Spotting Scope Tripod

The 3-way pan head moves fluidly and smoothly, with a tilt correction of 90, 60, and 360 degrees. It has flip lock leg locks, a soft rounded design with no sharp corners to worry about ripping or tearing its carrying case or anything else you pack it within your range bag.

The height adjusts quickly with a twist-lock mechanism, not a crank handle, yet there is an internal mechanism that prevents pulling the elevator out of the center shaft entirely, which could otherwise be easy to do if in a hurry.

While this tripod does not have a quick release, it makes up for it in large knurled knobs for the locking screw mechanism that are smooth and easy to turn unlike other cam-locks that often require a coin to screw into place or have tiny knobs that require a high level of dexterity. This tripod also has a one year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor.

Other Products to Consider

​Davis and Sandford Connex Lightweight Tripod for Spotting Scopes

The David & Sanford Connex Lightweight Tripod is unique lightweight spotting scope tripod has 9mm 4-section aluminum legs that set up instantly with just a few shakes via internal shock cords, just like in quick set-up tents. While this does make for a compact length of 15 inches and incredible weight of only 8 ounces, this tripod extends to a full non-adjustable height of 44 inches.

Davis and Sandford Connex Lightweight Tripod for Spotting Scopes

This easy and compact folding design also features non-slip rubber feet, a non-reflective black finish for zero glare and comes with an adjustable camera phone adapter for an extra level of versatility for your spotting scope tripod. It also has an aluminum all-way ball head, allowing you to angle your spotting scope at any angle. It also has double locking straps that keep the legs securely in place for storage and easily attach the tripod to a camera bag or range bag.

Lightweight Spotting Scope Tripod Review Final Thoughts

With so many different choices in style and size of spotting scopes on the market and keeping in mind the various uses, it really comes down to what is going to be best for you, your gear, your hunting trip, and how you will be using the tripod and your spotting scope.

Will you be trekking up and down mountains and using it on the fly? Will you be sitting in a stand all day or spending the day at the range taking down targets? Be sure to ask yourself what you’re really going to use this for and when. In doing so, you will be able to get yourself the proper lightweight spotting scope tripod for hunting or birding.

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