Vixen Optics Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount

Vixen Optics Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount

Vixen Optics Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount

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Vixen Optics Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount

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Product Highlights

  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate
  • 20 lb Payload Capacity
  • Flexible Slow Motion Cables
  • Alt-Azimuth Worm-Gear Tension Adjustment
  • Adjusts 40-67"
  • For Terrestrial / Astronomical Use
  • No Locks or Clutches
  • 2-Section Tall Aluminum Tripod
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Tripod Legs: Tall

Standard Tall

Controller Type: Cables

Cables Knobs

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Vixen Optics 5863TALL+ overview

  • 1Description

Vixen Optics redesigned their tripod for this version of the Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount to give it a higher 67" maximum height for use with refractor-style optical tube assemblies (OTAs) or for taller people who don't want to hunch, while maintaining the sturdy and stable alt-azimuth head that is easy to set up, use, and transport. With its standard Vixen dovetail plate and 20 lb payload capacity, you can attach Vixen and many non-Vixen OTAs or bring multiple OTAs for a viewing session and simply and quickly swap them to suit the subject. This most basic of mounts is ideally suited for quick astronomical or terrestrial viewing. Dual flexible cables control the two axis, reducing the amount of vibration while tracking. Its two 120-tooth worm gears let the altitude and azimuth travel a full 360° circle.

The Porta II operates without locks and clutches, but rather with a friction system. This means you can simply move the mount by hand to quickly find your subject, then use the slow-motion cables to track. Since many different OTAs can be mounted, there are adjustment screws on each axis to add more or less tension, based on the weight of the OTA. Also, depending on the design of the OTA, you can change the orientation of the flexible handle position to be correctly oriented for comfortable use.

An aluminum two-section tripod comes with the mount. It has a height-adjustment range from 40 to 51 inches. A solid center bolt lets the mount also turn a full circle and makes the mount easily detachable from the tripod to mount on heavier tripods.

UPC: 811971018501
In the Box
Vixen Optics Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Allen Wrench Tool Set
  • 2 x Flexible Tracking Handles
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Vixen Optics 5863TALL+ specs

    Mount Type Alt-azimuth
    Load Capacity 20 lb (9 kg)
    Height 40-67" / 102-170 cm
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 120-tooth, 360°-movement wheel gears
    Includes Tripod/Pier Aluminum 2-section adjustable tripod
    Weight 15 lb (6.8 kg), including tripod
    Packaging Infosefteartfabcewyaucaebdra
    Package Weight 8.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.2 x 10.4 x 8.5"

    Vixen Optics 5863TALL+ reviews

    Porta II Tall+ Alt-Azimuth Mount is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A game changer compared to a panning camera tripod. Couldn't afford a tracking set-up. The Vixen Optics Porta II Tall competently meets my requirements. It is stable and gets short (if you like to sit) and tall (if you like to stand). I mounted a Lunt LX80 (8.8 lbs) onto dovetail and turned / tilted the whole setup until the sun was in the view finder. Then the alt-azimuth cables smoothly kept our star centered. One reviewer said the cables 'fall off' once or twice per viewing session...she was right. No matter how tight I secured the locking screw on the handle, the cables simply fell to the ground. I fixed the issue by winding a strand of the stretchy glue-like 'stuff' that magazines use to attach the address label to the magazine or product adds. Lock Tight would work better but removing the cables later may then become an issue. I simply stretched out an inch or less and wound the glue around the threads from the bottom 1/3 toward the head. Based on the leg extension locks (plastic??), I wouldn't put a payload much over 10 to 12 pounds. All-in-all I'm happy!
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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