The Manfrotto Nitrotech 608 (previously-designated “N8”) head is revolutionary. It’s the first “relatively-affordable” video head with a continuous counterbalance system. It’s also relatively-low-priced considering its very high 17.6 lb. payload capacity. What is a continuous counterbalance system? A nitrogen-charged piston is used to variably-counterbalance the load on the head as it moves off-axis (tilts forward or backward). Conventional video heads, which use springs to compensate for off-balance loads, typically are not adjustable. So while the counterbalance springs do reduce the amount of friction required to hold a binocular at any tilt angle, considerable friction is still required to prevent the head from drifting. The 608 allows for precise counterbalance adjustment, requiring only a minimal amount of friction to prevent the head from drifting, regardless of the amount of tilt.
Pair this with our TR3 hardwood tripod, and you’ve got the ultimate mount for our XL Series Binocular Telescopes. As an added bonus, it just looks cool- even the 608’s red accents perfectly-match the red accents on the XL-ED models.
- All-aluminum fluid head provides smooth azimuth and altitude motion
- Nitrogen-charged gas counterbalance minimizes friction required to prevent drift as binocular tilts from horizon to zenith
- Quick-release plate includes 1/4-20 screw and 3/8-16 adapter
- Single panning handle
- Max. weight capacity: 17.6 lbs.
- Weight: 4.85 lbs.