About the Vixen A70Lf with Porta II Mount...
"When I first started in amateur astronomy, I did as most beginners and purchased a department store telescope that advertised the most power. (700x I believe) Unfortunately, again like most beginners, I found that the advertised power was impossible due to the size of the telescope and more importantly the lack of stability of the mount.
Time and again I speak to parents and children who tell me how frustrated they are that after finding Saturn in a beginner telescope they cant get a good view of the rings because the mount is too shaky or the telescope controls too difficult to adjust. I hear many tell me that they tried once many years ago and now the scope is sitting in a closet collecting dust!
The NEW Porta Mount II is an easy to use, light weight, stable mount. It has the vixen dove tail connection to easily attach your telescope and smooth friction bearing up-down / right-left hand controls.
If you are looking for the an affordable starting package, the Vixen A70Lf with Porta Mount II is the one. This package combines sharp optics and a rock solid, light weight mount. It takes just seconds to place the telescope on the mount and you are ready for an evening of observing." --Mr. StarGuy
Vixen A70Lf with Porta II Mount Features...
- Vixen A70Lf 70mm f/12.9 telescope.
- A smaller 6 power finder telescope that attaches to the main scope to help you center the object.
- A 20mm eyepiece for general viewing.
- A 6.3mm eyepiece for those really clear nights for high power viewing.
- A diagonal Prism that connects the eyepiece to the telescope.
- A Dew / Sun shield.
- Complete tube rings and dovetail plate to quickly attach the A70Lf to the Vixen Porta II mount.
- Porta II Mount with locking extension legs, accessory tray, flexible handle slow motion control, adjustment tool set, and removable mount head.
Vixen A70Lf with Porta II Mount Specifications...
Optical Design: Achromatic Refractor
Focal Length: 900mm
Focal Ratio: f/12.9
Coating: Multi Coating
Resolving Power: 1.66 arc sec
Limiting Magnitude: 11.0
Light Gathering Power: 100x
Finder Scope: 6x24mm Finder; Field of View 5 deg
Adapter Thread: 42mm/ For T-Ring
Visual Back: 31.7mm Push Fit
Optical Tube Length: 33.8" (860mm)
Optical Tube Diameter: 3" (76mm)
Optical Tube Weight: 4.2 lb
Mount: Port II Altazimuth Mount
Tripod: Aluminum 2 section adjustable; 90cm to 13cm
Mount Weight: 15 lb including tripod
Load Capacity: 20 lbs
Vertical and Horizontal Slow Motion: 120 Tooth Wheel Gears whole circle movement; Friction control system
Telescope Attachment: Dove Tail Plate
Accessories: Flexible Slow Motion Handles (2), PL20mm; PL6.3mm; 31.7mm Erect Image DiagonalVixen Optics Product Number: 39951