Excerpt: For a combination of price, function, and load this is the best tripod I have found. I use it for photography and astronomy. Rock solid within it weight limits. Perfect for any SLR and most 90mm short focal length telescope. Depending on the head you use it is great for both terrestrial and astronomical use.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Though this is meant as a heavy studio tripod, I bought it to use as a sturdy base for a portable astrophotography setup. I needed it to support up to 20lbs of equipment that would be rotating on a gear, and couldn't move a millimeter. And I have to say, as long as there was little to no wind, this worked perfectly. Very pleased with it, though I would recommend using it for applications where you won't have to carry it much, as it is very heavy.
Pros: Excellent construction, Good Stability, Solid, Unfolds Quickly