Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10

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Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized and Computer-Guided Mount
  • Vixen Dovetail Saddle with 33 lb Payload
  • Retractable Counterweight Bar
  • 0-70° Altitude Adjustment
  • ±7° Azimuth Adjustment
  • Built-In 6x20 Illuminated Polar Scope
  • Star Book Ten Hand Controller
  • 5" TFT LCD 800x480 Resolution Display
  • 272,342 Celestial Object Database
  • Multiple Tracking Speeds
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  • 1Description

Designed to handle larger optical tube assemblies and heavy imaging rigs, Vixen's Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount provides a precise and stable motorized mount for long observation sessions, or long-exposure astrophotography. Dual stepper motors provide smooth and virtually vibration-free tracking that run at up to 250pps. Its full-circle brass wheel gear allows the mount to track over extremely long periods with little tracking error.

The Sphinx comes with the Star Book Ten (SB10) computerized hand controller that is loaded with a database of 272,342 celestial objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, plus astronomical catalogs including SAO, NGC, and Messier. The SB10 has a 5" 800x400 resolution LED backlit TFT LCD screen that displays star charts, maps, as well as menu options. To aid set-up, there is a built-in 6x20 polar alignment scope that is set inside the mount. It has an 8° wide angle field of view and an illuminated reticle. The Polaris guide scale, for use in the Northern hemisphere, is accurate through the year 2025. An Octant 4-star pattern is also set on the reticle for use in the Southern hemisphere.

The Sphinx is offered here without an optical tube assembly, tripod, or pier.

  • Motorized and computer-guided equatorial mount
  • 33 lb payload capacity, excluding counterweights
  • Precise azimuth adjustment indicators
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • Built-in polar alignment scope
Gears and Motors
  • Two stepping (pulse) motors at 250 pulses per second
  • 72mm diameter, 180-tooth full circle micro-movement brass wheel gear
  • 35mm carbon steel Right Ascension axis
  • 40mm carbon steel Declination axis
  • ±7° azimuth adjustment, twin tangent screws/knobs with about 1.2°/rotation
  • 0-70° altitude adjustment, 3-altitude zone settings ±15° per zone, 2° increment altitude scale, twin T-bar handles with 0.8°/rotation
Polar Alignment Scope
  • Built-in 6x20 scope
  • Field of view: 8°
  • Integrated bubble level
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Setting accuracy within 3 arc minutes
  • Time graduation circle: 10 arc minutes increments between 16h and 8h (the following day)
  • Date graduation circle: 2-day increments
  • Meridian offset circle: Adjustable between 20° East and 20° West, in 5-degree increments
  • Northern hemisphere: Polaris guide scale, applicable to the year 2025
  • Southern hemisphere: Octant 4 stars pattern
Counterweights and Bar
  • Retractable 20mm counterweight bar
  • 1 x 8.15 lb counterweight
  • 1 x 4.2 lb counterweight
Star Book Ten
  • Powered by mount through connector port, button-battery included to keep internal clock running
  • 5" TFT LCD display with LED backlight
  • 800x480 WVGA resolution
  • Red backlit keypad
  • Independent screen and keypad dimming control
  • ST-4 compatible integrated autoguider port
  • "GOTO" slewing with up to 1000x sidereal rate
  • 272,342 celestial object database: SAO: 258997, NGC objects: 7840, IC objects: 5386, Messier objects: 109, 7 Planets, 1 quasi-planet, Moon, and Sun
  • Programmable user-defined objects
  • Automatic and manual GoTo Slewing
  • Sidereal tracking with different tracking speeds for the Sun, the Moon, planets, comets, and artificial satellites including the International Space Station
  • Backlash compensation
  • Periodic error correction (PEC) removes inaccuracies inherent in gears and allows for more accurate tracking, especially for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Adjustable screen brightness
  • Hibernate mode
  • Built-in speaker
  • Software updates using LAN connection
  • Compatible with Windows SP, Vista, 7, 8, & 8 Pro
  • Not compatible with Mac, Linux, and Unix operating systems
  • 6.7x6.1x1.2" weighing 13.4 oz
In the Box
Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10
  • Star Book Ten Hand Controller
  • STAR BOOK Cable
  • Strap for STAR BOOK TEN with Battery
  • Counterweights 3.7kg and 1.9kg
  • Ferrite Core for LAN cable
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • 2 x Allen Wrenches
  • Cigarette-lighter Plug Cord
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Mount Type German Equatorial
    Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg)
    Gears RA: 72mm diameter, 180-tooth full circle micro-movement gear, Brass wheel
    Dec: 72mm diameter, 180-tooth full circle micro-movement gear, Brass wheel
    Worm Wheel 9 mm diameter, Brass
    Right Ascension Axis 35 mm in diameter, Carbon steel
    Declination Axis 40 mm in diameter, Carbon steel
    Motor 2 x Stepping (pulse) motors with 250 PPS
    Bearings 9
    GO-TO Capability Yes, with included Star Book Ten controller
    Altitude / Azimuth Adjustment Alt: 0 to 70°
    Az: ±7°
    Polar Axis Scope Built-in 6 x 20 scope
    Field of View: 8°
    Bubble level
    Illuminated reticle
    Includes Tripod/Pier No
    Counterweights 1 x 8.2 lb (3.7 kg)
    1 x 4.2 lb (1.9 kg)
    Power 12 VDC
    Consumption: 0.45 to 2.2 A (with a 10 kg payload), 0.6 to 2.5 A (with a 15 kg payload)
    Dimensions 13.5 x 14.2 x 5.0" (34.3 x 36.0 x 12.8 cm)
    Weight 20.3 lb (9.2 kg), excluding counterweights
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 45.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.0 x 17.0 x 10.0"
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