Vixen R130Sf 130mm Newtonian Reflector w/Porta II Mount
This lightweight 130 mm (5-inch) aperture reflector on an altitude-azimuth mount is a favorite of many new astronomers because it features remarkable light gathering with sharp images for its price and size. With a standard 20 mm Plossl and a Vixen R130Sf Newtonian Reflector, more than the entire Moon fills the eyepiece. You'll view innumerable star clusters and dark clouds, not to mention nebulae and galaxies. Add a 32 mm eyepiece and the heavens open up with a remarkable 2.5 degree field of view! All of the stars in the Pleiades can be viewed at the same time. The visual observer will enjoy wide views of deep sky objects with a a Vixen R130Sf. Actual groups of nebula or clusters can be viewed at the same time with this instrument.
The Vixen R130Sf comes standard with the 6 x 30 optical finder scope and dovetail tube plate that fits very well on all the Vixen mounts. This is a scope you can start with on a basic user-friendly Vixen Porta II Mount and later move up to one of our electronic mounts such as the Vixen Skypod or Sphinx.
What makes the Vixen R130Sf Newtonian Reflector Telescope package even more special is the Vixen Porta II Mount. The lightweight alt-az Porta mount can be the heart of an exceptionally portable telescope/mount system. The Vixen Porta II mount features a newly designed friction system for quickly pointing toward the target and tracking it with the 360-degree slow-motion controls. No fumbling with clutches or sectional slow-motion controls! Leave the heavy counterweights with the equatorial mounts: simply balance scopes up to 155 mm diameter on the altitude axis and start viewing!
The Vixen Porta Mount II comes equipped with two fine adjustment handles for whole circle slow motion in both directions - a necessity when searching for and tracking celestial objects. Or how about adjusting the friction level so the mount simply stays where you put it? In addition, the Vixen Porta is a great mount for terrestrial viewing, too. Its gear drives make it a simple matter to precisely track a planet or a ship on the horizon by just turning the elevation and/or azimuth control handles.
The Porta in this Vixen mount's name stands for portability, and with good reason. It weighs only 12 pounds including tripod - yet will support a payload of 20. The World-Standard dovetail attachment system on Porta II was developed by Vixen. This allows the Vixen Porta II Mount to accept various dovetail mounted optical tubes and binoculars - making it a splendid travel companion for hikers, birdwatchers, traveling astronomers and more!
Standard Vixen dovetail mounting slot with lock and safety screw is fully Vixen Sphinx and Great Polaris-compatible. Mounting slot removes to reveal T-20 and M8-1.25 threaded holes for custom mounting solutions for your scope, too!. The PortaMount II features switchable slow-motion knobs, tension adjustment and disassembly tools, built-in tool storage bay, tripod tray and aluminum legs.
Vixen R130Sf - 5-inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope on a Vixen Porta II Mount Features:
- 650 mm focal length operating at a fast f/5 focal ratio for a wide, true field of view.
- Multi-coated optics for bright, crisp images.
- Impressive resolving power of 0.89-inch and limiting stellar magnitude of 12.3.
- Optical tube assembly weighs only 9 pounds.
- Vixen Porta II Mount with locking extension legs and accessory tray.
- Vixen Porta II Mount includes slow motion controls and adjustment tool set.
- The world-standard dovetail attachment accepts various dovetail-mounted optical tubes.
- Friction on the axes can be adjusted with tools conveniently located in the compartment under the rubber covering.
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Is this item brand new and unopened?
Alan, The scope is new; if you're interested please give me a call, ask for Steve at 800-483-6287.