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    Favorite Spotter Window Mount

    After with messing with a piece of junk Bushnell window mount for way too many years, I thought there had to be a better way. I finally paired up a Manfrotto 3292 window clamp, with a Manfrotto 3130 pan head and got a super smooth rugged window mount. If I remember correctly, they just screwed together. If you are using a Swarovski spotting scope, no adapter is needed, the mounting foot will clamp right in. This has been a huge help, particularly when using a spotter for antelope in Wyoming. I thought I would share this with you guys if you are looking for something better. If you also have something that's worked well for you, please share it on here.

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    Very cool man. I was looking for my first window mount this past week at our local outdoor store. They had several. Vortex I believe. Swaro for sure. It was $99. And several others. What would this set up run, and would you recommend it for a rookie that DOESN'T have a Swaro spotter?
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    I put this together a few years ago by shopping eBay for used parts. It looks like today you could get the Manfrotto 3292 for like $35 and the Manfrotto 3130 pan head for around $85, so $120 for everything. I looked for years and never found anything even close to this for quality with a smooth pan head. It is built like a tank. Also the pan head has a quick detach lever to remove your scope in a hurry.

    The Swarovski window mounts I have seen are a compact ball head. For most game glassing I far prefer a pan head. The Swarovski is smaller and lighter if that is what you are looking for. I had two of them (came with spotters) and never really cared for them.

    This set-up would probably last you a lifetime and should resell well if you went another direction.
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    Thanks for the response. And thanks for looking at current pricing. I assumed you had put this together more recently and had an "off the top of your head" price. I could have looked it up myself as you gave us the part numbers. Sorry for being lazy!!! The Swaro looked cheap to be honest. Yours looks like it belongs on a MRAP vehicle haha.
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    Nothing fancy, but I got one on Amazon for I think around 20.00 or so. It's a alpine I'm a rookie also, but it had good reviews so I took a chance, seems to work good for me, granted I won't use it a whole lot.

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    I use the cabelas outfitter series. It's the same quick connect as the vanguard alta series. Works great.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat103925880

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    Seems my biggest problem is finding tri pods and window mounts that all use the same plates. Just doesn't seem available. I would like to have a tripod for my pack, standing, and window mount that I can have the same plates connected to all my equipment and be able to connect from one devise to the other without changing plates.

    I have a crappy Bushnell windo mount but it does the job for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Seems my biggest problem is finding tri pods and window mounts that all use the same plates. Just doesn't seem available. I would like to have a tripod for my pack, standing, and window mount that I can have the same plates connected to all my equipment and be able to connect from one devise to the other without changing plates.

    I have a crappy Bushnell windo mount but it does the job for now.
    The Cabelas outfitter series window mount is the same quick connect as the Vanguard alta series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Seems my biggest problem is finding tri pods and window mounts that all use the same plates. Just doesn't seem available. I would like to have a tripod for my pack, standing, and window mount that I can have the same plates connected to all my equipment and be able to connect from one devise to the other without changing plates.

    I have a crappy Bushnell windo mount but it does the job for now.
    One thing I love about Swarovski's is that the foot fits in specific Manfrotto bases with no adapter plate needed. I am never messing with adapter plates coming loose and always have a secure connection. My 65 mm Swaro spotter goes right into my window mount and my tripod with no plate. On my 85 mm Vortex Razor I use the adapter plate that adapts it to the same Manfrotto heads.
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    I have a decent pan head that I use on my tripod and window clamp. It only takes a couple of seconds to unscrew the head from the tripod or window clamp. I'd like to have two, but like ilikeitcold touched on, it sucks to have to switch out the shoes all the time and most of us probably have some older pan heads that aren't a universal fit to the new shoe sizes.

 

 

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