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8 Best Spotting Scope Window Mounts in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks

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SOLOMARK Deluxe Vehicles Car Mount

You’re ready to go, you have your tripod and your optic, and you’re set to enjoy some nature. However, where you want to be just isn’t feasible to get to outside of a vehicle and can’t find a great spot for your tripod? Well, that is where you pull out your window mount.

With so many out there though, it’s hard to find the right one for you.

It isn’t easy to figure out when you get overwhelmed, but we’ve set up a list of reviews to help you narrow down what you need.

From our top loved window mount to our value, there is bound to be a window mount to suit your every need.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Vortex Optics Car Window Mount Vortex Optics Car Window Mount
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Lightweight mount
  • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Gosky GOCM001 Window Mount Gosky GOCM001 Window Mount
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Durable material
  • Easy to use from the box
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount
  • Sturdy with different devices
  • 360 degrees of rotation
  • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
  • Nikon 7070 Window Mount Nikon 7070 Window Mount
  • Easily usable
  • Sturdy and build to last
  • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
  • SOLOMARK QHCA021 Window Mount SOLOMARK QHCA021 Window Mount
  • All metal body
  • Easily adjustable on both axis
  • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
  • The 8 Best Spotting Scope Window Mounts — Reviews 2022

    1. Vortex Optics Car Window Mount — Best Overall

    Vortex Optics Car Window Mount Black

    Coming in at our number one spot, we have the Vortex Optics car window mount. This lightweight mount is easy to store away in your vehicle without taking up too much space. The best part is there are no parts to put together, and no tiny screws to worry about. It is ready to use in seconds and quickly attaches and detaches to your window with ease. With the ability to swivel all the way around and up and down, you can get a perfect view of whatever you are searching for. The best feature is the pan hand bar with a twist lock allowing you to use one had to move the optic with ease.

    Pros
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Lightweight mount
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    • Durable material
    • Works with spotting scopes and binoculars
    Cons
    • Best for straight scopes
    • Cannot support a heavy camera

    2. Gosky GOCM001 Window Mount — Best Value

    Gosky Adjustable Vehicle Car Window Mount - Binocular Window Mount

    The Gosky window mount is our best value because it is one of the best spotting scope window mounts for the money on the market right now. Being fully metal it means it is durable and built to last. It makes it heavier than some of our other mounts, but it won’t buckle under the weight of your scope after a few uses. While a great value, this mount doesn’t swivel as smoothly as others. The handle is in an odd place when using it on a window, meaning it can’t swivel as easily as our best. If that isn’t something to stop you and you need a mount, then this is the best value for your money.

    Pros
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Durable material
    • Easy to use from the box
    • Adapters can be used
    • Works with spotting scopes, binoculars, and cameras
    Cons
    • Best for straight scopes
    • Pan handle is clunky

    3. Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount — Premium Choice

    Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount

    With our premium choice, we have the Vanguard PH-304. This window mount is on the more expensive end for a mount, but for good reason. This model can hold up to 8.8 pounds, meaning it can hold more than just your spotting scope. If you are looking for some amazing pictures without startling the animals, then this is it. It has a 360-degree rotation and a nearly 180-degree tilt range. The quick release plate makes switching between scopes and cameras take less time than other mounts. The downside is this mount is heavier and wider than others. There is more bulk to this mount, making it less than streamline and the extra weight could be the difference between using it and only using it a few times.

    Pros
    • Sturdy with different devices
    • 360 degrees of rotation
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    • Rebuttable company
    • Works with spotting scopes and binoculars
    Cons
    • Bulky design
    • Quick change plate takes getting used to

    4. Nikon 7070 Window Mount

    Nikon 7070 Binocular Window Mount

    With our fourth pick, we have one of the less expensive side. Nikon comes in with a window mount to that is suitable for all car types. The actual window mount hugs the window sturdily, meaning that there is little to no shake when using the mount. The pan handle makes it easy to change the location of your view. The pan head is removable and easy to attach and detach from your device. For the most part, the mount is made of study plastic, but there are very solid pieces made of metal making up the swivel components. The pan and tilt lock with a simple twist of the handle.

    Pros
    • Easily usable
    • Sturdy and build to last
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    • Twist lock on handle
    • Pan head is removable
    Cons
    • Horizontal axis is limited
    • Cannot support a heavy camera

    5. SOLOMARK QHCA021 Window Mount

    SOLOMARK Deluxe Vehicles Car Adjustable Window Mount

    Despite being on the value side of this list, this mount really shines with its simplicity. There is no identifying branding, meaning you there is a risk of buying. However, that risk is easily worth it because of the quality of this device. It is a sturdy, all metal body that attaches easily to any window thickness. The soft rubber on the inside means no window scratching and no slipping. The handle is best used for the horizontal axis, though it will work to adjust the vertical axis as well. Being a taller mount for the window, having the window as low as possible helps with viewing. This mount was made with heavier scopes in mind, meaning you won’t have to worry about weight.

    Pros
    • All metal body
    • Easily adjustable on both axis
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    • Works with spotting scopes, cameras, and other tripod adaptable accessories
    • Heavier optics supported
    Cons
    • Screws lose threads easy
    • Taller mount changing eye level view

    6. Bushnell 784405 Car Window Mount

    Bushnell 784405 Car Window Mount

    The Bushnell window mount is our sixth choice, but still a great option. This is one of the simplest models on this list, making it user friendly for all ages. It easily attaches to the window with ease, and you won’t have to worry about your windows being scratched up with this device. This mount easily pivots on the horizontal axis, making getting your shot easier than ever. With a panhandle, it allows you to have fluid movements without shaking. While it is heavier than other mounts on this list, it is built to last throughout the year and longer.

    Pros
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Easily useable for spotting scopes, binoculars, and cameras
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    Cons
    • Heavier than other mounts
    • Window grip is lacking

    7. BARSKA Car Window Mount

    BARSKA Car Window Mount

    At our number 7 spot we have the BARSKA which is an impressive addition to any hunter or bird watchers tool kit. It comes in at one of our more value priced items, which makes it perfect for those just getting into the hobby. This mount adjusts on both the vertical and horizontal axis making it easy to find the best view. The window mount that attaches to the window has soft, durable rubber, keeping it secure to your window without fear of falling. Coming it at under a pound, it is one of the lighter mounts on this list. Being lighter means everyone of any age can easily use this mount.

    Pros
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Lightweight mount
    • Panning mechanism making it easy to swivel
    • Works with spotting scopes and binoculars
    Cons
    • Best for straight scopes
    • Rough Finish

    8. Leupold Window Mount

    Leupold Window Mount

    The last window mount on this list is the Leupold. This mount is one of the slimmer models on this list and the only one to include a bubble level on the side. As well as a level, it has a guide on the bottom with the degree of rotation. Unlike other models, this does not have a pan handle to help tilt easier. There are nobs on the side that are small and compact that you can use. The pan head is detachable as well, making it easier to swap optics. It has a full 360-degree rotation with a ball joint swivel making movement seamless.

    Pros
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Lightweight mount
    • 360-degree rotation
    • Durable material
    • Works with spotting scopes and binoculars
    Cons
    • Grip on pan head is small
    • No pan handle for effortless movement

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    Buyer’s Guide

    What Makes a Good Window Mount?

    A window mount is not something you want to skimp out on. While going for the value saves you money, it doesn’t necessarily save you in the long run. You could easily end up having to replace it long before you would one from a brand that has been making mounts for years. Plus, these hold up your expensive scopes and cameras. You really don’t want to have your optic fall and break after spending hundreds on it, all because a cheap window mount couldn’t hold it.

    What it’s Made of Matters

    As you may have guessed, what the mount is made of is going to make a difference. The sturdier the material the better the mount is going to perform. There are two primary materials that these types of window mounts are made of, and those are plastic and metal.

    Plastic mounts are going to be lighter and easier to have all ages use. There is nothing wrong with a plastic mount, as they preform just as well as metal ones. The downside though is they are prone to cracking if tightened too much. As long as you don’t tighter your mount too much, the plastic will last a long while. Dropping the mount is another issue, as it could cause cracks or even breaking to happen.

    Metal mounts are going to be heavier, but you no longer risk the mount cracking from tightening too much. The downside to this is they do weight more and once you add the optic, it can be heavy for people. There is also the climate of the area. If it is too hot, the metal can heat enough to where it hurts to touch it. If this mount is dropped, it is less likely to break.

    The Grip

    The grip on the mount is by far one of the most important part of a window mount. What you need is rubber that grips the window to be sturdy, wide enough to fit the window in, and soft enough to cushion the window. Also factor in the fact that most windows now are curved. The square base will not allow you to hold on to the window unless you have enough room for it.

    There is also a tightening knob on most window mounts. Know the width of your windows before you buy a mount. There are some that have a thicker rubber insert that make the fit tighter. Some have had issue with the thicker rubber being too hard to get onto the window though. While others have found that thinner rubber inserts make for a loose fit.

    Weight Distribution

    All window mounts have a small to large platform where the optic will sit. In the middle is a screw that allows you to mount your optic and leave it hands free. There are many mounts on this list that have a large platform while many have a small narrow one. This platform sits on top of a ball joint most times, allowing it to move in a 360-degree rotation.

    Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount

    With the larger platforms the optic is supported, and the heavier cameras used to capture nature photography are also supported with ease. Smaller platforms are great for optics, but not for cameras. There just simply isn’t enough weight distribution on the smaller platforms to hold on to the heavier items.

    You Get What You Pay For

    With name brands, you know the typical outcome of what you are going to get. Name brands have been making these mounts for a long period and the quality is there. The name does come with a price tag though, but the tradeoff is knowing what you are getting. Now, you don’t have to buy an expensive mount to get the best option. What you need to do is balance the price and the durability of an item.

    If you buy a mount that is cheaply made, it will not be built to last more than a season. It is worth spending a more to get a better life out of your mount. Watch out for products that seem too good to be true. Often, if something seems that way, it is. A good quality mount will have the reviews behind it, and often a slightly more expensive price tag. All worth it at the end of the day to have an excellent view and know your optic will not be toppling over.

    Tips When Buying

    When going to buy a window mount you have to know what kind of area you are buying for. Not every window mount is going to be created equal for different areas. Here is a list of questions that you should ask yourself before you buy a mount for your optic:

    • What kind of climate are you going to be in?
    • How thick are your windows?
    • Are your windows more rounded or square?
    • Can you lift a heavier mount with the optic attached to it?
    • Is a quick attach mount head important to you or can you live without it?
    • How much rotation do you want in your mount?
    • Is a pan handle important?
    • Do you plan on using your mount for more than just an optic?
    • Do you plan on holding onto the mount the whole time?

    Vanguard PH-304 Window Mount , Black

    When it comes down to finding the right mount you have to know what you are going to do with it. Some mounts are great to use with all kinds of optics, as long as you have a way to attach it to the mount. While others are strictly for using an optic and not a camera at all.

    Knowing how much your optic weights will help you in the long run. If your optic is hefty, then you are going to want a sturdier mount that won’t budge until you move it.

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    Conclusion

    When it comes down to the winner of our tests, it is the Vortex Optics car window mount. This is by far the best window mount you can buy that will handle anything you toss at it. You won’t have to worry about your optics falling or slipping off. Even with the downside of not being able to support a camera by itself, it still shines at the top. The best value is Gosky window mount and a great one to get on a budget.

    Hopefully, we’ve made it easier to narrow down the list with our reviews. Finding the perfect window mount can be daunting, but we’ve done the hard work for you. It is now up to you to find what is going to for your adventuring lifestyle best.

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    About the Author Robert Sparks

    Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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