Vixen A70Lf with Mini Porta Mount
Vixen A70Lf Achromatic Refractor Optical Tube Assembly
My very first telescope was a 70mm (2.8”). With this size aperture you will, as I did, be on your way to discovering the craters and mountains on our moon, the rings around Saturn and the storms on Jupiter. With a star chart you will find beautiful double stars of varying colors, and on moonless nights, you will see the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula and hundreds of other Deep Sky objects. Use for terrestrial viewing to spot those far off ships or nesting birds. The A70Lf Refractor, although inexpensive, is not a toy telescope. It has the same quality glass and exacting workmanship that goes into our much larger instruments. I hope you’ll find it as enjoyable as I did as you begin this great adventure we call amateur astronomy. Clear Skies MrStarGuy
The A70Lf, although inexpensive, is not a toy telescope. Many amateurs begin with and enjoy countless hours under the stars with this instrument It has the same quality glass and exacting workmanship that goes into our much larger instruments.
The A70Lf is an Achromatic Refractor with 70mm (2.8”) of aperture. Its focal length is 900mm (3 ft.) with an f ratio of 12.9. This lightweight telescope has a maximum magnifying power of 143x and reaches a limiting visual magnitude of 11. Its light gathering is 100 times better than the human eye and has a maximum (realistic) power of 143X. The A70Lf Refractor weighs about 4 lbs and is covered by Vixen's 5 Year Warranty.
With this size aperture you will, as I did, be on your way to discovering the craters and mountains on our moon, the rings around Saturn and the storms on Jupiter. With a star chart you'll find beautiful double stars of varying colors, and on moonless nights, you will see the Andromeda Galaxy, The Orion Nebula and hundreds of other Deep Sky objects.
"When I first started in amateur astronomy, I did as most beginners and purchased a department store telescope that advertised the most power. (700x I believe) Unfortunately, again like most beginners, I found that the advertised power was impossible due to the size of the telescope and more importantly the lack of stability of the mount. Time and again I speak to parents and children who tell me how frustrated they are that after finding Saturn in a beginner telescope they can’t get a good view of the rings because the mount is too shaky or the telescope controls too difficult to adjust. I hear many tell me that they tried once many years ago and now the scope is sitting in a closet collecting dust! If you are looking for the most affordable starting package, the A70Lf with Mini Porta Mount is the one. This package combines sharp optics and a rock solid, light weight mount. It takes just seconds to place the telescope on the mount and you are ready for an evening of observing."
Clear Skies, Mr StarGuy
The Vixen Mini-Porta altazimuth mount comes equipped with two fine adjustment handles for whole circle slow motion in both directions, very useful in searching and tracking celestial objects. In addition, these are great mounts for terrestrial viewing. Top quality gear drives make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or a ship on the horizon by simply turning the elevation and or azimuth control handles. This sturdy obseving base weighs just 6 lbs but will hold scopes up to 10 lbs. The “World-Standard” dovetail attachment system on the Mini PORTA was developed by Vixen.
|Finderscope||6x24mm Finder; Field of View 5°|
|Included Accessories||Slow Motion Handles (2), Dew/Sun Shield, Tube Rings, Dovetail Plate, Diagonal Prism, PL20mm; PL6.3mm; 31.7mm Erect Image Diagonal|
|Light Gathering Power||100x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||11.0|
|Mount||Mini Porta Altazimuth Mount|
|Mount Weight||10 lb including tripod|
|Optical Coatings||Multi Coating|
|Optical Design||Achromatic Refractor|
|Optical Tube Length||33.8” (860mm)|
|Optical Tube Weight||4.2 lb|
|Payload Capacity||18 lbs (Optical Tube diameter less than 119mm)|
|Tripod||Aluminum 2 section adjustable; 70cm to 128cm|