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Vixen Optics R130Sf 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit with GP2 Mount

B&H # VIR130SFN MFR # 39592 USA
Vixen Optics R130Sf 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit with GP2 Mount

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  • 650mm f/5 Newtonian Reflector
  • GP2 Manual Equatorial Mount

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The Vixen R130Sf is a Newtonian reflector telescope that's an ideal beginner's instrument.  It offers the excellent fit and finish you should expect from the Vixen brand, along with impressive light-gathering capacity for an introductory telescope.  Its 5.1" diameter is large enough to do some serious deep sky, star cluster, and nebula observing.  Together with the GP2 Mount, you have a classic combination of telescope and mount which is meant for users who will enjoy growing with their mount, and learning the celestial map through their own skill.  Vixen stands behind this outfit with an impressive 5-year warranty.

A 650mm f/5 optical configuration is pretty bright in optical terms, besting most refractors, and offers impressively-wide viewing fields when coupled with longer focal length wide angle eyepieces.  Newtonian telescopes have impressive resolution and color rendition in the viewing field's center, and the view gets progressively more distorted towards the edges-but it is often a good tradeoff, because you can get so much light-gathering capacity per dollar.  Gathering light, after all, is a telescope's most important function.

The Vixen GP2 Equatorial Mount is so well respected throughout the world that it is the standard which is universally copied by many different companies outside of Japan (known as 'CG-5', 'EQ-4', etc.).  The copies, loving as they are, focus on lowering costs-and in their wake have left a thriving aftermarket cottage industry to improve them.  You don't really have to spend too much more to cut through all that baloney-every geared part on the GP2 is individually inspected before assembly in Japan, and lubricants are the best available.  It shows in its use.  The modular GP2 has a slew of upgrades to accommodate growing astronomical interests and skills, so you'll use the mount for a long time to come.

Together with the GP2, this outfit's perfect for some imaging use; add a clamp-on digiscoping adapter for simple use with point and shoot cameras through the eyepiece, or attach a Vixen T-mount directly upon the rear of the scope if you want to use your DSLR camera.  Crisp shorter-duration images can easily be made with just some judicious manual operation of the mount; for professional images from longer exposures of several minutes (or even hours), add such accessories as a polar axis scope, an MT-1 motor drive with an SD-1 motor drive controller, and the Focal Reducer R.

The R130Sf with GP2 arrives as an all-manual affair-you don't need anything else to observe except perhaps a star map and a red light flashlight.

Precision-polished, ideally aligned, highly-reflective multicoated aluminum mirrors
Fast 650mm f/5 optical configuration
Classic, refined, Japanese-manufactured GP2 manual equatorial mount
Includes 2 Plössl-type 1.25" eyepieces
Suitable for terrestrial observation with optional #3847 Erect Image Adapter
Focuser barrel directly accepts T-mounts for SLR cameras
Optical Design Newtonian reflector
Optical Lens Diameter 5.1" (130mm)
Focal Length 650mm
Focal Ratio f/5.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 255x
Resolving Power 0.89
Optical Tube Dimensions 6.3 x 22.5" (16.0 x 57.2cm) WxL
Mount Type Equatorial
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.7" (42mm)
Finderscope 6x30 7.0° Straight
Tripod Adjustable aluminum (31.9-51.1"/80-130cm)
Motor No
GO-TO Capability No
PC Compatible No
Power Source None
Weight 40.7 lbs (18.50kg)
Vixen Optics R130Sf 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit with GP2 Mount
  • NPL Plossl 20mm Eyepiece (1.25")
  • NPL Plossl 6mm Eyepiece (1.25")
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • Finderscope Bracket
  • Finderscope Bracket Shoe
  • 42mm Male to 42mm Female Extension Tube
  • #37201 EA 42mm Screw-In to 1.25" Adapter
  • Tube Rings with 155mm Inner Diameter
  • Dovetail Tube Plate
  • GP2 Manual Equatorial Telescope Mount w/o Tripod
  • Dovetail Plate Mounting Block
  • 2 x Slow Motion Knob
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 8.2 lb (3.7 kg) SX Counterweight - White
  • HAL130-GP Aluminum Tripod
  • 5-Year Warranty
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