About the Vixen A70Lf w/ Mini Porta 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 can''t 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!
Well it is Vixen Optics to the rescue! The Vixen Mini Porta Mount 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 most affordable starting package, the Vixen A70Lf with Mini Porta Mount 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.
My very first telescope was a 70mm (2.8"). With this size aperture you will, as I did, be on your way to discovering the craters and mountains on our moon, the rings around Saturn and the storms on Jupiter. With a star chart you will find beautiful double stars of varying colors, and on moonless nights, you will see the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula and hundreds of other Deep Sky objects. Use for terrestrial viewing to spot those far off ships or nesting birds. The Vixen A70Lf Refractor, although inexpensive, is not a toy telescope. It has the same quality glass and exacting workmanship that goes into our much larger instruments. I hope youll find it as enjoyable as I did as you begin this great adventure we call amateur astronomy." Clear Skies, Mr. StarGuy
The Vixen A70Lf is an Achromatic Refractor with 70mm (2.8") of aperture. Its focal length is 900mm (3 ft.) with an f ratio of 12.9. This lightweight telescope has a maximum magnifying power of 143x and reaches a limiting visual magnitude of 11. Its light gathering is 100 times better than the human eye and has a maximum (realistic) power of 143X. The A70Lf Refractor weighs about 4 lbs and is covered by Vixen'''s 5 Year Warranty.
Vixen A70Lf w/ Mini Porta Mount Features...
- The Mini Porta Mount is an easy to use, light weight, stable mount
- Smooth friction bearing up-down / right-left hand controls
- Vixen dove tail connection to easily attach your telescope
- The A70Lf Refractor, although inexpensive, is not a toy telescope
- Great for both terrestrial and celestrial viewing!
- The A70Lf is an Achromatic Refractor with 70mm (2.8") of aperture
- This lightweight telescope has a maximum magnifying power of 143x and reaches a limiting visual magnitude of 1
- Package includes Mini Porta Mount, Aluminum Tripod, Slow Motion Handles (2), Dew/Sun Shield, Tube Rings, Dovetail Plate, Diagonal Prism, PL20mm; PL6.3mm; 31.7mm Erect Image Diagonal
Vixen A70Lf w/ Mini Porta 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 degrees
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: Mini Porta Altazimuth Mount
Tripod: Aluminum 2 section adjustable; 70cm to 128cm
Mount Weight: 10 lb including tripod
Load Capacity: 18 lbs (Optical Tube diameter less than 119mm)
Vertical and Horizontal Slow Motion: 1 Wheel Gears whole circle movement; Friction control system with tools for tension adjustment
Telescope Attachment: Dove Tail Plate
Accessories: Slow Motion Handles (2), Dew/Sun Shield, Tube Rings, Dovetail Plate, Diagonal Prism, PL20mm; PL6.3mm; 31.7mm Erect Image DiagonalVixen Product Number: 2602mini