This ED115S Refractor Telescope bundle from Vixen Optics includes four main components, a telescope, a tripod, a mount, and an electronic hand controller. These items are combined to create a capable and user-friendly rig for celestial object viewing
Vixen's ED115S Refractor Telescope is an apochromatic refractor with a focal length of 890mm and an aperture of 115mm. It combines the assets of "Super Low Dispersion" glass in the objective lens and a fast f/7.7 focal ratio to deliver clear, wide-field deep-sky imagery. The SD glass lenses produce a crisp, high-contrast field of view that is virtually free of false color. They are capable of focusing the visible spectrum with accuracy and chromatic aberrations are minimized as well.
The ED115S is stable and weighs 8.0 lb. It is fitted with 125mm mounting rings. A dovetail plate is provided, as well as a carry handle. This bundle includes Vixen's 20mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece, a 5mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece, plus a flip mirror diagonal to enable accurate, visual framing and focusing for astrophotography. On the ED115S, the 20mm eyepiece provides 44.50x magnification, while the 5mm eyepiece provides 178x magnification. The flip mirror diagonal can be configured with one of the included eyepieces and a camera. When an interesting object has been located, the Vixen Dual Speed Focuser offers a quick, or a fine 1/7th speed focus for critical observation.
The Sphinx SXP Equatorial Mount is an innovative equatorial mount engineered to accommodate a 35 lb payload capacity. It is designed to use the body of the mount as part of the counterweight system, enabling smoother motion and less additional counterweight. The included Star Book Ten hand controller incorporates a high-resolution color LCD screen with several user-friendly navigation tools that make locating celestial bodies and aligning the optical tube as easy as pressing a button. Precision gears, periodic error correction, and an integrated polar axis scope make this mount a full-featured astronomy tool for amateur stargazers and researchers alike.
The provided tripod on which to rest the telescope, mount, and hand controller is Vixen's HAL 130 tripod. Its adjustable height allows the user to set the position of the telescope to their liking for easy and comfortable viewing. The top of the tripod is powder-coated with a durable finish that resists chipping, flaking, and fading. The tripod is collapsible for convenient storage and portability.
Also included in this bundle is Vixen's 7x50 Illuminated Finderscope to aid in centering observed objects, a compression ring that allows the use of 2.0" eyepieces, and a half pillar which contributes approximately 8.0" of additional height to the mount. This pillar provides clearance when attaching a DSLR to the rear or the telescope, and increases comfort for taller observers as well.