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The VMC200L from Vixen is well suited to deep sky observing and imaging. This 8.0"/200mm f/9.75 catadioptric telescope features a sophisticated configuration that employs incorporates a primary mirror and a meniscus corrector just before the secondary mirror. The resulting optical path is corrected twice - this eliminates spherical aberration and field curvature while delivering sharper images without false-color. Because the optical correction is placed before the second mirror, there's no need for a corrector plate and the dewing problems associated with it. Another benefit is the elimination of spherical aberrations,
Focusing the VMC200L yields a stable and easy to adjust image. The rack-and-pinion focusing system is placed behind the primary mirror to eliminate image-shift. The focuser accepts 2.0" eyepieces and accessories.
This package includes the VMC200L telescope, Vixen's NLV 25mm eyepiece,a 7x50 finderscope with a flip mirror diagonal that accepts 1.25" eyepieces, the Sphinx SXW mount with the Starbook Go-To system, and the SX-HAL130 aluminum tripod.
Primary mirror: f=500 mm, f/2.5
Secondary mirror: d=72 mm, magnification 3.9x
Distance primary secondary:: ≈330 mm
Central obstruction 80mm diameter, 40% of d
8.0"/200 mm, f=1950 mm, f/9.75 catadioptric system
Open tube design eliminates dewing, speeds up cool-down
Optical path is corrected twice to eliminate spherical aberration and curvature of field
Rack-and-pinion focusing system is placed behind the primary mirror to eliminate image-shift
Sphinx SXW Equatorial Mount
Capacity: 35 lb/16 kg
Slewing speed: ≤5°/sec
Built-in manual movement clutches
180-Tooth brass worm gearing motion
Solid steel movement with needle bearings
Counterweight: 1x 4.2 lb/1.9 kg
Simulates vertical/horizontal altazimuth motion control
Retractable counterweight shaft for ease of storage/transport
Built-in DC motors improve motion, reduce need for counterweights
Starbook Go-To System
Advanced astronomical hand controller
LCD screen: 4.7", 4096-color, 320 x 420 pixels
RISC processor,75 MHz, 32-Bit, 8MB SDRAM, 4 MB Flash ROM
Detailed star chart acts as a navigational and GOTO guide for the mount
Zoom-In/Out buttons for the color star chart display also control the motor speed
Features/ menu options are navigated easily by pushing buttons on the controller
NLV 25 mm Eyepiece
Twist-up eye cup
Eye relief: 20 mm
High-grade lanthanum glass ensures high resolution and contrast
A solid platform designed for the Sphinx mounts. The tripod height varies from 31" to 52" and it weighs in at 12.0 lb/5.5 kg.
In the Box
Vixen Optics VMC200L Telescope with Sphinx SXW Mount