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The Vixen Mini PORTA mount with aluminum tripod is the little brother to the incredibly-popular PORTA mount, perhaps the finest altazimuth mount ever created. The Mini PORTA offers all of the operational ease of the full-size PORTA but in a smaller package which is even easier for traveling and is intended for small telescopes not exceeding 10 lbs (4.5kg). All-in with tripod and mount, Mini PORTA comes in at just six pounds!
Beyond the fine workmanship and ease of use, the PORTA's main trick is its dual movement. It features geared altazimuth movement as well as ungeared rapid movements, but you don't have to engage/disengage anything to switch from one to the other! When you want rapid movement, simply grasp the telescope's tube and move it where you like; the mount immediately accommodates your desire. When you get it pointing in the ballpark and want to refine its position, use the dual-axis geared slow-motion controls. You can easily customize the tension of the axes to match your scope via the included friction adjustment tools which neatly tuck away in the top of the mount. PORTA has gained a reputation as the only altazimuth mount to rely upon for high-magnification viewing that's free of annoying shaking.
Note: Dovetail plate not included.
Miniature version of PORTA mount for lighter applications
120-Tooth geared axes with quick-release free movement clutches
Exceptionally steady at high magnification
Accepts Vixen GP & SX series dovetail plates or #38011 universal plate for binoculars/cameras/spotting scopes
Tripod height range of 35.4-51.1" (90-130cm)
Included accessory tray
In the Box
Vixen Optics Mini PORTA Manual Altazimuth Telescope Mount w/ Tripod