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Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount

Item# VIX220
 
3.5

(6 Ratings)

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The Vixen Mini-Porta comes equipped with two fine adjustment handles for whole circle slow motion in both directions, very useful in searching and tracking celestial objects.  In addition, these are great mounts for terrestrial viewing.  The gear drive make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or ship on the horizon by simply turning the elevation and or azimuth control handles.  The "World-Standard" dovetail attachment system on PORTA was developed by Vixen.  This allows the mini-porta mount to accept various dovetail mounted optical tubes.  Load capacity 10lbs.  Tripod is aluminum with 2 sections.  Adjustable from 35.4 inches to 51 inches


CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
3992mini

Dimensions & Specifications

Type

Alt-Azimuth Mounts

Brand

Vixen

Telescope Accessories Series

Vixen Telescope Mounts

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Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount
 
3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

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    4.0

    thumb screws keep unscrewing

    By Harry

    from COLUMBIA,MD

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Fit

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount:

    The adjusting handles keep falling off the pins if you dont tighten the thumb screws with a wrench. Also you have to take off the accessory tray in order to colapse the legs. Other than that it works great.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Vixen Mini Porta Mount

    By Terrynak

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount:

          This was shipped super fast - ordered it on a Thursday morning, shipped later that day, then promptly received it on Friday! I tested this mount on my Orion ST80-A refractor. This scope is about 3.5 lbs. and the Mini Porta handles it well. Pros are its light-weight and smooth alt-az movements. Cons are the long slow motion handles (not short like the ones shown in the manual), which cannot be secured to the mount tightly and have a tendency to fall off. Fortunately, the mount was on sale at Telescopes.com ([$]).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So far so good.

          By JayJ

          from Putnam, NY

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction
          • Widely Compatible Adapter

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Terrestrial Viewing

            Comments about Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount:

            Wonderful item!
            The slow motion control cables received were much longer than was shown, both in the instructional manual and the advertised details. Hope that Vixen replies to my e-mail and replaces the motion controls with the correct sized ones for this tripod. Then it will be A perfect Purchase!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Solid, but some issues

            By Hosebag

            from Upstate New York

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Lightweight
            • Stable

            Cons

            • Eyepiece tray useless
            • Slo-mo handles not secure

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Travel

            Comments about Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount:

            I use this mount to take with me on vacations to use with an Orion ShortTube 80 scope for Astronomy. I needed something lightweight and stable, handling magnifications up to about 150x without excessive vibration.

            Fundamentally, it's a decent mount and covers my needs well. But the attention to detail is lacking and I'm surprised with that from a company like Vixen.

            The Slow Motion controls work smoothly, but the handles just push onto the gear shafts and don't hold well. I found they were frequently falling off. I'd drill holes and add thumbscrews to secure them, but the handles are just made of plastic and would not hold threads well. So I'll have to be purchasing some 3rd party slo-mo cables.

            The Slow Motion controls also have a fair amount of play in them, allowing nearly 1/4 turn before things move. This is more of an annoyance than anything, but I ended up adjusting the gears to reduce the play.

            The eyepiece tray is a joke and will also have to be replaced. It has 6 eyepiece holes, but 3 are for 0.96" eyepieces. The other 3 are very close to the edge and half of my eyepieces will not fit. Also, the screw in the bottom of the tray is molded in at an angle. When you attach the tray, it sits at a noticeable angle from horizontal. And finally, the plastic molding process left plastic riding up onto the thread of the screw so you can't screw it in all the way.

            The spreader is made of plastic and seems kind of flimsy too. I'll need to be careful that doesn't get broken!

            Lots of minor complaints, but again, it IS a good stable mount that's lightweight enough to carry along anywhere.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Little Mount

            By colorado14er

            from Lewiston, NY

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easily Adjusted
            • Good Footing
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

            • A touch light

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Vixen Mini Porta Telescope Mount:

            I purchased this mount a couple of weeks ago. I put on flexible slow-motion cables right off. The plastic ones are a little loose, (would be perfect if they had metal tubes with set screws). Accessories tray came with fixed center screw off-center, (cut out and replaced with longer screw).

            Now for the better. I wouldn't recommend anything heavier than my WO 66SD with 2" diagonal. The legs, although they look rather light, provide adequate support.

            Now for the best. The slow-motion controls are a dream come true for a small mount. Tools provided allow for fine tuning the adjustment, and they seem to be holding extremely well. The machine work on the altaz mount is flawless. I can leave my telescope mounted and be outside in less than a minute.

            If you are looking for a light mount, this is the one, if your scope is not too heavy and you are willing to make a few modifications. I was a machinist for several years, and I feel the price is not outrageously high for the quality of the mount itself.

            Last reminder, if you have a heavy telescope (over five pounds) get the larger Porta Mount.

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