Vixen SXD2 Mount with VC200L Catadioptric Telescope and STAR BOOK TEN

Item #VIX346-1

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  • VISAC highly corrected catadioptric for astro-imaging
  • High resolution at less than 15 micrometers
  • Stars sharp to edge of 35mm format sensors
  • Dual speed focuser for fine focus ability
  • SXD2 German Equatorial Mount with mini tablet-style controller
  • Medium capacity GoTo mount for loads up to 33 pounds
  • STAR BOOK TEN controller has 5” LED screen with great graphics
  • GoTo over 270,000 celestial objects
  • Pre-installed SX polar scope helps with alignment
  • Includes HAL130 tripod; legs extend from 32 to 51 inches
  • 12 pounds of counterweight & DC power cable included
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  • Description

    The Vixen 25085DS consists of the VC200L, an 8” reflector with highly corrected optics that are perfect for astrophotography, and the SXD2 GoTo equatorial mount with a Star Book Ten controller. This is a great intermediate to advanced level equatorial telescope package with dual-axis drive and computerized GoTo electronics.

    About the VC200L Reflector Telescope

    The Vixen VC 200L Reflector telescope is an 8" f/9.0 highly corrected, highly specialized telescope for astro imaging. Vixen's unique catadioptric design features a high precision sixth order aspherical primary mirror, a convex secondary mirror and triplet corrector lens. VISAC is an abbreviation for Vixen's Six-Order Aspherical Cassegrain. The primary mirror is held by a retaining ring, instead of hooks, to decrease flare and enhance contrast. Includes finder scope, carry handle and mounting rail.

    The VISAC System provides high-definition star images to the edge of a wide viewing field and offers exceptionally outstanding performance in astrophotography. Even at the edge of the 35mm film format (larger CCD chips) stars are sharp (smaller than 15 micrometers). This is smaller than the resolution of fine quality CCD cameras, which means that the telescope does not limit the image quality. With its elaborate aspherical optical design, it achieves excellent image correction throughout the large 42 mm fully illuminated field.

    About the Vixen SXD2 Mount

    Vixen has reworked the design and manufacture of its innovative SXD Mount, creating the SXD2 German Equatorial Mount. The SXD2 Mount has a greater loading capacity and is more rigid enabling a more steady platform for astrophotography. The quieter stepping motors ensure you of smooth, quiet slewing with quick response to commands. The Star Book Ten, available previously on the SXP Mount, features an intuitive Star Chart Go-To System on a high definition LCD Screen. Features include night vision screen, hibernate mode, VPEC and PPEC, and optional built in auto guider. Both the RA and DEC Axes are made of sturdy steel with brass wheel gears. This enables the mount to carry loads of up to 50 pounds (including counterweights) for astrophotography.

    Smooth RA and DEC Movement: The inside of the new SXD2 is very different from the previous SX Mounts. Bearings have been added to the shafts of t he RA and DEC axes and the screw gear shafts. The worm screw gears are inspected for strict concentricity and are lapped in the whole-circle for smooth movement.

    Increased Loading Capacity: Both the RA and DEC Axes are made of sturdy steel with brass wheel gears. This enables the mount to carry loads of up to 50 lb. (including counterweights) for the visual observer and 33 lb. for astrophotography.

    STAR BOOK TEN & HAL-130 Tripod Features

    The STAR BOOK TEN is the most advanced astronomical hand controller available and is recommended for anyone interested in exploring the night sky. The innovative STAR BOOK TEN hand controller offers astronomical navigation with a large full-color High Definition LCD screen! The color screen is a detailed star chart that acts as a navigational and GOTO guide for the mount.

    The screen can be displayed with monochromatic red light in order to maximize the accommodation of your eyes to darkness. The operating keys can also be lit in red.

    Hibernate Mode: After selecting to continue the current setup at the initial screen, you can break and restart your automatic slewing and tracking of the mount by just flipping the power switch, if the mount is still in place, without loosening the R.A. and DEC clamp levers.


    Different Tracking Rates: The motion of the moon, the sun, planets and comets have different tracking rates than the stars. The STARBOOK TEN moves the mount at different rates, automatically, dependent upon the target object.

    Artificial Satellite Watching: The STARBOOK TEN has a menu to find and track artificial satellites by entering the orbital elements of the satellites. the ISS and named satellites are pre-registered.

    The HAL130 Tripod provides ample stability and has no wobble points in its design. The HAL130 has a large base to carry the SXD2 mount. The tripod extends from 32" to 51" (81cm to 130cm) and weighs 12 lb.(5.5 kg).

    Supplier SKU

    25085DS

    What's Included

    • Vixen VC 200L Reflector
    • Dual Speed Focuser
    • Optical Finder
    • Carry Handle
    • Vixen-style Mounting Rail
    • SXD2 Equatorial Mount
    • SX Counterweights 3.7kg and 1.9kg
    • STAR BOOK TEN Hand Controller
    • STAR BOOK Cable
    • Cigarette-lighter Plug Cord
    • Strap for STAR BOOK TEN
    • CR2032 Battery for STAR BOOK TEN's built-in clock
    • HAL130 Tripod
    • SXD2 Instruction Manual

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Optical Design:

    Aspherical Cassegrain

    Aperture:

    200 mm

    Focal Ratio:

    f/9

    Focal Length:

    1800 mm

    Limiting Magnitude:

    13.3

    Light Gathering Power:

    816X

    OTA Diameter:

    232 mm

    OTA Length:

    23.6 inches

    OTA Weight:

    13.2 pounds

    Finder:

    Optical Finder

    Mounting Type:

    Vixen Rail

    Mount Type:

    German Equatorial

    GoTo/Tracking/Slewing:

    Via STARBOOK TEN

    Imaging Load Capacity:

    33 lb.

    Visual Load Capacity:

    50 lb. including weights

    RA and DEC Slow Motion:

    Worm and Wheel Gears

    RA Slow Motion Axis:

    180 tooth whole circle movement

    DEC Slow Motion Axis:

    180 tooth whole circle movement

    Altitude Adjustment:

    0° ~ 70 degrees latitude

    Counterweight:

    4.2 lb. and 8.15 lb.

    Motor Type:

    Stepping

    Power:

    12V DC 0.4 to 1.7A

    Mount Weight:

    19.3 pounds without counterweights

    Controller:

    STARBOOK TEN

    Controller Display:

    5” TFT Color LCD WVGA

    Backlighting:

    Yes

    Object Database:

    272,342

    Autoguider Port:

    6 pole, 6 wired modular jack for external unit

    LAN Port:

    10Base-T

    Controller to Mount Connector Port:

    D-SUB 9 pin male plug

    Controller Dimensions:

    6.6 x 6 x 1.18 inches

    Controller Weight:

    14.11 ounces

    Tripod:

    HAL130, adjustable from 32 to 51 inches

    Tripod Weight:

    12 pounds

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