This is a photo tripod that probably could be used with a spotting or widefield scope. I bought this for use with a 2"x3" Graflex, and a 4x5 Graflex, so this might be considered a heavy duty tripod. It is rock steady, has a bubble level, quick release plate, and can accomodate 1/4" US standard or European tripod sockets by unscrewing and flipping the camera mount base plate. It weighs about 8 pounds, give or take a few ounces. If you have any questions, email me, I will answer. $100 shipped insured CONTUS, Paypal accepted, 3% fee for credit card added, or postal money order. Thanks for looking.