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Vixen Optics' Advanced Polaris-M Mount with VMC110L Cassegrain Telescope is a complete astronomy platform that is ideal for detailed observations of our solar system and beyond. The addition of the AP-M mount allows for prolonged observation sessions or long-exposure astrophotography of single subjects without excessive tracking errors. Similar to their Schmidt cousins, the Mak-Cass configuration exchanges the Schmidt's front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens which not only eliminates the need for periodic collimation, but the nature of the lens requires a smaller secondary mirror to limit obstruction and increase contrast. This optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt, but the optical benefits make this an ideal scope for planetary and double-star observation. For astrophotography, the scope is outfitted with an internal flip-mirror diagonal so users can have an eyepiece at the 90° position and their imaging rig in the other and be able to check position and tracking simply by flipping the mirror down.
The mount's right ascension micro-stepper motor has full-circle brass wheel gear that allows the mount to track over extremely long periods with little error for long-exposure astrophotography or prolonged observation of a single celestial object. While this mount configuration does not have full Go-To capabilities, once you Polar align the mount and manually navigate to your subject, the Star Book One controller will track it across the right ascension all night. This version of the AP-M includes Vixen's TL130 adjustable-height tripod. Use the included Star Book One hand controller to move the scope for navigating and to track celestial objects. Since near and deep sky objects appear to move at different speeds, the controller features celestial, solar, lunar, and King's rate tracking speeds, in addition to slew speeds from 0.05x to 1000x. An integrated autoguider port adds to the mount's usability.
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Vixen Optics Advanced Polaris-M Mount with VMC110L Cassegrain Telescope