Trackers & Tripod Heads

Trackers & Tripod Heads

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If you’re interested in mounting your camera, spotting scope, binoculars, or a small telescope to a tripod, we have your solution.  There are many ways to stabilize your optics, from basic plates to arrangements that will allow you to move your equipment once mounted.  These devices can range from a swiveling ball to a geared assembly.  Some types of tripod heads are designed for stationary subjects, while others allow for small, manual movements.  If you are interested in doing night sky photography, you will also find tracking mounts that follow your subject in Right Ascension (RA) at a variety of rates.  The products you'll find here are the ultimate in portability and perfect for the photographer or observer on the go.


Camera tracking mounts can be as simple as a spring and gear driven assembly, much like a music box.  These attach to a tripod head.  When aligned to the celestial pole, the tracking mounts follow the target in right ascension.  Some basic models include motorized controls.  Other camera tracking devices are complete systems that can be set to various rates such as sidereal, lunar, and solar speeds.  This type of tracker is very similar to an equatorial mount, and it requires alignment to the celestial pole when doing astrophotography.  These systems are precise and can be used in conjunction with a telescope for auto-guiding capabilities.

A ball-style camera head is versatile, quick, and easy to use.  Just unlock the bearing and you can position your camera anywhere within a 180° sphere.  Most models are supplied with a quick release camera plate with secondary safety lock, built-in bubble level, and tension adjustment.  The ball-style camera head is ideal for 35mm cameras with short or medium focal length lenses.

The micro-fluid video head has amazingly smooth movement and is very portable.  It's perfect for most spotting scopes and camcorders.  It pans smoothly over a full 360° and can be tilted up or down 90°.  It has pan and tilt locks and a continually adjustable positioning slot for optimal balance.  The adjustment handle and head are designed so the handle can be mounted on either the left or right side.  The micro-fluid head incorporates a quick release camera plate system and is suitable for 35mm SLR and medium format cameras.

The geared head offers movement in three directions: pan, tilt, and side-to-side tilt.  The swivel tilt head allows a camera to be mounted on a monopod.  It can be turned 90° to provide either vertical or horizontal format.  Most models employ a quick release camera plate system and a secondary safety lock.

The grip ball head is very easy to use.  Simply squeeze the grip, adjust your view any way you like, and release the grip.  If your equipment is heavy, you can adjust the friction on the locking mechanism to match the weight.  Most models include a quick release camera plate with a secondary safety lock, built-in bubble level, and tension adjustment.  They are ideal for 35mm cameras with short or medium focal length lenses.

Simple ball heads pan 360º and tilt 90º up or down.  They are offered in micro or mini formats to accommodate different camera weights.  The ball head works well with monopods, small table top tripods, and even window clamps.  A convenient single locking mechanism blocks or frees movement on all axes for greater speed of use.  It is well suited for 35mm SLR cameras with medium lenses and light medium format cameras.

The video head has separate pan and tilt locks, a repositionable pan bar, and a gradual tilt friction adjustment system.  It provides smooth and constant movements on both axes, and it is well suited to still photography cameras with medium and long telephoto lenses.  The basic pan tilt head incorporates tilting and pan features the photographer will love.


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