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Glassing for mule deer with Zeiss Spotting scope

Photo credit: Brady Miller

At goHUNT, we are here to help you with all of your optics choices. We pride ourselves with honest, expert advice that gives the best options for our customer's personal situation. Purchasing optics shouldn't be complicated. For all your optics questions and needs, there's no one better to talk to than our Optics Manager Cody Nelson. He can be reached by email using or by phone at (702) 847-8747 | Ext. 2.

No matter what type of hunt you have coming up, you can trust Cody to help create a custom optics package to meet your budget for over the counter hunts or the hunting trip of a lifetime!

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Check out several of Cody's recent optic videos below

Fluid tripod heads vs. ball heads

12x vs. 15x binoculars

Angled vs. straight spotting scopes

Flip lock vs. twist lock tripod legs

Sirui VA-5 tripod head


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Cody N.
Cody N. - posted 1 year ago on 10-18-2018 11:52:46 am
Scottsdale, AZ
goHUNT Team

Try the Manfrotto 502. This head will easily handle the weight of the rifle but the best feature of this head is the neck tension and its' ability to control the weight!!

Seth D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-18-2018 11:05:26 am
Public Lands

Anyone have advice for a head that would hold a 11-15 pound rifle in a hog saddle and still pivot like a ball head?

Cody N.
Cody N. - posted 1 year ago on 10-18-2018 08:16:40 am
Scottsdale, AZ
goHUNT Team

Seth D. - The bigger Manfrotto Pistol grips are no longer made. There are a few companies that still manufacture that style. The main reason for their decline is the size and weight. They are still effective for glassing but there are a lot more options that are lighter and smoother for glassing. Thank you for commenting!

Seth D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-17-2018 08:58:02 am
Public Lands

I have this old Manfrotto verticle ball head on an Manfrotto tripod I bought at Changs Department Store in Singapore on a 2001 West Pac on the USS Carl Vinson; In the old days, it was the dogs danglers, but now that I am using it for a hog saddle type operation for shooting, it doesn't work very well. The only nice aspect is that I can pop a camera or big eyes on it in about 3 seconds using the photo adapters. Sirui is supposed to have one that

Gary H. - posted 1 year ago on 10-17-2018 05:27:04 am

I only use the ball style. I find it to be the easiest style to use. It is very quick and stable. I can scan then lock down and be really stable. But to each their own.

Having said that I dont use a spotting scope that weighs 4 pounds either...Never will

Seth D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-17-2018 04:42:26 am
Public Lands

They are pretty good.

No one seems to be using ball gripper heads anymore, is there a reason for that?