Vixen Optics Sphinx SXP Go-To EQ Mount with PF-L Polarie Polar Scope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXP Go-To EQ Mount with PF-L Polarie Polar Scope and Tripod

Vixen Optics Sphinx SXP Go-To EQ Mount with PF-L Polarie Polar Scope and Tripod

B&H # VISXPPST MFR # 25121HAL130
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Product Highlights

  • 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 Aluminum Tripod
  • Payload Capacity: 35lb + Counterweights
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Vixen Optics SXP overview

  • 1Description

Vixen Optics improved on their Sphinx SXP Go-To EQ Mount by adding the STAR BOOK TEN computer control system and PF-L polar axis alignment scope to help you get set up and observing faster. The Sphinx mount is built in a center-balanced design so that the mount itself acts as part of the counterbalance system allowing smaller and/or lighter OTAs to be mounted without the use of the counterweights. Dual-axis stepper motors, 180-tooth brass worm wheels, and ball bearings, provide a 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 controller can be used to provide full Go-To capabilities with a color display and intuitive menu system. Outfitted with an internal and updateable 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 (PPEC and 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. The are 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 folds 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 35 pounds plus the counterweights.

Mount
  • Motorized German equatorial design
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle accepts any compatible OTA
  • Center-balanced so the mount acts as part of counterbalance system
    • When using smaller OTAs, counterweights might not be required
  • Azimuth adjustment:
    • ±7°, fine adjustment
    • Twin tangent knobs, 1.2° per rotation
  • Altitude adjustment:
    • 0 to 70°
    • 3-altitude zone settings for easier adjustment
    • 2° increment scale
    • Twin T-bar adjustment handles: 0.8° per rotation
  • 35-pound payload capacity plus counterweights
  • 20mm retractable counterweight bar
    • 4.2-pound counterweight
    • 8.15-pound counterweight
  • Runs on 12VDC power supply
Motors and Gears
  • 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 and Declination axes:
    • 40mm diameter
    • Carbon steel
  • Fifteen 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 allows precise brightness control
  • Automatic 'off' function after two minutes conserves battery power
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"
In the Box
Vixen Optics Sphinx SXP Go-To EQ Mount with PF-L Polarie Polar Scope and Tripod
  • HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
  • PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
  • STARBOOK TEN Computer Controller
  • 2 x Counterweights
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Vixen Optics SXP specs

    Mount Type German Equatorial
    Load Capacity 35.2 lb / 16.0 kg
    Motor Stepping (pulse) motor
    250 pps
    GO-TO Capability Star Book Ten controller
    Altitude / Azimuth Adjustment Alt: 0 to 70°
    Az: ±7°
    1.2° per rotation
    Polar Axis Scope PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
    Includes Tripod/Pier Aluminum
    Variable Height: 25 - 39" / 63.5 - 99.1 cm
    Payload capacity: 77 lb / 35 kg
    Counterweights 1 x 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
    1 x 8 lb / 3.7 kg
    Power 12 VDC
    Dimensions 13.5 x 14.0 x 5.0" / 34.3 x 35.6 x 12.8 cm
    Weight 24.25 lb / 11 kg, without counterweights

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