The Vixen Mini Porta Mount comes equipped with two fine adjustment handles for whole circle slow motion in both directions - a necessity when searching for and tracking celestial objects. In addition, the Vixen Mini Porta is a great mount for terrestrial viewing, too. Its gear drives make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or a ship on the horizon by just turning the elevation and/or azimuth control handles.
Vixen Mini Porta Mount
The Porta in this Vixen mount's name stands for "portability"... and with good reason. It weighs only 6 pounds - yet will support a payload of eight. The “World-Standard” dovetail attachment system on Porta was developed by Vixen. This allows the Vixen Mini-Porta Mount to accept various dovetail mounted optical tubes and binoculars - making it a splendid travel companion for hikers, birdwatchers, traveling astronomers and more!
"For so many years the beginning astronomer was forced to buy a mount that was unstable and almost useless when viewing at high power. More often than not, the frustration of using an unstable mount resulted in the telescope only being used for one night and being left in a closet to collect dust. The Porta mount changes all that. It is one of Vixen's proudest designs. The combination of smooth movement, rigid design and stable platform makes your first use a pleasure and will bring you back to view more and more of the night sky." -- Mr. StarGuy
Words on the Vixen Mini Porta Mount
Vixen Mini Porta Mount Features
- Dovetail plate attachment system.
- 120 tooth wheel gears whole circle movement.
- Aluminum 2 section adjustable tripod.
- Tripod legs adjustable from 90cm to 130cm.
- Elevation and or azimuth control handles.
- Accessory tray included.
- Additional Information
SKU VX-3992MINI Head Design Alt-Azimuth Tripod or Pier Included? Yes GPS Included? No Electronics Included None/ Manual Manufacturer Vixen Warranty 5 Year Warranty Hand Controller Included None - None Available # of Counterweights Included 0 Objects in Database N/A Saddle Width V Series Weight Capacity 10 lbs. Leg Length 27.6" - 50.4" Accessory Tray Included? Yes Material Aluminum Power Supply Included None - Does Not Require Power Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth Latitude Range Not supplied by manufacturer Weight of Tripod/Monopod 10 lbs. Weight of Head Not supplied by manufacturer
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
- Good for small refractors
Pros: very lightweight and portable which is why you buy this mount vs it's heavier counterparts, acceptably stable for small refractors (I use a SV80ED carbon fiber with 1.25 inch ep's up to about 125x, smooth operation, pretty good construction except for plastic control knobs.
Cons: plastic control knobs are a joke but you can buy suitable flexible control knobs for under 20 bucks for a pair if you look around. One knob broke the first night out. EP tray attaches fine but does not have slots for 2 inch ep's if you want that. I don't like tripped ep trays so no big deal to me.
Overall, I'm pleased with the mount as an ultra portable set up but count on replacing the control knobs. My refractor is very light though. Larger scopes than 80mm or even a heavier 80mm with 2 inch ep's are probably not good at o er 50x.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- MINI MOUNT W/MAXI PRICE
I searched for reviews on this mount before buying. The only concern expressed was the slow motions knobs. In my opinion Vixen has a 5 star mount and they only deserve 2 stars. Here’s why:
The mount is Light and easy to use. Flexible head can be adjusted to accommodate multiple angles to your comfort. A feature I didn’t read about and should be advertised.
The tools are hidden in a compartment (with use of magnets very neat. It’s sturdy and easily supports a light-weight instrument. Overall quality is great, uses components that can be replaced.
Here’s the missing part of the mount that would make it a 5 star:
1 Price- It’s on the expensive side. The mount should be priced “as is” at around $100.
2 In talking to the Vixen Rep the day of purchase, I asked him why the cheap slow motion handles, he advised they needed to cut costs to make the scope affordable. Vixen sells the slow motion handles @ 24.95 each at the time of this review. I checked the internet and discovered most of the cheaper competitors offer the slow motion handles (cables on their systems. I was puzzled if the cables are so expensive that Vixen is willing to put extremely cheap looking handles on their high quality mount they have to lose one star for this. And to make you buy them is even worse when their cheaper competitors offer it included. I’m disappointed Vixen appears to be gauging their customers.
3 Confusing information about how much weight this scope will handle. This is very important to know so you can make an informed decision. I still don’t know how much it will handle. OPT’s web site states 8 pounds Vixen’s web site 10 lbs & the owners manual is written at 6.6 lbs. I tend to believe the owners manual my scope is almost 6 lbs so being at the max end of the weight scale made me concerned. Vixen needs to make this clear.
4 On the Vixen web-site is shows the scope has a five year warranty. Yet, there’s no registration card or written documentation about the warranty. Only what’s on the site which of course can be easily removed.
5 While the overall quality is very good Vixen did put rivets on parts of the scope. I’m not sure why they did this when they went 90% of the way with replaceable screws and bolts. Also the ends of the legs have very cheap plastic pegs.
Vixen can make this a 5 star
Communicate accurately the mounts capabilities. Include quality components 100% through-out the mount. Put in writing 5 year warranty.
Otherwise lower the price!!
I purchased this scope 11/22/08 @ OPT $192.98 (including tax
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Included Items
- Vixen Mini Porta Mount
- Slow Motion Control Handles
- Aluminum Tripod
- Accessory Tray
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsWhat is the weight of the head, and what is the weight of the tripod? Can the head and the tripod be put into a backpack? I'm looking for a grab-and-go mount and scope. Thanks!Question by: Thomas Fowler on Aug 22, 2016 12:01:00 PMThe head weighs approximately 3 lbs and the tripod is approximately 7 lbs. The tripod is too long to fit inside most backpacks (28" minimum length plus the head), but it can be strapped outside where you would normally attach a photo tripod. Most larger photo backpacks have cinch straps for carrying a tripod on the outside.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Aug 23, 2016 10:18:00 AM
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