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While glassing with a lightweight spotting scope is a ball head better than a pan tilt tripod head? Is it just a personal preferance?
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I can only speak about the differences when using cameras. For light weight and packing the ball heads are generally smaller. I can also make movements in different planes much easier then with a pan tilt.
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Like Tahqua I can only speak from camera experience but they should be similar.  I much prefer a ball head.  A good one will be a lot easier to use than pan/tilt.  Make sure the one you get has a friction adjustment so you can move the binoculars but they still stay put without you holding them.  Only negative to ball heads is they are more expensive.
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