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I'm not sure if I'm in the right section but I couldn't find anything in the other sub-forums. What type of window mount do most of you use - ball type or 2-way axis? I've got a new Sandpiper coming and I don't trust my old Tasco mount but I do like it's 2-way pan except the tightening handlle is too long. Seems like the new trend is the ball type but how well do they work as a window mount? I've got a ball mount on a tripod for my Moultrie trail cam and the cam flops in every direction when I loosen it - will a spotting scope be more stable? Once the scope gets set, I would think panning horizontal would be the direction most used. Thanks.
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2-way axis. The window of a vehicle is not the most stable mounting point to begin with.  A ball mount works better when it is used with a camera because the camera frame needs to be level. On a spoting scope this will not be as important of an objective. The ball mount tripods have not provided as stable of a base as a locking axis for me.
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