Re: What optics do you pack in on hunts?
While I am not a hunter (there's not much out there that I like to eat), but I did decide to see how light I could pack out for the 1 mile trek at Camp Perry this year.
I found a Sirui T-005 tripod and teamed it with a spotting scope from Champion Shooter's Supply.
The tripod (unfortunately from China) is very high quality, usable from prone to standing (with an angled optic), folds to a 3-1/2" diameter X 12" long package weighing 1.8#.
The scope is a very good optic, made for CSS in a 45 degree layout, 50mm objective, 12 - 36X, weighing 1.6# and barely covers my Commander sized .45.
The package is certainly worth considering with a total cost of around $250.