Telescope Accessories

KITE’s aluminum tripod, ARDEA AL is designed for birdwatching and travel. It is smaller than the ARDEA CF for comfortable traveling. It is made of aluminum and is just as light as the carbon fibre ARDEA CF because of its smaller size. Still the ARDEA AL is sufficiently large to give best support to big telescopes, and allow even the tallest people to view without having to use the central column. This provides maximum viewing stability.
The very durable twist locks offer best grip and keep the legs in place. As an advantage to the conventional flip locks, twist locks are faster to operate and do not get stuck behind branches or bushes in the field. They also allow the user to easily disassemble the legs for cleaning.  
Just as all other Kite products, repairs and service on the Ardea CF tripod are being carried out with biggest care at the Kite facilities in Belgium.
- light and compact sized                  
- Twist locks                                        
- Retractabel weight hook                  
- Integrated spirit level                 
- 1 foam grip
- carrying bag included

KITE OPTICS advises the use of Manfrotto / Gitzo tripod heads.

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model KITE ARDEA AL + 128RC KITE ARDEA AL (w/o head)
tripod head included yes no
type of tripod head Manfrotto 128RC -
quick release plate yes -
quick release plate screw size 1/4" -
tripod top screw size 3/8" 3/8"
sections 3 3
weight 2.2 kg 1.4 kg
maximum height (central column extracted) 160 cm 149 cm
maximum height 137 cm 126 cm
minimum height 44 cm 33 cm
closed length (without head) - 57 cm
closed length (with head) 68 cm -
maximum mount load 4 kg (head) 8 kg (no head)
carrying bag included yes yes
material aluminium aluminium
lock type twist twist
color black black
variable leg angles yes yes
bubble spirit level yes yes
retractable ballast hook yes yes
foam handle yes yes
max. leg ¯ 24mm 24mm
min. leg ¯ 16mm 16mm
code K283858 K283841

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