Designed with similar specifications as their beefier SXP mount, this lighter-duty Sphinx SXD2 Go-To EQ Mount from Vixen Optics
gets a performance boost by adding the STAR BOOK TEN computer control
system and PF-L polar axis alignment scope. Dual-axis stepper motors,
180-tooth brass worm wheels, and ball bearings, provide a smooth and
precise tracking abilities with little to no vibrations.
included polar axis scope has an illuminated star-pattern reticle that
requires the user to simply superimpose the star pattern over the three
prominent stars over the North Pole for proper polar alignment. With
this simple alignment done, the STAR BOOK TEN controller can be used to
provide full Go-To capabilities with a color display and intuitive menu
system. Outfitted with an internal and updateable database of over
272,000 objects, the SB10 offers phased star charts, customized guided
tours of the night sky, and the ability to program out tracking errors
(PPEC and VPEC) and backlash to improve the precision of the tracking
system during long-duration observation sessions.
The addition of
the HAL 130SXG tripod completes this observation rig, so all that is
required is an optical tube assembly with a Vixen-style dovetail plate.
It is made out of lightweight and durable aluminum to offer stability
when open while maintaining its portability if it has to be carried any
distance to the observation site. Its two-section legs adjust from 25"
to 39" to accommodate a wide variety of users, and folds to just 32
inches. The mount and tripod have a maximum payload capacity of 50
pounds for observation purposes, but if this rig will be used for
astrophotography or imaging, Vixen recommends the max payload be kept to
33 pounds including the counterweights.
STARBOOK TEN Computer Controller
HAL 130SXG Aluminum Tripod
PF-L Polarie Polar Scope
8.1 lb Counterweight
4.2 lb Counterweight
Cigarette-Lighter Plug Cord
Limited 5-Year Warranty
Vixen Optics Sphinx SXD2 Go-To EQ Mount with Polar Scope and Tripod