The Birder® Tripod with Velbon PH157Q Quick Release Head


The Birder® Tripod with a Velbon PH157Q Quick Release Head features The Birder™ Tripod aluminum legs paired with a simple to operate and affordable head.
Take advantage of a $40 discount on the price of this tripod with the purchase of any telescope or binocular.
*To get the discount, look for our Special Tripod and Telescope Kits and Special Tripod and Binocular Kits on the tripod page of our website.
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Material: Aluminum alloy legs
Min Height (24° Leg Angle) w/Column Retracted: 46″
Max Height: 65″
Number of Leg Sections: 3
Leg Lock Type: Twist Lock (Helical)
Center Column: 23″
Head Mount Thread Size: 3/8″
Weight: 5.78

Our Audubon Shop exclusive Birder® Tripod with Velbon PH157Q Quick Release Head offers our super stable leg assembly with a more affordable head. Tripods are often overlooked in the scope purchasing experience, but they are a very important piece of the puzzle.  A shaky tripod with even the best scope renders the scope useless.

The Birder® Tripod is manufactured exclusively for Audubon Shop, and we’ve been hooked on this ingeniously simple design for about 16 years, now. Professional birding guides and birders all over the world have used The Birder® since 2000 and continue to rave about and recommend them.

The Birder® Tripod is, as far as we know, the only tripod on the market today with two-section legs. Why are we sold on two-section legs rather than the more common three? It’s all about stability in the field, on the deck outside, or wherever you use your scope. Two sections are significantly more stable than three.

The Birder® Tripod has been field tested across the globe on challenging terrain and and conditions that run the spectrum. Our 23″ center column is longer than most, and extension to the maximum 20″ allows users to view birds in overhead tree canopies or celestial happenings overhead! The lightweight, over-sized aluminum legs and center column reduce vibration better than any birding tripod (including carbon fiber) on the market – we guarantee it!

The Velbon PH157Q Head is all die-cast metal construction featuring a quick release plate and a large pan handle. Head type is 3-Way pan/tilt. The head pans 360 degrees, and locks with one simple twist of the handle.

Take advantage of a $40 discount on the price of this tripod with the purchase of any telescope or binocular. Look at our Special Tripod and Telescope Kits, where discounts on tripods have already been made.

  • Aluminum alloy legs
  • Total Weight: 5.78 lbs
  • Legs Weight: 4.5 lbs
  • Head Weight: 1.28 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 65″
  • Minimum height, column retracted: 46″
  • Minimum Height for packing: 26.5″
  • Leg Sections: 2
  • Rubber feet
  • Only one leg lock per leg section
  • Leg locks are simple twist locks (helical), which means no more fumbling with knobs!

Additional information

Weight 6.5 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 36 in