Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod

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Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod

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  • Motorized Computer-Controlled EQ Mount
  • Precision Dual-Axis Stepper Motor
  • Star Book Ten Hand Controller
  • 272,342-Object Database
  • 5" TFT Color Display, WVGA Resolution
  • Permanent PEC and Proprietary Vixen PEC
  • Backlash Compensation
  • PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 50 pounds
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Vixen Optics SXD2 overview

  • 1Description

Designed with similar specifications as their beefier SXP mount, this lighter-duty Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount from Vixen Optics gets a performance boost by adding the Star Book Ten computer control system and PF-L polar axis alignment scope. Dual-axis stepper motors, 180-tooth brass worm wheels, and ball bearings provide smooth and precise tracking abilities with little to no vibrations.

The included polar axis scope has an illuminated star-pattern reticle that requires the user to simply superimpose the star pattern over the three prominent stars over the North Pole for proper polar alignment. With this simple alignment done, the Star Book Ten (SB10) controller can be used to provide full GoTo capabilities with a color display and intuitive menu system. Outfitted with an internal and updatable database of over 272,000 objects, the SB10 offers phased star charts, customized guided tours of the night sky, and the ability to program out tracking errors with Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) and Vixen Periodic Error Correction (VPEC) and backlash to improve the precision of the tracking system during long-duration observation sessions.

The addition of the HAL 130SXG tripod completes this observation rig, so all that is required is an optical tube assembly with a Vixen-style dovetail plate. It is made out of lightweight and durable aluminum to offer stability when open while maintaining its portability if it has to be carried any distance to the observation site. Its two-section legs adjust from 25 to 39" to accommodate a wide variety of users, and it folds up to just 32 inches. The mount and tripod have a maximum payload capacity of 50 pounds for observation purposes, but if this rig will be used for astrophotography or imaging, Vixen recommends the max payload be kept to 33 pounds including the counterweights.

  • Motorized German equatorial design
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle accepts any compatible optical tube assembly (OTA)
  • Azimuth adjustment:
    • ±7°, fine adjustment
    • Twin tangent knobs, 1.2° per rotation
  • Altitude adjustment:
    • 0 to 70°
    • Three altitude zone settings for easier adjustment
    • 2° increment scale
    • Twin T-bar adjustment handles: 0.8° per rotation
  • Payload capacity:
    • 50 pounds recommended for observation use
    • 33 pounds recommended for astrophotography/imaging
    • Capacity includes counterweights
  • 20mm retractable counterweight bar
    • 4.2-pound counterweight
    • 8-pound counterweight
  • Runs on 12 VDC power supply
Gears and Motors
  • Dual stepping (pulse) motors, 250PPS (pulse per second)
  • 9mm diameter, brass worm gears
  • Right ascension and declination gears:
    • 180-tooth 360° micro-movement gear
    • 72mm diameter
    • Brass wheel
  • Right ascension axis:
    • 35mm diameter
    • Carbon steel
  • Declination axis:
    • 40mm diameter
    • Carbon steel
  • Nine ball bearings reduce vibrations and allow for smooth tracking
Star Book Ten Computer Controller
  • 5" TFT full-color display
  • Phased star charts display only relevant info for what is visible overhead
  • Automatic GoTo Slewing
  • Sidereal tracking and different tracking rates for the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and artificial satellites
  • Proprietary Vixen Periodic Error Protection (VPEC):
    • Intrinsic errors are measured and entered into memory at the factory for precision tracking out of the box
    • Use with PPEC to boost tracking performance
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) enables you to train out tracking errors for more accurate tracking over extended periods of time, such as long-exposure astrophotography
  • Backlash compensation allows you to train out the play inherent in all gears for more precise tracking
  • LAN port to update database via Internet
  • Powered by mount via controller cable
  • Database:
    • 272,342 objects
    • NC objects: 784
    • IC objects: 5386
    • Messier objects:109
    • 7 planets
    • 1 quasi-planet
    • Moon and Sun
Polarie PF-L Polar Axis Scope
  • 6x power magnifies view while maintaining a wide angle of view
  • 20mm objective lens diameter
  • Ease of use: In the Northern Hemisphere, align three bright stars with the corresponding pattern on the scope's illuminated reticle
  • No need to set hour angle
  • Red illumination allows reticle to be easily seen without affecting night-adjusted vision
  • Eight adjustable intensity levels allow precise brightness control
  • Automatic off function after 2 minutes to conserve battery power
HAL 130 Tripod
  • Lightweight and durable aluminum legs
  • Two leg sections with secure thumbscrew locks
  • Variable height: 25 to 39"
  • Spiked feet provide added stability on soft or uneven ground
  • Folded length: 32"
UPC: 811971018600
In the Box
Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 GoTo EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod
  • STARBOOK TEN Computer Controller
  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
  • PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 8.1 lb Counterweight
  • 4.2 lb Counterweight
  • Cigarette-Lighter Plug Cord
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Vixen Optics SXD2 specs

    Mount Type German Equatorial
    Load Capacity Observation: 50.0 lb / 22.7 kg
    Astrophotography: 33.0 lb / 15.0. kg
    Capacity includes counterweights
    Motor 2 x Stepping (pulse) motors
    250 PPS
    GoTo Capability Yes, with included Star Book Ten controller
    Altitude / Azimuth Adjustment Alt: 0 to 70°
    Az: ±7°
    Polar Axis Scope PF-L Polarie
    Includes Tripod/Pier Aluminum
    Variable Height: 25 - 39" / 63.5 - 99.1 cm
    Payload capacity: 77 lb / 35 kg
    Counterweights 1 x 8.0 lb / 3.6 kg
    1 x 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
    Power 12 VDC
    Dimensions 14.2 x 13.5 x 5.0" / 36.0 x 34.3 x 12.8 cm
    Weight 20.2 lb / 9.2 kg, excluding counterweights
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 54.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.5 x 17.8 x 11.2"

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