NightHawk Ultralight Pan Head


What's in the Box

  • PH-170 NightHawk Pan Head
    • The head will come fully assembled with the Arca-Swiss clamp installed.  As you can see in the exploded view above the clamp is held in place with a fastener and two pins to ensure it doesn't rotate. 
  • Arca-Swiss Accessory Plate
    • The included accessory plate can be installed on your optics or accessories by using the supplied 1/4" fastener.  These are also available separately on our website so you can install one on every optic or accessory you own to make switching back and forth easy and fast.
  • 3/8" Threaded Stud
    • This is a standard sized thread that most tripods use.  When using our Quick-StiX System our 3rd Leg has a threaded stud already installed so you won't need the one included with the pan head.  
  • Tilt Axis Locking Knob
    • We find that most people prefer to use the carbon fiber handle as it provides more precise control of your optic.  But if you are counting every gram you can remove the carbon fiber handle and install another locking knob to shave some weight!

Getting Smooth Performance

To make sure that you are getting the best performance from your PH-170 NightHawk Pan Head here are a few tips and tricks.

  • For the tilt axis you want to run the least amount of tension required to hold your optic in place when you completely let go.  You should not need to loosen and tighten the handle each time you want to move the optic. (Unless you are running a heavy optic, then you may need to slightly loosen and tighten the handle each time you move the tilt axis) 
  • When setting the pan axis tension you want to tighten it enough to provide good resistance and allow you to pan smoothly.  You want to make sure that when you let go of your optic it stays in the last position.
  • Ensure your optic is centered and balanced as possible over the Arca Swiss plate.  This usually isn't a problem when using a spotter as you will mount the Arca Swiss plate directly to the spotter.  When running a Bino adapter pay attention to the direction of the adapter offset and try to get the weight as centered as possible for best performance.


    • Q: Is the PH-170 NightHawk compatible with any tripod or do I have to use your Quick-StiX System?
    • A: Of course we designed the NightHawk to be a perfect match for the Quick-StiX System, but we also include a 3/8" threaded stud so you can use it on any standard tripod of your choice.


    • Q: Is the PH-170 NightHawk Pan Head strong enough to shoot off of?
    • A: The short answer is YES... but... you need to manage your expectations. If you are planning to clamp on a 14lb long range rig and expect the head to hold it 100% solid and not sag a bit when you let go you will be disappointed.  As this just wasn't designed to compete with a head intended for shooting.  Now in a field situation the head can be used under the front of the stock to give you additional support over a bipod!  


    • Q: Will the PH-170 NightHawk support an 85mm spotter?
    • A: The head is strong enough to handle the weight of a heavy spotter.  What you will notice is you will need to apply a lot of tension to the tilt axis to hold the spotter in place when you let go.  This means each time you want to move the optic you will need to slightly loosen the handle and retighten it once you have your intended target in view.  If you are simply setting up a spotter to get a better look at an object you spotted with your binos, this head is a great option.  If you are going to be glassing for hours with the spotter you may need to step up to a heavier duty tripod head to better handle the weight.