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The Vixen Optics A70Lf with Mini Porta Mount is an appropriate choice for those beginning in astronomy, or anyone whom just wants a quality 'grab and go' scope for quick observing and easy travelling. This will work great for either celestial or terrestrial applications, especially if you spring for the optional #8791 45° erect image diagonaler. With Vixen, you should always expect exceptional quality.
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 fullsize PORTA but in a smaller package which is even easier for travelling and is intended for small telescopes such as the A70Lf. Beyond the workmanship you just don't see at this price, 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.
As an achromatic refractor, the A70Lf is capable of rendering high resolution planetary and lunar images. With this combo, you can also make images of brighter objects by adding your camera system's specific T-mount adapter.
Small, economical telescope & mount combo
Directly accepts SLR cameras (with appropriate camera system T-mount)
Included dew shield/lens hood
Mini PORTA mount is fast and easy for land or sky
In the Box
Vixen Optics A70Lf 2.8"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit with Mini Porta Mount