Vixen MiniPorta2; Astrotech Voyager ATV
Posted 02 April 2011 - 09:17 AM
Would you share with me your experience and knowledge concerning the comparative strengths and weakness of the Vixen MiniPorta2 and the Astrotech Voyager ATV altazimuth mounts.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:12 AM
As far as I know there is a Porta II and a Mini Porta, but I'm not aware of a Mini Porta II. The mini Porta has a capacity of 10# and the Porta II has a capacity of 20#.
I have the Porta II and the only complaint I have is that when getting close to the weight capacity of 20# the tripod is a little shaky. When using the Porta II with heavy loads I put the mount head on my CG-5 tripod. It's an exact fit and really adds to the stability of the mount. The slow Mo controls are very smooth regardless of the load. I really like this mount and I would buy this mount again.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:16 AM
My mistake, everyone. I meant the Vixen Porta 2 and the Astrotech Voyager ATV altazimuth.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:06 PM
I think it is a allen wrench on the Potra II. I have the Mini porta and it is allen wrench on it.
They are both similar in price and quality. The arm that holds the scope has 3 positions that you can put it in on the Voyager. This may be an advantage. I think the arm on the porta II is fixed. (it is on the mini porta) Don T.
Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:56 AM
Posted 03 April 2011 - 09:12 AM
I also have a Portamount 2, and the 1st thing I did with it was to remove its head and put it on a CG-5 tripod, which I use for a heavier scope (16-20 pounds)
This feature of being able to easily remove the Porta 2 head, does give it an advantage over the Voyager. Many mount tripods like the CG-5 fit the Porta 2 head, so you can just screw it on, once you remove the CG-5's small Az post.
Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:30 PM