Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only)

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Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 200mm Modified Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1950mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Optics Maximize Light
  • Internal Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Multiple Threads for Imaging Accessories
  • Prime Focus, Afocal, Projection Imaging
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate/ Carry Handle
  • OTA Only - Mount and Tripod Required
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Vixen Optics VMC200L overview

  • 1Description

Optimized for observation and imaging, the Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope features a modified Maksutov design that exchanges the conventional front corrector plate of a Schmidt with a convex meniscus lens, resulting in a smaller secondary mirror that limits obstruction and increases contrast, while eliminating the need for periodic collimation. This "Field-Maksutov" optical path results in a faster focal ratio versus standard Maksutovs and a narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt, but the optical benefits when coupled with the large aperture and multi-coated optics makes this an ideal scope for solar, lunar, and planetary observations, while being able to resolve bright deep sky objects like stars, clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

This version of the VMC200L is offered here without a mount or tripod, for users who have a reliable support system, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate is included along with a carrying handle for safe and secure setup and breakdown.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 200mm aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1950mm focal length
  • Modified Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations, and comas (off-axis aberration) across the entire field of view
  • Smaller secondary mirror reduces obstructions and increases contrast versus Schmidt-Cassegrain models
  • Multi-coated optics maximize light transmission to improve brightness, color rendition, sharpness, and contrast
  • Resolution: 0.58 arcsec
Imaging and Observing
  • Internal rack-and-pinion focusing mechanism eliminates the common image shift in standard SCT focusers for sharper focusing during imaging and observation sessions
  • Ideal for prime-focus and eyepiece projection techniques
  • 60mm and 42mm T-ring threads for cameras and imaging systems
  • 2" and 1.25" push-fit eyepiece holders to accept the two most common sizes of eyepieces and accessories
  • Optical tube assembly only; mount and tripod required for proper use
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate makes it compatible with the most common saddle
  • Carrying handle adds security during setup and breakdown
  • Weight: 13 pounds
UPC: 811971014657
In the Box
Vixen Optics VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only)
  • Dovetail Plate
  • Carry Handle
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Vixen Optics VMC200L specs

    Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
    Aperture 200mm
    Focal Length 1950mm
    Focal Ratio f/9.75
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2", 1.25"
    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
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    Package Weight 20.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.5 x 15.4 x 13.2"

    Vixen Optics VMC200L reviews

    VMC200L 200mm f/10 Field-Maksutov Telescope (OTA Only) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent telescope, another quality Vixen product. Telescope arrived very fast and double boxed. Collimation of telescope was spot on as shipped. Telescope is very light weight for an 8 inch scope at only 12 pounds. The picture incorrectly shows accessories not part of this item number, the text is correct stating it only is the ota and no finder or flip mirror is included. I knew this but other people may not notice, B&H should update the picture. Views are crisp and clear and the focus is excellent. I see no need for an optional dual speed focus knob that is available for an extra cost. Done astrophotography and had no trouble focusing my DSLR. Could resolve the globular cluster M13 with many pinpoint stars. Detail on Mars and Saturn are excellent the large center obstruction is not a problem for me. I find the scope to be better that a SCT as far as edge sharpness is concerned. Very happy with this telescope. I own several high end telescopes and rate this Vixen very highly. That being said it is not comparable to a very high end APO costing 5 or 6 times the cost. You get what you pay for and the VMC200L is an excellent telescope.
    Date published: 2016-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent telescope for the money The Vixen VMC200L offers excellent value in a telescope. The 200mm primary mirror provides nearly 8 of aperture, which provides sufficient light grasp to observe many astronomical objects. Focusing is done via a smooth operating rack and pinion focuser with a 2 drawtube so the primary mirror does not move while focusing and there is absolutely zero image shifting while focusing as a result. Also unlike a more common SCT, the tube is not enclosed by a corrector plate, which allows the scope to cool down (reach ambient temperature) significantly faster than an enclosed SCT or MCT. Also, no corrector plate reduces the dewing issue unless the humidity is extremely high and the wind is calm. The included attached metal handle makes mounting the optical tube to a GEM much more convenient and feels a lot safer holding the scope while securing the dovetail. Although the spider vanes holding the secondary are fairly thick, the structure holds collimation well and the scope was delivered without need for of collimation. Also this made in Japan optical tube is backed by a Vixen 5 year warranty.
    Date published: 2017-03-04
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