Vixen Optics Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

B&H # VIVC200DSSX2 MFR # 25077DS
Vixen Optics Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Sphinx SX2 Motorized Equatorial Mount
  • Vixen Dovetail Saddle with 27 lb Payload
  • Retractable Counterweight Bar
  • Star Book One Hand Controller
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
  • 8.0" f/9.0 VISAC
  • Focal Length: 1800mm, f/9.0
  • Aperture: 8" / 200mm
  • Multi Coated Optics
  • Dove Tail Mounting Rail
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Vixen Optics SX2 overview

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The Vixen Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod features precision motors and gears for accurate long-duration tracking. 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 error. The RA and DEC motors are situated inside the mount to reduce interference, and act as counterbalance for smaller scopes, eliminating the need for the counterweights and shaft. When not in use, the counterweight shaft retracts into the mount and out of the way.

The VC200L is designed for astro imaging - at the edge of a 35mm SLR format stars remain sharp (< 15 µm). This level optical performance is comparable to the resolving power of fine quality digital imaging systems. Employing the optional f/6.4 reducer significantly shortens exposure times.

Vixen has fitted the VCL200L's OTA with a piggy-back camera holder - this allows taking photos through the telescope while using a second camera in parallel to the OTA. Additionally, the VC200L can be used to guide the secondary imaging system.

Controlling the rig is the Star Book One (SB1) computer, which helps you find, observe, and track celestial objects. Since near and deep sky objects appear to move at different speeds, the SB1 features celestial, solar, lunar, and King's rate tracking speeds. An integrated autoguider port adds to the mount's usability.

  • Design: catadioptric reflector
  • Aperture: 8.0" / 200 mm
  • Focal ratio: f/9
  • Focal length: 1800 mm
  • Tube length: 23.6" / 599 mm
  • Tube diameter: 9.1" / 232 mm
  • Tube weight: 13.2 lb / 6.3 kg
  • Focuser: 2" - optional 1.25"/ T2 adaptations
  • Mount adaptation: Dovetail plate for GP, Sphinx, EQ mounts
  • Dawes resolution limit: 0.63"
  • Theoretical minimum magnification: 13.3
  • Finderscope: 7x50 QR finder scope
  • VISAC: Vixen's Sixth-Order Aspherical Cassegrain. Primary mirror held by retaining ring instead of hooks to decrease flare and enhance contrast
Sphinx SXD2 Mount
  • Motorized and computer-guided equatorial mount
  • 27 lb payload capacity, excluding counterweights
  • Precise azimuth adjustment indicators
  • Integrated counterweight shaft retracts into mount when not in use
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • Includes one 4.2 lb counterweight
HAL 130 Tripod
  • Lightweight aluminum
  • White powder-coated head
  • Variable height from 25 to 39"
  • Maximum leg spread of 63.5" diameter
  • Folded length of 32"
  • 77 lb payload capacity
  • Weighs 12.1 lb
Star Book One
  • Powered by mount through connector port
  • LED display screen backlight
  • Red backlit keypad
  • Independent screen and keypad dimming control
  • ST-4 compatible integrated autoguider port
  • Sidereal tracking with different tracking speeds: Celestial, solar, lunar, and King's rate
  • Variable manual slewing speeds from 0.1x to 999x
  • 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
  • Selectable tracking for Northern and Southern hemisphere
In the Box
Vixen Optics Sphinx SX2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod
  • Sphinx SX2 Motorized Equatorial Mount with Star Book One
  • VC200L 8"/200mm VISAC Telescope
  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
  • Finder
  • 2 x Eyepieces
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Vixen Optics SX2 specs

    Optical Design VISAC Aspherical Mirror Reflector
    Aperture 200mm
    Focal Length 1800mm
    Focal Ratio f/9.0
    Back Focus 2.5" (63.5 mm)
    Coating Multi coated
    Resolving Power .58 arc sec
    Resolution Theoretical: 0.63" (16 mm)
    Limiting Magnitude 13.3
    Light Gathering Power 816x
    Adapter Thread: 60 mm / 50.8 mm
    Visual Back Compression Ring
    Tripod HAL 130
    Mount Type German Equatorial
    Focuser Dual speed
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 23.6" (60 cm)
    Diameter: 9.1" (23.2 cm)
    Weight: 13.2 lb (6 kg)

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