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Vixen Newtonian Telescope Optical Tube R130Sf w/ Porta II Mount
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R130sf plus Porta Mount

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, OH Written on May 28, 2010

The R130sf is a great little inexpensive newtonian. Its very portable and easy to use. One cool feature was the ability to shoot pictures through the telescope with just a T-ring for my camera. All other newtonians I have had won't come to focus, but on the R130, the focuser barrel unscrews in the middle, so you are able to get the camera closer and therefore focus. The images were crisp and bright through the scope and its very light.

Porta Mount

The Vixen Porta Mount is an Alt Az mount made for small telescopes up to about 15 lbs. It can be purchased in a package with a VMC110L or other small scopes, or by itself. The Porta Mount can be moved manually by grabbing a hold of the telescope and pushing it to where you would like to look. It then has slow motion controls to make fine adjustments and keep objects in the eyepiece. The telescope can be side mounted using a vixen style dovetail or you can mount vertically with a right angle adapter bracket. Tension on both axis can be adjusted with the built in allan wrenches that can be found under the rubber piece on the head. With these wrenches, you can also set the handle orientation to the telescope how you prefer, which does come in handy.

I found this mount to be the best Alt Az mount that I have ever used. I have put everything from small refractors, to the VMC110L, Celestron's C5 and C6 to their C8 on this mount. They all worked great, although the C8 had some limited motion in the vertical becau...
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