Originally Posted by captainemil
I use a burris 15-45x60 spotting scope for years, it small lite fits in a back pack. I would like to have some thing stronger but not real heavy. where we hunt it seems like the wind blows 15 to 20 mph daily so need to find a way to hold it steady also.
I use an 82mm KOWA, but it's not even slightly close to what your needs are (way too big). You might go over to Ebay and look to see what you can pick up a 60mm Kowa for, as they're much smaller. yet I think your really wanting something that's water proof and maybe even armored. Optics wise it's very hard to beat a Kowa for less than 150% of the money.
The real reason I'm responding is with the mount. They make heavyduty camera tripods in different lengths (some as short as 12"). Buy a claw mount adapter for the head (bolts to the spotting scope mount), and your home free. The claw mount adapter seems to be much more solid.