Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

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Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

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  • 110mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1035mm Focal Length, f/9 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Optics to Maximize Light
  • Single-Speed Internal Focusing Mechanism
  • Multiple Threads for Imaging Accessories
  • Dual 1.25" Eyepiece Holders
  • Internal Flip-Mirror Diagonal
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate
  • 25mm Eyepiece; Red-Dot Finder
  • OTA Only; Mount and Tripod Required
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Mount Options: OTA Only

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Aperture: 110mm F/9

110mm F/9 110mm f/9

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  • 1Description

Ideal for observation or imaging, the Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope 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 VMC110L'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 VMC110L is offered here without a mount or tripod for users who have a reliable support system, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate is included that can be attached on the bottom of the optical tube assembly (OTA) or the side to accommodate a variety of mount configurations. For observations, a 25mm eyepiece is included, as is a red-dot finderscope and bracket.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 110mm aperture
  • f/9 focal ratio
  • 1035mm focal length
  • 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 versus Schmidt-Cassegrain reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Multi-coated optics maximize light transmission to improve brightness, color rendition, sharpness, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.05 arcsec
  • Internal focusing mechanism
Observing/Imaging
  • Dual 1.25" eyepiece holders: One set at 90° and another 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 un-mounting imaging rig
  • 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
  • Plate can be mounted on the side or bottom to accommodate a variety of mount configurations
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
Included Accessories
Eyepiece:

  • 1.25"-barrel diameter
  • Accepts most astronomical filters
  • 25mm eyepiece produces 41x magnification

Finder:

  • Un-magnified 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
UPC: 811971010086
In the Box
Vixen Optics VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • Allen Wrench
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Vixen Optics VMC110L specs

    Optical Design Maksutov‐Cassegrain
    Aperture 110 mm
    Focal Length 1035 mm
    Focal Ratio f/9.4
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90°, internal
    Internal flip-mirror assembly
    Finderscope Red dot
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Vixen-style dovetail plate
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Dimensions 14.6 x 4.7" / 37.0 x 11.9 cm
    Weight 4.6 lb / 2.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.1 x 9.1 x 8.4"

    Vixen Optics VMC110L reviews

    VMC110L 110mm F/9 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Instrument! Excellent telescope! SO comfortable! So portable! And So cheap! Optic is really good (despite rather unusual modified Cassegrain design with open tube). Even in light-polluted city M81/M82 are easy. Leo Triplet (M65/M66/MGC3628) more difficult, but quite observable. Castor split easy, as well as split of zeta Aquarii. Contrast is moderate, GRS on the limit of visibility, but Syrtis Major on Mars is apparently visible during opposition. Enthusiastically recommended.
    Date published: 2014-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read Manual for Collimation If one reads the instruction manual it is stated that the collimation screws are held in place with a bit of adhesive and must be loosened with a solvent before adjustment. Otherwise the screws may break off in their threaded sockets. I have used a friend's model of this scope and it was very easy for him to transport it through the forest in a back pack. Also the flip up mirror system makes for a nice way to peep through the scope without disturbing the camera.
    Date published: 2011-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a 5 star scope. I gave it 5 because, This is the only company that has given thought into making a scope like this. This is a highly desirable category in scopes. It's only competition is well over $2000.00 considering its features and intended use. Not the same performance, but at least I can afford this one.Was going to buy a C90 (the waterproof one with the 90 degree digonal and flip mirror). Then discovered the NEW model was replaced with a stripped down model which reduced it's effective uses dramatically. The Vixen is a finicky little thing though. Sometimes it's fantastic, sometimes not.Needs to be collimated, not by much though. For terrestrial use it works pretty well, but collimation and mirror shift are noticeable for astro use, but still usable. Mirror shift varies (only noticeable with astronomical use). Not sure why this is. I may tinker with it a bit and try to get it better. Considering getting it professionally done. Not sure yet.The jury is still out on whether it can be an excellent scope all around, but I still enjoy using it in its current form.I will update progress and accessory use when applicable.Bottom line,This scope needs competition. ANY competition at all would be healthy for both Vixen, other companies, and consumers.This scope sells very well for a reason. Not because it's awesome (it's not), but because it's useful, fun, and reasonably priced.
    Date published: 2013-04-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good grab&go astronomy solution, not good as a first scope Bought it in addition to my main tube Dob 8. This scope has good optics. Not perfect though, the spherical abberation appears a little on high magnification, 172x and above, but it doesn't disturbs at all. SW 1149 newton's aberration is bigger. Castor is divided easily. The tube can be very easily disassembled for cleaning, construction is very good. The tube is open, so it cools down very quickly, on -20C frost it cools down in 40-50 minutes, almost as fast as a newton. The aperture ratio is the biggest among all maksutovs, so it is also suitable for clusters and nebulae observations. The tube is light, AZ3 mount carries it without problems on a photo screw, and it can be carried in standart 22l backpack. The weak point of this guy is collimation. Collimation screws are made of butter, replace them immediately after purchase, you will save your nerves. Push-pull system is awkward. Also screws are very short, and they are placed very deep inside the scope, so collimating turns into real torture. The one more drawback is obstruction. I'm not sure that vixen collects more light than sw mak 102. Also the spider is very thick.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a 5 star scope. I gave it 5 because This is the only company that has given thought into making a scope like this. This is a highly desirable category in scopes. It's only competition is well over $2000.00 considering its features and intended use. Not the same performance, but at least I can afford this one. Was going to buy a C90 (the waterproof one with the 90 degree digonal and flip mirror). Then discovered the NEW model was replaced with a stripped down model which reduced it's effective uses dramatically. The Vixen is a finicky little thing though. Sometimes it's fantastic, sometimes not. Needs to be collimated, not by much though. For terrestrial use it works pretty well, but collimation and mirror shift are noticeable for astro use, but still usable. Mirror shift varies (only noticeable with astronomical use). Not sure why this is. I may tinker with it a bit and try to get it better. Considering getting it professionally done. Not sure yet. The jury is still out on wether it can be an excellent scope all around, but I still enjoy using it in its current form. I will update progress and accessory use when applicable. Bottom line, This scope needs completion. ANY completion at all would be healthy for both Vixen, other companies, and consumers. This scope sells very well for a reason. Not because it's awesome (it's not), but because it's useful, fun, and reasonably priced.
    Date published: 2013-04-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from read carefully before buy i use this scope every day for astronomy .the scope come with good optics and strong construction my only cons is the telescope comes without good colimation i try to colimate but have 3 bad quality colimation screws this crew are cheap .dont try to adjust to much you have the risk to damage the screws
    Date published: 2010-12-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheap astro lens for travel use Wanted to use it as travel astronomy and telephoto lens but focus is difficult to make on a spot like stars and quite impossible on a complete view like bird watching or landscape pictures. I kept the product for astronomy use in travel.
    Date published: 2012-03-23
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