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#1 BKBrown

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:17 AM

I got a set of upgrades from Manny Miles this week: mounting bracket, panning handle, and eyepiece tray, and finally got everything installed on my Vixen Porta II. What a difference they make! I never cared for the side mounting of the OTA with the factory set up, the new bracket takes care of that and leaves the OTA in a more "natural" position (with less stress to the rings, dovetail, and mount I believe). The tray is also very nice, I got the small model so that it would fit on my Hands On Optics wood legs...no worries at all. My OTAs ride much more smoothly in their new position, and everything seems to balance more easily as well. I have tested the new rig with my ES80ED and SW100ED OTAs so far and they both ride very nicely. Highly recommended...

Clear Skies,
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:18 AM

Here is a close up of the bracket position...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:19 AM

And finally, here is the eyepiece tray...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

Thanks for the high praise Brian, BUT I hope they don't rock ,,, I hope they are quite solid!!!
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:13 AM

Rock solid, Manny!

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:14 AM

Absolutely ROCK solid! I got some eyepiece time in last night using a range of EPs with my ES80ED and there was essentially zero settle down time...the rig is very stable. I plan to get the SW100ED out for some time with the heavier, longer OTA and I expect pretty much the same performance. Great work sir, thanks!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:54 AM

Nice mods, where are these available?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

These came from Manny Miles, the gentleman who replied earlier in this thread...

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:06 PM

I got the mounting bracket and panning handle for my StarGuy a while back. I agree with everything you said. "Rocks".

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

Hey that looks great. Does Manny Myles have a web site? I checked and found nothing. How do you order?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:22 PM

Send him a message on CN. My pan handle should be arriving this week from him, so he's still taking orders

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:51 PM

Thanks. PM sent

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:45 PM

Is there a web site?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:54 PM

Hi Bart

Looks not. You can try sending a PM as I have done. Waiting his reply. Nice looking stuff huh?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:34 AM

Yes - Love the Panhandle. Here's mine:

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 06:20 PM

Just ordered my bracket and panhandle, I think I'll feel much better about attaching my Lunt to this set up than the sideways mount!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:24 AM

I got the same upgrade for my early version of the Portamount, now I can stick my maks on the mount with out the finder being at the bottom, the heaviest scope I put on is an older Japan Special Optics 5" S/Cass: that weighs a ton, rides like a champ,Manny was great to deal with.DA.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:17 PM

Just rec'd mine, my Lunt never looked so comfortable and secure!! Much better than the side mount!!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:08 PM

Just rec'd mine, my Lunt never looked so comfortable and secure!! Much better than the side mount!!


I agree! I just sent Manny a PM. I don't feel comfortable with the side mount, either.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:05 PM

Hi Ron. I don't think you will be disappointed, Manny does great work. I wonder if he could do something similar for a T-Rex Apex mount? :question:

Clear Skies,
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:13 PM

Manny's panhandle does indeed rock.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:47 AM

Hi Ron. I don't think you will be disappointed, Manny does great work. I wonder if he could do something similar for a T-Rex Apex mount? :question:

Clear Skies,
Brian


It wouldn't hurt to ask. :)

I was happy to see these mods because I was not happy with any of my previous grab and go setups. I am facing back surgery and the Mach 1 will have to go on 'injured reserve' for a few months. :p

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Ron

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:50 PM

Manny's panhandle does indeed rock.

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Good choice on the slo-mo handles!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

Yikes! :shocked: Sorry to hear about the surgery, I hope you are up and about quickly...we have a great Jupiter opposition coming up! I'll check with Manny about modding a T-Rex Apex, I am seriously considering one for observing when I don't feel like trotting a GEM out and setting it up. I'll keep folks posted.

Clear Skies,
Brian

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:26 AM

I have contacted Manny and am planning to place an order with him soon. In the pictures posted by Iceblaze, where were those slow motion control knobs purchased? The ones that came on my Porta II are flexible rods and plastic knobs that are about 8" long.

Thanks,

Tony






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