Vixen Optics VMC95L 95mm f/11 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

BH #VIVMC95LA • MFR #2614
Vixen Optics
Vixen Optics VMC95L 95mm f/11 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
Key Features
  • 95mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1050mm Focal Length, f/11 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Optics to Maximize Light
  • Single-Speed Internal Focusing Mechanism
Lightweight, portable, and powerful, the Vixen Optics VMC95L 95mm f/11 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is an ideal choice for observation or imaging. It features an internal flip-mirror mechanism that allows the light path to be directed toward one of two points: 90° upward or straight through. This configuration supports the use of two eyepieces for quickly changing magnification without having to switch eyepieces, or of an eyepiece at the 90° position and an imaging system straight through. For imaging, simply flip the mirror up to check alignment and tracking accuracy between exposures and flip it back down to use the camera. The straight-through port has threads that accept most imaging and camera mounting rings for eyepiece projection, prime-focus, and afocal imaging techniques.
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$339.00

Vixen Optics VMC95L 95mm f/11 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC95L Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Tube Assembly
  • 3Observing/Imaging
  • 4Mounting
  • 5Included Accessories

Lightweight, portable, and powerful, the Vixen Optics VMC95L 95mm f/11 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is an ideal choice for observation or imaging. It features an internal flip-mirror mechanism that allows the light path to be directed toward one of two points: 90° upward or straight through. This configuration supports the use of two eyepieces for quickly changing magnification without having to switch eyepieces, or of an eyepiece at the 90° position and an imaging system straight through. For imaging, simply flip the mirror up to check alignment and tracking accuracy between exposures and flip it back down to use the camera. The straight-through port has threads that accept most imaging and camera mounting rings for eyepiece projection, prime-focus, and afocal imaging techniques.

Optically, the Maksutov design 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. The Maksutov optical path results in a narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt, but the optical benefits, when coupled with the VMC95L's larger aperture and multi-coated optics, make 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 VMC95L is offered here without a mount or tripod, for users who have a reliable support system, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate is included to accommodate a variety of mounts. For observations, a 25mm eyepiece is included, as is a red-dot finderscope and bracket.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • 95mm aperture
  • f/11 focal ratio
  • 1050mm focal length
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberrations) across the entire field of view
  • Smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrain reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Curved-vane secondary mirror mounting "spider" reduces diffraction to improve resolution
  • Multi-coated optics maximize light transmission to improve brightness, color rendition, sharpness, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.22 arcsec
  • Internal focusing mechanism

Observing/Imaging

  • Dual 1.25" eyepiece holders: First set at 90° and second straight through
  • Internal flip mirror allows easy switch between light paths for the use of two eyepieces or eyepiece/imaging combination
  • Able to perform various astrophotography techniques including eyepiece projection, prime-focus, and afocal imaging
  • When imaging, quickly flip mirror to check tracking between exposures without unmounting imaging rig
  • 42mm threads on the straight-through light path enable direct connection of accessories and imaging systems

Mounting

  • Optical tube assembly only; mount and tripod required for proper use
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate
  • Weight: 4 pounds

Included Accessories

Eyepiece:

  • 1.25" barrel diameter
  • Accepts most astronomical filters
  • 25mm eyepiece produces 42x magnification

Finder:

  • Unmagnified view ensures an ultra-wide angle of view for easier alignment and faster star-hopping navigation
  • Simple red aiming dot won't obscure small or dim objects
  • Adjustable brightness prevents interfering with night-adjusted vision
  • Mounting bracket included

Vixen Optics VMC95L Specs

Optical DesignMaksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture95mm
Focal Length1050mm
Focal Ratiof/11.05
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter2 x 1.25"
Diagonal90°, internal
Internal flip-mirror assembly
FinderscopeRed-dot
TripodNone
Mount TypeVixen-style dovetail plate
Power SourceNone
Optical Tube Dimensions14.2 x 4.2" / 36.0 x 10.7 cm
Weight4.0 lb / 1.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.1 x 9.4 x 8.5"
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