The Vixen VMC330L is a deep-sky observer's dream instrument, allowing one to see practically anything on the star map that's likely a waste of viewing and slewing time with smaller telescopes. With 272% more light gathering capacity than Vixen's 8" scopes, this unique scope offers Maksutov-Cassegrain-like design in a gigantic package that's perfect for a permanent location such as a backyard observatory. It also makes a great imaging tool.
Consisting of Pyrex® spherical mirrors, Vixen's improvement upon the Maksutov design incorporates a 2-element corrector lens in front of the secondary mirror. This system tidily corrects spherical aberration and field curvature, but also eliminates the need for a heavy, expensive chunk of glass found in conventional Maksutov designs. The resulting open tube design cools quickly and does not suffer from dew condensation problems.
- Enormous 13" aperture makes for easily viewed and photographed faint nebulae
- Internal meniscus correction lenses lower weight, speed cool-down times, and practically eliminate dewing problems
- 2.4" (60mm) Focuser barrel allows even illumination across 'full frame' DSLRs and also accepts optional 2" eyepieces/accessories
- Rack-and-pinion focusing doesn't affect image orientation
- Flip mirror's built-in T-mount adapter allows simple astrophotography (with addition of camera-specific T-mount)
- Included flip mirror accepts 49mm filters (use 48mm to 49mm step-down ring to employ conventional 48mm astronomy filters)
- Top-mounted handle eases transport
- Split the toughest of binary star tests!