Vixen Optics VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

B&H # VIVMC200LOT MFR # 58291
Vixen Optics VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 8" Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Path
  • 1950mm Focal Length, f/9.75 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-coated optics
  • 2" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Mounting Plate
  • OTA Only - Mount and Tripod Required
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  • 1Description

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.

Performance
  • 8" aperture
  • f/9.75 focal ratio
  • 1950mm focal length
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain catadioptric optical configuration
  • Optical design virtually eliminates spherical aberration and field curvature across the entire field of view
  • Meniscus corrector lens reduces obstruction for greater image clarity
  • Sealed OTA results in less maintenance than open-OTA reflector designs
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics
  • Resolution: 0.58 arc sec
  • Rack-and-pinion focuser
    • 2" draw tube produces smoother focusing versus conventional Cassegrain focusing systems
    • 60mm/50.8mm adapter thread for prime and afocal imaging
Handling and Mounting
  • Mount and tripod required
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate fits compatible mount saddles
  • Carry handle: Placed on the rear of the OTA for better balance
UPC: 811971014657
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Vixen Optics VMC200L 8" f/9.75 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
    Aperture 7.9" / 20.0 cm
    Focal Length 1950 mm
    Focal Ratio f/9.75
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2.0"
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope None
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Vixen-style dovetail plate
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Dimensions 20.0 x 9.1" / 51.0 x 23.2 cm
    Weight 13.0 lb / 5.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.5 x 15.4 x 13.2"

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