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This ED103S 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 ED103S Refractor Telescope is an apochromatic refractor with a focal length of 795mm and an aperture of 103mm. 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 ED103S is stable and weighs 8.1 lb. It is fitted with 115mm 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. The flip mirror diagonal can be configured with one of the included eyepieces and a camera. On the ED103S, the 20mm eyepiece provides 39.75x magnification, while the 5mm eyepiece provides 159x magnification.
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, 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.
Apochromatic f/7.7 refractor with a focal length of 795mm and an aperture of 103mm. It incorporates "Super Low Dispersion" glass that reduces chromatic aberration and delivers a high-contrast field of view. The SD glass lenses also help ensure a crisp, high-contrast field of view that is virtually free of false color.
This unique mount design uses the mount body as part of the counterweight system. Pulse wave-modulated motors and slow motion controls react with extremely precise and smooth movements.
Right Ascension and Declination Assemblies
The Right Ascension and Declination mechanisms each have 180-teeth gear wheels. Precision machining of the wheels and brass worm gears delivers accurate tracking every time. Additionally, the R.A. and Dec shafts are made of strong carbon steel, and all rotating parts roll on 15 bearings.
Polar Axis Scope
A built in 6x20 polar axis scope features a bubble level, illuminated reticle, and setting accuracy within 3 arcminutes.
Star Book Ten
This handbox dramatically increases the functionality of the Sphinx SXP mount. Use the color display to scroll through the star chart without affecting the position of the optical tube. The 272,000-object pre-loaded database puts moons, planets, star clusters, and galaxies at your fingertips. Simply push of the GoTo button and Star Book Ten will align the optical tube with the celestial body of your interest. The fully integrated color HD LCD screen shows you the night sky before the handbox transmits the new alignment to the mount. Night Vision mode displays all information in a monochromatic red tint, allowing you to maintain night vision adaptation.
The HAL130 tripod is constructed from lightweight and durable aluminum, making this tripod portable yet sturdy enough to deliver steady images even when mounted with high powered optical tubes. The HAL130 has a large base to accommodate the Sphinx SXP mount. Leg sections extend from 32 to 51" and the unit weighs only 12 lb.
In the Box
Vixen Optics ED103S Refractor Telescope with SXP EQ Mount and Tripod