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Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles

Item # HN-VIX270

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Brand
Vixen
Telescope Accessories Series
Vixen Telescope Mounts
Type
Alt-Azimuth Mounts

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  • Vertical/Horizontal Motion
  • 120 Tooth wheel gears
  • Whole circle movement
  • Dovetail Plate attachment system
  • Maximum Load Weight - 20 lbs
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Vixen PORTA II Altazimuth Mount with Flex Handles
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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      • Astronomy (3)
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good product with some small issues.

      By David J

      from FAIRVIEW,PA

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      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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like my Vixen Porta II

          By Tim

          from Eastern Iowa

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          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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            (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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