I figure the full stand is more verstile.
Not only more versitile but stabile on higher magnification. There are many choices from just a good camera tripod to a sturdier serveyor's tripod. Won't be surprised if you wind up with two. I converted my surveyor type tri-pod that I got at Home Depot. Not all that handy but once you set it up, it stays and not easily knocked over. Mu lighter one is an old camera style and it's fairly heavy. Another fella I know, uses his telescope tripod. I do not think you will lack choices.
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