Vixen Porta II Mount with Train and Track Motors

Vixen Porta II Mount with Train and Track Motors
$599.00
Item # VX-5863M
  • This Vixen Porta II Mount has a payload capacity of 15 lbs.
  • Includes Vixen's Train and Track Motor Drive System.
  • The mount head on this Vixen Porta II Mount is easily removed to allow for a switch to a heavier tripod.
  • Features Slow Motion Flexible Handles to minimize vibrations and keep your view sharp.
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Vixen Porta II Mount with Train and Track Motors

The Porta II is a solid alt-az mount with a 15 lb payload capacity and features Slow Motion Flexible Handles to minimize vibrations and keep your view sharp. This is very useful in searching and tracking celestial objects. The Sky at Night says: "When moving the telescope around the sky with this mount, we found any vibrations quickly dampened down. The whole system was very stable, even when the tripod was at its maximum extended height." The mount head is easily removed to allow for a switch to a heavier tripod. In addition, this is a great mount for terrestrial viewing. With no locks or clutches, the gear drives make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or a ship on the horizon by turning the elevation and/or azimuth control handles. The "World-Standard” dovetail attachment system on the Porta II was developed by Vixen. This allows the Porta II to accept various dovetail mounted optical tubes and binoculars.

Vixen Porta II Mount with Train and Track Motors Features...

  • Tripod: Aluminum 2-section adjustable, 13cm to 90cm.
  • Mount Weight: 15 lbs including tripod.
  • Load Capacity: 15 lbs.
  • Vertical and Horizontal Slow Motion: 120 Tooth Wheel Gears with whole circle movement. Friction control system.
  • Dovetail Attachment System.
  • Flexible Slow Motion Handles.

Vixen Product Number: 5863M

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU VX-5863M
Head Design Alt-Azimuth
Tripod or Pier Included? Yes
GPS Included? No
Electronics Included Motorized - Dual Drive
Manufacturer Vixen
Warranty 5 Year Warranty
# of Counterweights Included 0
Weight of Counterweights N/A
Objects in Database N/A
Saddle Width V Series
Weight Capacity 15 lbs.
Leg Length 5.1 - 35.4 inches
Accessory Tray Included? Yes
Material Aluminum
Power Supply Included DC Battery Adapter
Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth
Latitude Range Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Weight of Tripod/Monopod Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Weight of Head Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Reviews

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

TNT or Slo-mo, not both.
This is my second Porta II. Thought I would try this one because of the JMI (*Not* Vixen) Train-N-Track and I do a lot of high power lunar/planetary viewing. The ad copy is misleading in that one can use either the cable slow motion controls or the TNT. The cables cannot overcome the motor. I tried to see how much force would be required to over come the motors and ended up breaking both cables. So, if one wishes to use the cable slow motion controls they must first remove the TNT. Hardly convenient. More like a major design flaw.

The cables themselves work very well as I know from experience, although personally, I prefer the metal rod versions as the response is immediate since one doesn't have to wait for the "twist" to tighten up enough to turn the drive shaft.

As for weight capacity, it works well with short tube refractors and the VMC110L it is usually paired with. The longer the tube the lower the total weight it can carry but this is true regardless of mount due to arm moment. I currently have a Meade ETX-125 tube attached and it is pushing the mount's capacity even though it's a short tube and with Orion 6x30 RACI finder and base plus 40mm eyepiece only weighs 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Without the JMI Track N Train I would give it four stars. In My opinion, the TNT is detrimental to an otherwise very good mount.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by HughP / (Posted on 6/5/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Vixen Porta II Mount
  • Train and Track Motor Drive System
  • Two Section Adjustable Aluminum Tripod
  • Flexible Slow Motion Handles
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Hello, will this accept a NexStar8SE and all the related accessories such as finderscope, eyepieces and the occasional .5 LB DSLR?
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hello, im concern about your Vixen Porta II Mount because i have celestron omni xlt152r and i donĀ“t know the weight capacity for my telescope, i need around 30lb. can you tellme if your product can load my telescope? thank you
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