Vixen Optics AX103S Refractor Telescope with SXP EQ Mount and Tripod

Vixen Optics AX103S Refractor Telescope with SXP EQ Mount and Tripod

Vixen Optics AX103S Refractor Telescope with SXP EQ Mount and Tripod

B&H # VIAX103STSXP MFR # 25093
Vixen Optics AX103S Refractor Telescope with SXP EQ Mount and Tripod

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  • 825mm f/8.0 Refractor Telescope
  • 103mm Aperture
  • Super Low Dispersion Glass
  • Carry Handle
  • Motorized Mount with Hand Controller
  • Vixen Dovetail Saddle with 35 lb Payload
  • Star Book Ten Hand Controller
  • High-Definition Color LCD Display Screen
  • Over 272,000 Object Database
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
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  • 1Description

This AX103S 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.

The AX103S Refractor Telescope is an apochromatic f/8.0 refractor with a focal length of 825mm, an aperture of 103mm, and a Quad Element Design. Its three-element objective is complemented by a central fourth lens made from "Super Low Dispersion" glass. This optical design helps reduce chromatic aberration while delivering high-contrast imagery. Precision Multi-Coating is applied to the lenses in order to enhance light transmission and reduce internal reflections that could otherwise reduce overall image quality. A rear field corrector lens is also installed to help further ensure a crisp, high-contrast field of view that is virtually free of false color.

The AX103S weighs 10.0 lb and 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 9mm 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 AX103S, the 20mm eyepiece provides 41.25x magnification, while the 9mm eyepiece provides 91.67x 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.

  • Sphinx SXP Equatorial Mount

    The Sphinx SXP Equatorial Mount from Vixen Optics is an innovative equatorial mount engineered to accommodate a 35 lb payload capacity. Two features make this mount stand apart from other manufacturer's equatorial mounts within the same price bracket; the mount design and the Star Book Ten hand controller. The forward-thinking design uses the body of the mount as part of the counterweight system, enabling smoother motion and less additional counterweight. The Star Book Ten hand controller includes 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.

    Equatorial Mount
    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.
    R.A. and Dec. 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.
    Compatible with HAL130 Tripod
    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.
    Star Book Ten
    This handbox dramatically increases the functionality of the Sphinx SPX 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.
  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod

    The HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod from Vixen Optics is compatible with Vixen's Sphinx and GP telescope mounts. The 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, where the mount attaches, is powder-coated for a durable finish that resists flaking and fading. The tripod is also collapsible for convenient storage and portability.

  • eSG Half Pillar

    The eSG Half Pillar from Vixen Optics quickly adds over eight inches of height to Sphinx, SKYPOD, and GP series mounts, without any permanent modification. This extra height allows longer optical tube assemblies (OTA) to be used with these mounts, plus it can make viewing more comfortable.

    Compatibility
    • Sphinx SX / SXD2 / SXP equatorial mounts, and SKYPOD alt-azimuth mount
    • With optional adapter, #25168: GP2 / GPD2 equatorial mounts
  • 20mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece

    The 20mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece from Vixen Optics features a 20mm eye relief with a twist-up eyecup for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Designed with seven elements in four groups, the fully multicoated optics minimizes light reflection for bright and sharp images. Its all-metal body has a 1.25" aluminum barrel, with an anti-roll rubberized grip.

  • 9mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece

    The 9mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece from Vixen Optics features a 20mm eye relief with a twist-up eyecup for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Designed with seven elements in four groups, the fully multicoated optics minimizes light reflection for bright and sharp images. Its all-metal body has a 1.25" aluminum barrel, with an anti-roll rubberized grip.

  • 7x50 Illuminated Finderscope

    Finderscopes are monoculars attached atop or aside of a telescope, with lower magnification and a wider viewing field to help hunt down the general neighborhood of the object of interest.

    This 7x50 Illuminated Finderscope, like the entire lineup from Vixen, uses a bracket that attaches to a matching shoe on the telescope.  With its larger exit pupil, it is both brighter and wider of field than Vixen's 10x50mm version, though there will be devotees to both varietals because some observers prefer a bit more magnification.

    Additionally, if you are an "experienced" enough observer to have a maximum pupil diameter of ~5.0mm, you will not observe any more brightness with the 7x50 than the 10x50.

    This model features a floating illumination 'dot' in the center of its field of view, to help align the finderscope to the main scope.

    Achromatic objective lens with Kellner-type eyepiece system
    Internally illuminated dot helps alignment to main scope
  • Finder Bracket Shoe

    Vixen Finder Bracket Shoe - Many telescopes have a quick release base (finder shoe) that is compatible with the finder brackets. This item provides a quick release base for the bracket.

  • 50mm SX Finder Bracket - Short

    The Vixen 50mm Finder Bracket is intended to hold your telescope's view finder. It has three adjustment screws to manually fine tune the finder scope on the selected target. It only weighs 195 grams.

  • Tube Rings with 115mm Inner Diameter

    Vixen Tube Rings and accessory mount rings clamp onto telescope tubes to provide mounting points for accessories and mount heads.   They are designated by their inside diameter.  Both types can be joined by dovetail tube plates on the bottom for attachment to Porta, GP-Series and SPHINX mounts.

    Tube Rings are sold in pairs and have 1/4"-20 threaded tripod holes on the top and bottom.  The optional Tube Ring Accessory Plate (#AM-AD-3548, B&H code "VITRAP") fits across the top of the rings for additional mounting options and greater stability.

    Accessory Mount Rings are sold singly and have a 1/4"-20 threaded hole on bottom and 1/4"-20 tripod screw on top.

    Weighs 0.77 lb (350 g)
  • Flip Mirror System

    The Vixen Flip Mirror System has a conventional 1.25" eyepiece adapter in the vertical position, and a second straight-through attachment which lets you directly screw upon an SLR camera T-mount.  Also included in the package which adapts the straight-through path to 1.25", so that you can have an eyepiece on both sides or you can shoot perform eyepiece projection adapter with the #3931 SX Camera Adapter.

    The flip mirror allows speedy switching between viewing from the vertical position or allowing the light to pass straight through the flip mirror to your SLR camera (with or without an eyepiece in the path) attached to the rear.  When using the flip mirror for photography, users commonly insert illuminated reticle eyepieces in the vertical position so they can periodically flip the mirror to check that the image isn't drifting during the exposure, and correct for such drift if necessary.

    2" Focuser barrel accepts 49mm filters (use a 49mm to 48mm step-down ring to employ conventional astronomical 48mm filters)
    Each output of flip mirror has 42mm T-mount threading for prime focus photography with SLR cameras (camera-specific T-mount adapter is required)
    Add optional #3931 SX Camera Adapter to straight through path for eyepiece projection photography with SLR cameras (camera-specific T-mount adapter is required)
  • Metal Carry Handle

    This Metal Carry Handle from Vixen Optics is an accessory handle for transporting, setting up and handling compatible refractor-style telescopes. Made of aluminum, it mounts on the tube ring using an included M6 bolt.

    Compatibility
    A80M, A105M, ED81S, ED103S, ED115S, NA140SS, ED80Sf, AX103S, VC200L, VMC200L
  • Dovetail Tube Plate

    The Vixen Dovetail Tube Plate attaches to the Vixen Great Polaris, Great Polaris DX, GP2, GPD2, Porta, Sphinx, and SXD telescope mounts, as well as the Great Polaris' many 'copies' on the market such as the Celestron CG-5 & Meade LXD75 mounts.  This is the plate to choose for most situations where you're just mounting a scope and perhaps a camera atop the scope.  If you wish to mount a more complex arrangement of guide scope aside a main scope, or a scope and a large camera setup aside one another, then instead use the #2576 DX Accessory Plate.

    The Vixen #2661 dovetail plate's drilled to carry Vixen's tube rings, which hold the telescopes themselves.  Atop the tube rings which you would attach to this plate, you can attach Vixen's #3548 Tube Ring Accessory Plate to mount a small camera, finderscope, etc.

  • Dovetail Plate Mounting Block

    This is the same Vixen Dovetail Plate Mounting Block that is originally supplied upon the Vixen Sphinx, GP2, and GPD2 mounts.  It is primarily offered as a replacement for a lost or damaged original dovetail plate mounting block.

    However, if you own a Vixen Atlux mount and wish to use the Atlux mount with Vixen's standard #2661 dovetail tube plate or #2576 accessory plate, you will need to purchase this dovetail mounting block as well as Vixen's #8779 base plate for the Atlux mount.

In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Equatorial Mount
  • 3.7 kg Counterweight
  • 1.9 kg Counterweight
  • Star Book Hand Controller
  • Star Book Cable
  • Star Book Strap
  • Ferrite Core for LAN Cable
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • 2 x M8 Screws
  • Hex Wrench Set
  • Cigarette Lighter Plug
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Instruction Manual
  • Five Year Limited Warranty
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Metal Peg
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • CR2032 3v Lithium Battery
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • 5-Year Warranty

Also Includes

  • Limited 5-Year Warranty (Telescope)
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Sphinx SXP Equatorial Mount
    Mount Type Equatorial
    Load Capacity 35 lb / 16 kg (excluding counterweights)
    Motor 300 pps PWM stepper
    Drive Gear R.A. and Dec: 180-tooth 72mm brass gears (with 40mm carbon steel axes)

    Worm: 9mm brass gear

    Bearings 15
    Counterweight 1.9 kg / 3.7 kg ;20 mm retractable bar
    GO-TO Capability Star Book Ten
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment Alt: 0 - 70° (Fine Adjustment with Tangent screw: - 15°, 3 step elevation)  0.8° per rotation

    Az: +/- 7° (Double screw Fine Adjustment) 2° per rotation

    Polar Axis Scope 6 x 20
    Power Source 12V DC, 0.45 - 2.5A
    Dimensions 14 x 13.5 x 5" (35.5 x 34.3 x 12.7 cm)
    Weight Mount: 24.25 lb / 11 kg

    Counterweight: 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg, 8 lb 3.7 kg

  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
    Height Adjustment Range 25 to 39" (64 to 99 cm)
    Maximum Leg Spread 63.5" (161 cm) Diameter
    Construction Aluminum 2-piece adjustable legs
    Folded Length 32" (81 cm)
    Payload Capacity 77 lb (35 kg)
    Weight 12.1 lb (5.5 kg)
  • eSG Half Pillar
    Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 10.0 x 10.0"
  • 20mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece
    Focal Length 20 mm
    Eye Relief 20 mm
    Apparent Field of View 50°
    Elements/Groups 7 elements / 4 groups
    Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Weight 5 oz (141.8 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.701 x 2.047 x 2.047"
  • 9mm SLV Series 1.25" Eyepiece
    Focal Length 9 mm
    Eye Relief 20 mm
    Apparent Field of View 50°
    Elements/Groups 7 elements / 4 groups
    Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Weight 5 oz (141.8 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.701 x 2.126 x 1.969"
  • 7x50 Illuminated Finderscope
    Weight 0.80 lb (365g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 3.2 x 2.7"
  • Finder Bracket Shoe
    Weight 3.4 oz (96g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.8 x 2.0 x 1.1"
  • 50mm SX Finder Bracket - Short
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 2.9 x 1.9"
  • Tube Rings with 115mm Inner Diameter
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.75 x 7.5 x 2.75"
  • Flip Mirror System
    Dimensions 2.8 x 4.8 x 5.5" (70 x 122 x 139mm) WxHxD
    Weight 0.66 lb (300 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.25 x 6.5 x 3.0"
  • Metal Carry Handle
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 2.0 x 1.5"
  • Dovetail Tube Plate
    Weight 0.35 lb (160g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 2.1 x 1.6"
  • Dovetail Plate Mounting Block
    Weight 0.48 lb (220g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 6.0 x 4.0"

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