Hitch Hiker Optical Mount
Lightweight Balanced Motion Tripod Head

The Lightweight Hitch Hiker Combines Steady Support with Rapid, Precise Composition

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.

Concentrate on Composition -- Not Steadying the Camera

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.

Get more from your spotting scope with the Hitch Hiker.

  • Smooth, balanced motions to easily follow moving subjects.
  • The Side-Saddle version of the Hitch Hiker challenges many ball-heads for lightness — but offers much more capability and convenience.
  • Stay on target without clamping the axes. Use both hands for focusing and zooming simultaneously — then immediately adjust the aim with one hand with no need to undo a clamp.
  • Always ready to follow the action.
  • Neatly attach your smart-phone to the Hitch Hiker to display birding/Nature guides and GPS coordinates.
  • Eyepiece moves through smaller arc than on a conventional tripod. Results in much less need to change tripod height.
  • Retractable, angle-adjustable guide-handle improves ability to aim precisely or follow moving subjects.
  • Lever-operated controls allow the user to adjust the "feel" of each axis according to personal preference.
  • Lever-operated quick-plate clamp allows for fast, secure attachment of your scope.
  • Optional locking pin for lever-operated quick-plate clamp makes accidental disengagement impossible. Carry your scope over your shoulder with complete confidence
  • Many digiscope setups can be fully two-axis balanced.