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Similar to their Schmidt cousins, Vixen Optics's VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope exchanges the front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens which not only eliminates the need for periodic collimation but it results in the light being corrected twice along the optical path, virtually eliminating spherical aberration and field curvature across the entire field of view. The front meniscus lens also requires a smaller secondary mirror that often limits obstruction and increases contrast. The Mak-Cass optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cass, but the optical benefits makes this equally powerful for use as an observational OTA or imaging astrograph.
Vixen replaces the normal focusing mechanism used in most catadioptric systems with a standard 2" rack-and-pinion focuser that is placed behind the primary mirror, eliminating image shift associated conventional SCT telescopes. The focuser has threads for prime focus imaging and accepts a variety of optical and astrophotography accessories to expand the use and functionality of the scope. While the VMC200L is offered here without a mount or tripod, it does come with a Vixen-style dovetail plate to fit onto compatible mount saddles, and an integrated handle helps with set up and break down. The handle is situated toward the back of the OTA, over its center of gravity, for easier handling.