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BKBrown
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Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock!
      #5091407 - 02/26/12 01:17 AM Attachment (158 downloads)

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,
Brian


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BKBrown
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5091410 - 02/26/12 01:18 AM Attachment (117 downloads)

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

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BKBrown
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5091413 - 02/26/12 01:19 AM Attachment (69 downloads)

And finally, here is the eyepiece tray...

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Manny Myles
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5091827 - 02/26/12 10:49 AM

Thanks for the high praise Brian, BUT I hope they don't rock ,,, I hope they are quite solid!!!
m2


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Manny Myles]
      #5091882 - 02/26/12 11:13 AM

Rock solid, Manny!

Stan


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BKBrown
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Manny Myles]
      #5091885 - 02/26/12 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!

Clear Skies,
Brian


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KeithTC
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5280706 - 06/20/12 12:54 PM

Nice mods, where are these available?

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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: KeithTC]
      #5281142 - 06/20/12 06:21 PM

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

Clear Skies,
Brian


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Locoman
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5281262 - 06/20/12 08:06 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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davebuechler
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Locoman]
      #5290645 - 06/26/12 08:19 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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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: davebuechler]
      #5290649 - 06/26/12 08:22 PM

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

-James


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davebuechler
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5290681 - 06/26/12 08:51 PM

Thanks. PM sent

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Bart
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: davebuechler]
      #5290736 - 06/26/12 09:45 PM

Is there a web site?

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davebuechler
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Bart]
      #5290860 - 06/26/12 10:54 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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SteveG
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: davebuechler]
      #5291521 - 06/27/12 12:34 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

Yes - Love the Panhandle. Here's mine:

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rigel123
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: SteveG]
      #5293811 - 06/28/12 07:20 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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Binojunky
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: rigel123]
      #5294539 - 06/29/12 09:24 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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rigel123
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Binojunky]
      #5308540 - 07/08/12 04:17 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

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

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RAKing
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: rigel123]
      #5308636 - 07/08/12 05:08 PM

Quote:

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.

Ron


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BKBrown
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: RAKing]
      #5310488 - 07/09/12 09:05 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?

Clear Skies,
Brian


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