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Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles

Item# VIX270
 
5.0

(4 Ratings)

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  • Vertical/Horizontal Motion
  • 120 Tooth wheel gears
  • Whole circle movement
  • Dovetail Plate attachment system
  • Maximum Load Weight - 20 lbs
  • Weight - 15 lbs
  • Tripod is aluminum 2 section
  • Adjustable from 35.4 to 51.2 inches
  • Five Year Warranty
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Description

The Porta II is a solid altimazimuth mount with a 20lb payload capacity, features Slow Motion Flexible Handles to minimize vibrations and keep your view sharp,very useful in searching and tracking celestial objects. The mount head is easily removed to allow for a switch to a heavier tripod.  In addition, this is a great mount for terrestrial viewing. Our gear drives make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or a ship on the horizon by turning the elevation and or azimuth control handles. The “World-Standard” dovetail attachment system on PORTA was developed by Vixen. This allows the PORTA to accept various dovetail mounted optical tubes and binoculars. Five Year Warranty.

New features on the Porta II Mount:

  • 1 Bolt Standardized for easy Tripod change
  • Flexible Handles
  • Accessory Tray

Standard Features:

  • Slow Motion in both Axis
  • No Locks or Clutches
  • Easy Grab and Go
  • Lightweight
  • Rock Solid

"For so many years the beginning astronomer was forced to buy a mount that was unstable and almost useless when viewing at high power. More often than not, the frustration of using an unstable mount resulted in the telescope only being used for one night and being left in a closet to collect dust. The Porta mount changed all that. It is one of Vixen's proudest designs. The combination of smooth movement, rigid design and stable platform makes your first use a pleasure and will bring you back to view more and more of the night sky. The Universe Today says "The PortaMount II is quality through and through, it's not going to just fall apart on you and it would be oh-so-easy to adapt any number of other right to it just as easily as the R130Sf went into place."

Supplier Sku:
5863
Shipping Restrictions:
Ships to most international destinations, APOs, and FPOs.

Dimensions & Specifications

Type

Alt-Azimuth Mounts

Brand

Vixen

Telescope Accessories Series

Vixen Telescope Mounts

Documentation

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Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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      5.0

      Good product with some small issues.

      By David J

      from FAIRVIEW,PA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor Fit

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography
      • Terrestrial Viewing

      Comments about Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles:

      The Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount is a very good product. It is very sturdy and well thought-out. The only negative comment is regarding the flex handles. The holes in the end of the flex handles fit on a shaft on the mount. The holes are too large for the shaft and the slop in the fit causes them to work loose very quickly. A little bit of Gorilla tape on the shaft took up the slop. Another issue is that the set-screws that hold the flex handles on the base shafts are too long. In some positions they hit the base components while the shaft is rotating and limit the amount of adjustment. Also, the knurled screw heads are hard to grip. I intend to replace them with shorter hex-head screws that allow full rotation of the shaft in more positions and are easier to tighten. Those are small, easily fixed problems that Vixen should deal with. I think the screws are metric 4mm fine thread. They have 7mm of thread length and the head is 6mm long. The thread should be 4.5mm and the head about 4mm long.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Awesome after a couple tweaks

      By et

      from atlanta

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles:

          The knobs have screws that are to small to tighten properly so they fall off often. 2 ways to fix this 1 use some pliers to tighten the tiny screws, or what I did, replace the screws with sockethead screws and add a 3rd wrench under the black flap.

          Didn't like the dovetail holder screw digging into dovetails so I replaced the entire saddle with a ADM saddle. Had to made a custom adapter to mount it.

          Cut a few holes in the tray for 1.25 eyepieces.

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          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like my Vixen Porta II

          By Tim

          from Eastern Iowa

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • Strong Construction
          • Very quick setup

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Travel

            Comments about Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles:

            This mount is a great grab-and-go for my 80mm refractor and 6 inch SCT. It is light weight, sturdy and very portable. I really like the fine adjustment knobs/cables. The only thing I don't like is that the friction adjustment for alt and az requires the use of hex keys rather than just knobs. The hex keys are included however, and cleverly stored under a rubber flap on the mount. Overall, its a great mount for travel or quick set-up observing sessions.

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            • No

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great grab and go mount.

            By just me

            from seattle

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easily Adjusted
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles:

              Great mount for a grab and go telescope

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