New Vixen Porta II at Orion
Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:53 AM
Has anyone order the new Vixen Porta II Altazimuth Mount from Orion? Any upcoming reviews?
peace & clear skies
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:24 AM
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Posted 06 April 2009 - 03:45 PM
Why not sell the head seperately
Posted 06 April 2009 - 03:51 PM
It does look the same, thought the original had a 15lb limit.
If you look on Vixen's website, it says the capacity of the original is 20lbs. Vendors' websites spec 10-15lbs. 10lbs is more reasonable IMO. My 100ED is lighter than 10lbs and the porta can't really handle it (I realize it is long). My ST80 works great with it; though it only weighs ~4lbs with diagonal and EP.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:45 PM
Uhhh, looks the same as the old one. Just a different mounting screw on the bottom. And different handles for the slo-mo shafts. Am I missing something? They are still saying it handles 20lbs?
No, you're not missing anything. They made it so the head can be easily detached from the tripod. And they replaced the push on slow motion controls with what appear to be short flex cables with different handles as well as set screws so the handles don't slide off. It still has the lousy aluminum legs. I dumped mine in favor of wooden ones from Hands On Optics and that made a huge difference in stability. I also replaced the stock slow motion handles with spares I had from a CG4 EQ mount.
Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:49 AM
Seems to be not instock yet, I'll probably get one to do make sure my mods will still work with it then retire my V1 Porta.
It's good to hear you will provide your upgrades to the new model. I love the improvements you did to my Portamount!
peace & clear skies,
Posted 07 April 2009 - 05:26 PM
I purchased one of these and am successfully using it with my 120ST. I find it a nearly perfect GnG set-up. The only thing I changed was to get replacement slo-mo knobs from Orion which are metal instead of the included plastic ones (they get all wobbly after a few used and fall off).
Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:42 AM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:07 PM
So I can harldy wait for this to get here.
Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:27 PM
Thanks for your replies. I look forward to seeing each review. I guess it's time to start setting some money aside now!
peace & clear skies,
Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:01 AM
I'm going to get mine on April 21, I'm going to use it with a SV102ED2, which weights about 15 Lbs. My Porta Mount I tigten the tension too much, and the Alt-Slo-Mo now has to be repaired.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:10 PM
Then I took them off again and put the original aluminum legs back on. I noticed no difference in damping time of the legs.
Furthermore, the original tripod legs, like most tripods, but unlike the wooden set, have a simple knob to turn for shortening or extending the legs, allowing a quick length change with a single hand, while the wood replacements have 2 simple screws with wing nuts on each leg making a length change in the legs a pain and requiring 2 hands, one on each side of the leg done twice for each leg. They are now sitting unused in my garage.
Other people may have different results, but mine would make me cautious about recommending this modification for either the Portamount or Porta II.