Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

B&H # VIV200DTSXD2 MFR # 25085DS
Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Sphinx SXD2 Motorized Equatorial Mount
  • Vixen Dovetail Saddle with 33 lb Payload
  • Retractable Counterweight Bar
  • Star Book Ten 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 SXD2 overview

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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
  • 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 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 Mount with VC200L Reflector Telescope and Tripod
  • Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Star Book 10
  • VC200L 8"/200mm VISAC Telescope
  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
  • Dual Speed Focuser
  • Star Book Ten
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Vixen Optics SXD2 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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