My advice is to keep an eye on craigslist for a good carbon fiber tripod. I bought a brand new Manfrotto off a photographer for about 100 bucks that retailed for about 250 at the time. For the heads I bought the outdorrsmans, also bought the bino adapter and outdoorsmans window mount. If you are planning to glass using multiple platforms and optics my recomendation is to buy all from the same company. I liked some of the manfrotto heads but did not like the bino adapter or window mount. The outdoorsmans stuff seemed the best for me across the range.

It's all personal preference but the possibility of dealing with adapter plates because I pieced stuff together from other companies was a not desirable for me.