For anything more than casual use you need a tripod that’s very stable, strong enough to withstand some serious abuse, and yet moves with fluid smoothness. The Orion Paragon XHD extra heavy-duty professional field tripod fills the bill, providing extra heavy-duty support for giant astronomy binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes, and telescopes.
The Orion XHD Paragon-Plus Tripod is constructed almost exclusively of aluminum, making it stronger at key stress points where other tripods fail. It features large, adjustable aluminum-tube legs with robust lock levers for convenient setup and takedown. Each leg features graduated reference etchings so you can quickly and easily extend each leg to the same preferred length - a great timesaver when trying to setup gear in a hurry. The legs are tri-braced to the center elevator housing for extra stability. This paragon-plus tripod is 67-inches tall when fully extended, putting binoculars easily at eye level for most people.
This extra heavy-duty tripod holds heavier loads. Tube legs 1-1/4-inch maximum diameter; each leg laterally braced with dual 3/4-inch aluminum tubes. Elevator shaft 1-1/8-inch diameter, 11-3/4-inch travel. Height fully extended 67-inches; folds to 34-inches. Weighs 9 lbs.
The Orion XHD Paragon-Plus tripod comes with a two-way fluid-type pan head. It features tension adjustment knobs on both axes for wonderfully smooth, controlled motion. The pan head can be raised or lowered on its aluminum rack-and-pinion elevator post with a hinged hand crank. Panning is easy with the 11-inch-long adjustable handle. The quick-release 1/4-inch-20 dovetail shoe makes attaching and detaching your instrument from the pan head a snap. Other nice features include convertible cushion/spike feet and built-in bubble level.
- Weight rating: 10 lbs.
- Bearing material: Fluid pan head
- Tripod material: Aluminum & Steel
- Height range of mount: 31.50 in. - 68.00 in.
- Weight, fully assembled: 9.0 lbs.
- Warranty: One year