Hitch Hiker Optical Mount
Lightweight Balanced Motion Tripod Head
The Hitch Hiker is a lightweight, balanced-motion tripod head designed for people on the move -- perfect for photography; birding; Nature-watching; video; and small-scope and binocular astronomy. The nimble Hitch Hiker is light enough to replace standard tripod heads but enables precisely controlled, all-around rotations that normal tripod heads do poorly.
High megapixel digital cameras demand steady support for maximum resolution. But the Hitch Hiker doesn't just provide support. It also provides control. Compose photos rapidly, accurately, and easily. Deftly glide along arching paths while shooting video. Follow action wherever it goes with positive control. Let go and aim is maintained on-target -- no clamping needed. Stay ready for the next shot.
Spotting scopes, large binoculars, and small telescopes also benefit from the Hitch Hiker's smooth, balanced rotations and well-defined rotations. The CNC machined guide-handle with knurled grip is great for steering these instruments. The optional finder bracket allows attaching wide-field aiming devices.
The Hitch Hiker was developed with hiking in mind. Since it can be comfortably carried up a rocky, steep mountain trail it can be carried just about anywhere with ease. A perfect match for lightweight carbon-fiber tripods, put the combo in/on your pack/camera bag or carry the lightweight rig over your shoulder.
The Hitch Hiker allows the user to frame and shoot very quickly and with precision that can't be matched by hand-held photography. When holding a camera by hand, there is ALWAYS some movement of the camera -- over and above what would be called "vibration." This movement creates uncertainty in aiming -- and a hand-held camera will migrate (randomly) while shooting a burst. Moreover, the photographer's attention must be divided between the tasks of aiming and holding the camera steadily.
The precision of rapid aiming afforded by the Hitch Hiker's smooth, balanced motions allows the photographer to quickly perfect a photo's composition.
While eliminating vibration is a strong reason for using the Hitch Hiker, a more compelling reason to employ the Hitch Hiker is to take advantage of the control it affords in rapidly composing photos.