Vixen A70Lf Refractor Telescope with Mini Porta MountItem#: HN-VIX033
When I first started in amateur astronomy, I did as most beginners and purchased a department store telescope that advertised the most power. (700x I believe) Unfortunately, again like most beginners, I found that the advertised power was impossible due to the size of the telescope and more importantly the lack of stability of the mount.
Time and again I speak to parents and children who tell me how frustrated they are that after finding Saturn in a beginner telescope they can’t get a good view of the rings because the mount is too shaky or the telescope controls too difficult to adjust. I hear many tell me that they tried once many years ago and now the scope is sitting in a closet collecting dust!
Well it is Vixen Optics to the rescue! The NEW Mini Porta Mount is an easy to use, light weight, stable mount. It has the vixen dove tail connection to easily attach your telescope and smooth friction bearing up-down / right-left hand controls.
If you are looking for the most affordable starting package, the A70Lf with Mini Porta Mount is the one. This package combines sharp optics and a rock solid, light weight mount. It takes just seconds to place the telescope on the mount and you are ready for an evening of observing.
The A70lf / Mini-Porta Package is complete with:
- Vixen A70Lf 70mm f/12.9 telescope.
- A smaller 6 power finder telescope that attaches to the main scope to help you center the object.
- A 20mm eyepiece for general viewing.
- A 6.3mm eyepiece for those really clear nights for high power viewing.
- A diagonal Prism that connects the eyepiece to the telescope.
- A Dew / Sun shield.
- Complete tube rings and dovetail plate to quickly attach the A70Lf to the Vixen Mini Porta mount.
- Mini Porta Mount with locking extension legs, accessory tray, slow motion controls and adjustment tool set.
Dimensions & Specifications
Highest Useful Magnification
Mini Porta Mount
Objective Lens Size Code
Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
Vixen A70Lf Refractor Telescopes
For the Beginner
Weight Optical Tube
- This top seller has excellent customer reviews
- 4mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, and 32mm Plossl Eyepieces
- 2x Achromatic Barlow Lens
- Yellow, Orange, Light Red, Green, Light Blue Filters
- Also includes a polarizing filter and CrystalView Moon filter
Your map to locate objects in the night sky
- Front cover features rotating planisphere picture
- Lists over 1,000 stars
- Tracks path of stars and other celestial objects
- Companion tool for Celestron telescopes
Zhumell Filters can bring much more into your view!
- Set includes Yellow, Blue, Orange filters
- Neutral Density Moon Filter
- 1.25 Inch Format
- Can be stacked for using multiple filters
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- Quality Lenses
- Strong Construction
- Difficult To Focus
Comments about Vixen A70Lf Refractor Telescope with Mini Porta Mount:
I bought this scope package after using binoculars and researching for 6 months. Although there are scopes that do more for less, the reviews and claims are all pretty accurate and it is a good first scope.
The optics are very clear, I was able to see the Orion Nebula clearly, the Moon looks awesome, Saturn and Mars are visible(big spheres but not a lot of detail), and I was able to see Jupiter and four of it's moons clearly. The deep sky objects are harder but I'm confident that with the right conditions the scope will come through.
With the scope balanced right, the alt-azimuth mount & tripod is easy to use and pretty smooth. The handles are a tad rough but moving the scope by holding the tube is very smooth. Just be sure not to move it by any parts or areas that are fragile. It doesn't stay exactly where you leave it when you let you go after moving it by hand but it's pretty close.
The two eyepieces it comes with are nice and seemingly a good range, my only complaint is the focuser. It is pretty rough and is hard to dial in. The image bounces around a lot while focusing, even when moving a slowly and gently as possible.You, have to adjust, wait for the image to stop, see if the focus is better, then try again. But, once you get it into focus, it looks really good.
This scope has been good for continuing to learn navigating the stars. And, since the Vixen dovetail joint is fairly standard, I should be able to keep using the tube and the tripod/mount even after I get other scopes.
I am a total astronomy amateur but have been very happy so far. I wouldn't recommend it for small children or for anyone that has never spent time learning the night sky. I'm pretty new but was able to get it setup and find my way around the sky pretty quickly.