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The Vixen SXD2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod is a highly corrected 8.0" f/9.0 catadioptric telescope for astro imaging. Its sophisticated aspherical optical design delivers excellent image correction throughout its large 42mm illuminated field.
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.
The SXD2 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 Star Book Ten is a 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.
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
33 lb payload capacity, excluding counterweights
Precise azimuth adjustment indicators
Vixen-style dovetail saddle
Built-in polar alignment scope
HAL 130 Tripod
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 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
Periodic error correction (PEC) removes inaccuracies inherent in gears and allows for more accurate tracking, especially for long-exposure astrophotography
Adjustable screen brightness
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 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod