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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5310503 - 07/09/12 09:13 PM

Manny's panhandle does indeed rock.

-James





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RAKing
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5310975 - 07/10/12 07:47 AM

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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




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.

Take care,

Ron


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5311484 - 07/10/12 02:50 PM

Quote:

Manny's panhandle does indeed rock.

-James








Good choice on the slo-mo handles!


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: RAKing]
      #5311788 - 07/10/12 06:27 PM

Yikes! 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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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5312526 - 07/11/12 08:26 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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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: tpatnode]
      #5313735 - 07/12/12 03:57 AM

Yes, they came from focus knobs:

http://www.focusknobs.com/

Take a look at the "DEC150"

-James


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5313742 - 07/12/12 04:33 AM

James

Thanks for the link to focusknobs.com. A pair of these are now on my wish list for my Porta II.

Manny's bracket and panhandle do indeed rock!

Tom


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: rtomw77]
      #5335291 - 07/25/12 05:59 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

I finally got mine set up and ready to go. Instead of changing dovetails on my OTAs, I just drilled an ADM saddle and mounted it on the bracket.

The TEC 6 looks great and I'm hoping for some clear skies to try it out soon.

Great job, Manny!

Ron


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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5423894 - 09/16/12 02:52 PM

I just received my Manny Miles Porta II bracket and panhandle. With the upgrade, my Porta II on a Vixen HAL130 tripod (same as Vixen Starguy mount) no longer fits in the soft carrying bag I was using, because of the width. For those of you with the same or similar setup, what are you using for a carrying bag? Thanks.
Mike


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Anders Asp
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Re: Manny Miles Porta II upgrades rock! new [Re: Poochpa]
      #5424110 - 09/16/12 05:14 PM

Hi guys! I just wonder if this Vixen porta II mount can handle my set ups weight at around 7.5kg? My set up is an APM triplet APO 100mm f/8 light weight tube, 2" william optics diagonal + eyepeice and sometimes i will also use a bino with the setup.

I will get a little stronger tripod to make the set up more solid, do u guys think i need to make some changes to the mounthead it self or is it strong enough to handle my gear in a good way? Thanks Anders


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