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#1 cavefrog

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:49 AM

the point is kinda moot, 'cause I have allready ordered the porta mount II with an 80mm vixen on it, but I would still like to know.... does anyone know the difference between the porta mount and the porta mount II? besides the $40.00 that is.

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#2 Jim7728

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:58 AM

Only difference I see is the standardized bolt the ver. II now has for the optional HAL 130 tripod.

http://www.vixenopti...rta2_remove.jpg

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:25 PM

I had seen that picture before but, did not know if it was the original or the II. I was thinking there has to be some kind of improvement in order to warrent a $40 increase. I have heard of the hal 130. I am hoping that the tripod it comes on will also fit the skypod alt/az that I have. what kind of bolt/attachment does the original have?

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:58 PM

The old version attached to the tripod with 3 screws.

Scroll down Ice In Space review page for photo.

Vixen Porta Mount
I don't know if the Porta II is compatible with the Sky Pod tripod.

BTW, I was thinking getting the Porta II and attaching it to my HAL 130 GP tripod, but think the fixed azimuth post would be in the way...unless I sawzall it off :crazy: :lol:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 01:34 PM

man! that means I stumbled around and got the right one! sometimes ya get lucky, eh? the skypod mounts with one center bolt, so I hope that is the same method and size used on the porta II. I was hoping to get just the mount without the tripod, but when I saw the tripod, mount, and an 80mm refractor for $323.00, I coundn't contain myself!
If you bought one for your hal 130, all you'd have ta do is stick it in a vise an smack that pesky az post wid a hammer!
betch' it'd fly right off!

Theo

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 02:38 PM

Good deal! ;)

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 03:25 PM

cavefrog

Do you mind saying where you got your bargain at? Most places have this combo at about $500.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:55 PM

Yeah, I know! Thats why I told Jim I couldn't contain myself. It's like getting the OTA for 4 bucks!
no, I dont mind. I got it at amazon. but the funny thing is,
I ordered it last night, and this afternoon I looked in the same place and it was priced at $432.33! $100.00 more than I bought it at. I hope they did not make a typo that I had found and will change their minds about it. I was only looking for the mount, but the combo caught my eye whilst huntin'. and there was only 1 in stock. there are more in stock today, bu not at the price that I caught.

Theo






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