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#1 mike bacanin

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 10:38 AM

Hello everyone,

 

If you happen to own an older Vixen 102mm refractor, particularly with the non hinged sprung tube rings, the very nice Vixen white carry handle fits on the top of the tube ring utilising the threaded hole in the top of the ring. These older rings use 1/4 UNC threading and I have attached the handle using a 1/4 x 11/8 (one and one eigth) inch stainless cap bolt hex head. I cautiously made sure the bolt did not contact the ota.

It seems new refractors rings may be M6, as the handle is supplied with a M6 bolt.

 

Vixen item # 3870

 

It is a very nice mod and allows very safe handling of the ota and ease of placing the dovetail into a mount.

 

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 10:42 AM

Have one on my ED81S and love it.  Makes mounting/dismounting a breeze.



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Posted 16 July 2020 - 11:03 AM

Have one on my ED81S and love it.  Makes mounting/dismounting a breeze.

totally agree, one of the best mods you can do.

 

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 01:13 PM

I have one on my Vixen ED102SS. Very useful addition.

 

 

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:33 PM

Yep they are handy.

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:40 PM

If you have a scope with the standard dovetail and rings just carry the scope around using the dovetail, very solid and works perfectly. Why mount an unsightly, many times, handle on a beautiful scope tube ?



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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:39 AM

I find it very convenient for my FS-152 NSV. I painted it to mach clam-shell.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:53 AM

Interesting. I like it! I can see the value for sure when trying to unmount or mount the scope. My refractor is only an 80mm but still there's not much to grab onto when removing from it's Porta II mount. There's a little bit of dovetail to grab onto but not nearly enough where I could do it as the only support for taking it off the mount. I have to support the tube in the palm of one hand and then unscrew from the mount with the other. I'm going to look into one of these.


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:18 AM

Interesting. I like it! I can see the value for sure when trying to unmount or mount the scope. My refractor is only an 80mm but still there's not much to grab onto when removing from it's Porta II mount. There's a little bit of dovetail to grab onto but not nearly enough where I could do it as the only support for taking it off the mount. I have to support the tube in the palm of one hand and then unscrew from the mount with the other. I'm going to look into one of these.

Agreed! It makes it much easier and safer to carry and mount/unmount my 102, especially when I have the binoviewers attached.



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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:32 AM

Agreed! It makes it much easier and safer to carry and mount/unmount my 102, especially when I have the binoviewers attached.

Especially on those nights when its a little damp out and I swap scopes on the Porta II. I've done that a few times. Scopes can get a little slick!
 


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:42 AM

Good point!



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Posted 17 July 2020 - 11:20 AM

I always cradle mine in one arm as I undo it from the mount, my largest is only a lite 20lb, I am good for up to twice that and I’m 72 yr. old, lol !


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 03:28 PM

I always cradle mine in one arm as I undo it from the mount, my largest is only a lite 20lb, I am good for up to twice that and I’m 72 yr. old, lol !

It’s all that beer-battered Walleye you’ve been eating.


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 03:57 PM

I like the one on my ES,ar,127.,stable mounting/unmounting in the dark.,I'd rather be safe than sorry,.Mounting on the scope cradle is pretty easy but the extra handle for the lift make it safe and easy.,waytogo.gif

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:08 PM

It’s all that beer-battered Walleye you’ve been eating.

I won’t deny that, lol ! No shortage of big walleye, jumbo perch and pike up to 25-30 lbs. We fish all week and never see another boat, we are blessed. 


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:08 PM

It’s all that beer-battered Walleye you’ve been eating.

And then black Bortle1 skies at night !



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Posted 18 July 2020 - 10:24 AM

Does it use a 1/4 20 thread?  Thinking of using it on something other than a Vixen refractor.



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Posted 18 July 2020 - 05:12 PM

There are no threads - just a hole that accepts 1/4 inch or M6. There is a counterbore to accept the head of an allen drive capscrew. The threads need to be in the ring the handle attaches to.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 05:24 PM

There are no threads - just a hole that accepts 1/4 inch or M6. There is a counterbore to accept the head of an allen drive capscrew. The threads need to be in the ring the handle attaches to.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Don!



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Posted 19 July 2020 - 04:22 PM

The newer Vixen rings take M6 for the accessory flats and the dovetail attachment points. My ED 103 came with the handle and I can no longer imagine dealing with a scope without a handle. You can mount piggy back stuff on the handle that's not too heavy. I bought the Vixen accessory plate for mine to mount my PST solar scope and it functions as a handle but is not nearly as comfortable as the handle. 



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Posted 19 July 2020 - 06:40 PM

For probably a lot less than Vixen charges, you can make your own from a handle

and aluminum strip, like I did. The handle is glass-filled nylon, rated 400#, cost $4

 

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 07:18 PM

For probably a lot less than Vixen charges, you can make your own from a handle

and aluminum strip, like I did. The handle is glass-filled nylon, rated 400#, cost $4

 

 

Very nice! Practical and inexpensive.



#23 Nippon

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 11:52 AM

Oddly for a scope accessory the Vixen handle is only $26.95. Of course shipping is probably another $20. Thing to do is see if you need another $75 of Vixen stuff because I think through Mr. Star Guy orders over $100 get free shipping.



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Posted 23 July 2020 - 12:29 PM

B&H has it for $23.95 + shipping. tax  = $34 USD


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Posted 23 July 2020 - 02:58 PM

So what is the extra screw sticking out the top for?  Camera attachment?

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