Ray-Vin Scope Stand Comparison

The 48" stands typically places the eyepiece over 54" above ground level.

We introduced 60" scope stand at Camp Perry in 2003. For the following year, this 60" stand out sold the 48" Classic by a ratio of 2:1. Naturally, we brought twice as many 60" stands as Classics to Perry in 2004. Much to our surprise, the Classic (and the 2-piece 48") quickly out sold the 60" stand on Commercial Row.

We believe when people can't see the scope stands, as in Internet sales, they buy the taller stand just to be sure. However, at Perry, many shooters could see the difference and then realized that the 48" stands were a better fit for them.

If you have an angled eye-piece scope and are 6'2" tall or less, you can use a four foot stand without difficulty. If you have a straight scope, or position your scope behind you (opposite side from rifle in offhand), you may prefer the 60" stand.

Bench Rest
Total Eclipse 2-24
Total Eclipse 2-30
Eclipse F-Stand 2-24
Eclipse F-Stand 2-30
Height above Ground
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One 48"
Two 24"
Two 30"
Two 24"
Two 30"
Leg Length
This page is intended to address some of the questions we are often asked about our tripods.

  • Our scope stands are made from sturdy materials and will provide years of trouble free service.
  • The base and the legs are aluminum.
  • The shafts are 304 Stainless Steel. The top knob is acetal (Delrin).
    Solid steel Freeland 5/8" rods weigh over one pound per foot. Our stainless tube weighs about 5/8 pound per foot.
  • The bottom shafts in the Classic are secured by a unique clamping system using a acetal plug and a setscrew.
  • The Eclipse system rods thread into the base.
  • The legs are tensioned using a spring washer that holds them wherever you put them. When you lift the stand up to move it, they will not fall down. The legs stop in both directions against machined shoulders in the base. When deployed, you can stand on the base. It is a very strong system. The legs are shown in the secured position on the Classic stand.
  • To deploy the legs, rotate them CCW roughly 3/4 of a circle to the bottom stops. The legs never touch each other. To secure the legs for transport or storage, rotate CW to the upper stops. Click here to see animation
  • We do not advise removing your scope from the scope head.
    The Eclipse scope head becomes part of the scope and is self storing.
    The Eclipse scope head is its own quick detach.

Click here for scope stand instructions in pdf format.

Our policy is to make and sell only the best.
We believe our scope stand is the best value for the money and our confidence is total.
However, what we offer may not be the best for you.
We want you to make an informed decision for yourself,
so we have no problem linking similar products from other manufacturers.

Compare 1" Scope Stands & Heads Ray-Vin Ray-Vin Ray-Vin Giraud First-Strike Ewing Creedmoor
Model Classic Total Eclipse Eclipse F-Stand GS2 Standard High Power Polecat
Price $230.00 $319.00 $319.00 $ 250.00 $ 235.00 $ 260.00 $ 361.00
Offset from rod C/L 3-1/4" 8-3/4" 8-3/4" close ? close 7-1/2"
Fine Adjust friction friction friction elev only friction elev only friction
Use angle eyepiece scopes without rotating band YES YES YES no no $20 option no
Rotate scope parallel to stand YES YES YES $20 option YES $20 option ?
Number of adjusting knobs 1 1 1 2 2 2 1*

*Tension is preset. Requires a tool to adjust.

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Ray-Vin Scope Stand and Head Information

Our scope stand and head are very popular among high power shooters. The design is simple, robust and easy to use. Since its introduction in 2002, thousands of shooters have added our head to their existing stand or purchased our stand/head combination.
Comments on using spotting scopes in high power rifle competition.

One Hand or Two?
Something we hear a lot is that the Ray-Vin scope needs two hands to adjust. First of all, there is no scope head made that can be set in gross adjustment with one hand. To move the scope up or down on the rod, as from sitting to prone, requires two hands for all the scope stands we have ever seen. If you know of a system that can be set by a one armed man please let me know! Second, although the Ray-Vin scope head has no fine adjusting screws or cams, it can still be perfectly aligned with one hand after it is initially set. This is accomplished by setting the tension on the ball tight enough that the scope will not move by itself, but not so tight that you can't move it by hand, one hand.

The theory is that if you can be on the rifle and in the scope at the same time, you will be less likely to get bitten by the wind. This requires a stand that will put the scope close to your non-shooting eye when you are on the gun with your sight picture.
The idea here is that you can get your sight picture just so, and then before you break your shot you can give one last check of the mirage through the scope. Now, to do this, you need to get back on the rifle and break the shot in a couple of seconds. Can you do that? If you can't, then the wind can still get you.
The Ray-Vin head/outrigger combination has about 8" of offset from the stand base. You can place your stand, with no legs on or under your mat, and position the scope so you don't even have to move your head for that last check of conditions.

Of course, a heavier stand would not need longer legs, but what about all those people who want us to make aluminum rods instead of stainless steel "because it would be lighter"? Are these shooters still using a 5/8" rod scope stand with solid rods that weighs over one pound per foot? The Ray-Vin 1" stainless steel tube only weighs about 5/8 pound per foot.

At least once a week we answer questions regarding stability and if our stands will support a large scope. There is no scope stand in the world that will never tip over when conditions are severe. Scope stands are most vulnerable when the scope is up high while shooting offhand. Here the scope acts like a sail and has the leverage to topple the rig and from that height, and the scope will hit hard.
When conditions are gusty, lay your stand down and ask your scorer to call your shots. If you are practicing, put some weight on the legs. Get some shot bags from the skeet range and make a couple of sandbags. For the other positions; sitting, prone and scoring, it is very unlikely a stand will blow over.
The Eclipse Outrigger is intended to be used to support the scope for prone only. Having the scope on the outrigger and up the rods is an unstable and unnecessary configuration.
Our stands are in service with all the popular spotting scopes; Celestron, Konus, Leica, Nikon, Swarovski, and all the Kowas.

Skill vs. Equipment
I have seen it in just about every form of competition. The belief that some technical edge will make up for a lack of skill and training. You have all heard it; "The rifle shoots better than you can." This also goes for your mat, scope, scope stand, coat, glove or mitt and so on. The simplest things will raise your score and won't cost you a penny. Dry fire! Try to dry fire offhand for ten to 30 minutes twice a week. Position! Get your frame used to sitting and prone. Gear up, sling up and then just hold position for ten minutes a couple of times a week. This even helps for offhand even if you don't dry fire. USAMU shooters have been known to fall asleep, sitting or prone in front of the TV! Exercise your eyes! Try not to use reading glasses as much as possible. Force yourself to read with things just a little closer than is comfortable. Not to brag, but I made High Master (service rifle), Distinguished Rifleman and Presidents 100 using the old Freeland stand. Of course, it would probably been easier and sooner if I had my Ray-Vin stand back then!

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