The VMC200L is a unique design that employs a meniscus corrector lens along with two high-precision spherical mirrors to help eliminate spherical aberration and yield a sharp image with no hint of false color. The VMC200L offers excellent performance for both visual and photographic use. The open tube design eliminates the dew problem that is common with conventional Schmidt-Cassegrain systems.
Its compact size makes it very easy to handle. The rack and pinion focuser accepts 2" eyepieces and accessories with an adapter. The Vixen VMC200L is a telescope suitable for observation of all types of celestial objects. It benefits from a new, lighter-weight optical tube with improved anti reflection coatings, a metal carrying handle and a 7x50 finderscope.
The Sphinx equatorial mount and Starbook controller have been intelligently engineered for high-speed automatic location of celestial objects. It is now possible to explore the beauty of the night sky with greater ease and stability. The Sphinx comes standard with built in motors and the world's first star chart go-to controller, Starbook, with a large full color LCD display.
The Starbook is easy to use and makes the Sphinx available to a wide range of ages and experience levels. A large astronomical database with 22,725 celestial objects is stored. A LAN Port within the controller allows for computer control and network connectivity. The Starbook is also compatible with an auto guider (including SBIG ST). The auto-guider port comes standard on all controllers.
Features of the SPHINX equatorial mount:
180-tooth worm gears for fine full circle motion.
22lbs. recommended loading capacity for a wide range of optical tubes.
Built in DC servo motors allow for improved motion of the polar axis rotation and reduce the need for heavy counterweights.
A retractable counterweight shaft provides easy storage and transportation.
The mount comes on an improved SX-HAL110 heavy duty aluminum tripod.
An optional illuminated polar axis scope can be easily added to the mount body.
The mount utilizes the standard Vixen dovetail bracket for attachment of telescopes.
Power: 12V, center pin positive
Main features of the STAR BOOK controller:
Large color liquid crystal display. (4.7 inch, 320x420 pixels, STN, 4096 colors)
High Speed Internal CPU (32 bit RISC processor, 75MHz, 8MB SDRAM, 4MB Flash ROM upgradeable)
Zoom-In/Out buttons for the color star chart display also control the motor speed. As you zoom in closer to an object on the display, the motor speed becomes finer and as you zoom out, the motor speed increases to cover larger distances.
Construction Catadioptric reflector
Primary Mirror f=500mm, f/2.5
Secondary Mirror d=72mm, magnification 3.9x
Distance Primary Secondary ~330mm
Central Obstruction 80mm diameter (40% of d)
Theoretical Resolution (Dawes) 0.63"
Theoretical Min Mag 13.3
Tube Length ~525mm incl. focuser
Finder Scope 7x50
Tube Weight 5.9kg
Vixen VMC200L Telescope Tube
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