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Vixen SXP Sphinx Professional equatorial mount with Starbook Ten and PF-L polar scope

Vixen SXP Sphinx Professional equatorial mount with Starbook Ten and PF-L polar scope

Vixen SXP-PFL Sphinx Professional german equatorial mount feature Starbook Ten GoTo controller and PF-L illuminated polar scope.

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Vixen SXP Sphinx Professional equatorial mount with Starbook Ten and PF-L polar scope

Vixen

VX-25121

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Vixen SXP-PFL Sphinx Professional german equatorial mount feature Starbook Ten GoTo controller and PF-L illuminated polar scope.

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Vixen SXP-PFL Sphinx Professional german equatorial mount feature Starbook Ten GoTo controller and PF-L 6x20 illuminated polar scope with validity up to 2040.

Features of Vixen SXP mount

  • Comes as standard with all-in-one STAR BOOK TEN which is the new generation of handheld controller with high-definition LCD screen for user-friendliness beyond compare.
  • Incorporates pulse motors with high response to signals and ease of precise control. Vixen's micro-step motion control makes the rotation of the motors very accurate and smooth.
  • The R.A. and DEC wheels have 180 teeth and 72mm in diameter. High-precision NC machined wheels and worm gears made of brass for the most accurate possible tracking.
  • The R.A. and DEC shafts are made of strong carbon steel. The rotational parts of the SPX mount have 15 bearing pieces. This provides extremely smooth motion for tracking and slewing to the target object.
  • A unique structure of the Sphinx declination body acting as part of a counterweight is succeeded. A highly portable equatorial mount which has high payload capacity, rigidness and ease of operation.
  • Periodic error corrections you made are saved and retained for improvement if you turn off the power.
  • The function of Cross over Meridian allows you to change the timing of the reverse motion of the optical tube. It is a convenient feature if photographing an object in the culmination.

Features of STAR BOOK TEN

Large Color LCD screen

The LCD of STAR BOOK TEN is an easy to see 5-inch TFT color liquid-crystal display. Its high-resolution WVGA screen (800×480, 65535 colors) shows you vivid images of stars.

Night Vision

As astronomical observation is done outside at night, the observer' eyes are adjusted to a dark field environment. A bight white light from the screen will reduce night vision and it will be more difficult for the observer to temporarily see in the darkness. The night vision feature illuminates the whole screen in red, if applied, and will limit the brightness to the observer's eyes.

Backlit Keys

All command and direction keys can be backlit in red to let you identify the keys in the dark. The backlit keys can be adjusted or turned off.

High CPU Speed

STAR BOOK TEN has a CPU with 324MHz clock speed which is about 5 times as fast as the CPU of STAR BOOK. This makes star chart screens more vivid and quick to load.

Easy-to-Use Menus

The STAR BOOK TEN allows you to call up menus of celestial objects to target in SCOPE MODE as well as in CHART MODE. In addition, you can choose your target by scrolling the star chart screen in CHART MODE. Frequently used menus are allocated to each of ten keys. This allows you to call up a certain menu directly by hitting a corresponding number key.

Celestial Object Database

STAR BOOK TEN contains more than 270,000 celestial objects, including 258,977 stars from the SAO star catalogue, 109 Messier objects, 7,840 NGC objects and 5,386 IC objects, the sun, moon and planets of our solar system. You can call up objects by its common name if available.

P-PEC

Periodic error corrections you have done to improve tracking accuracy of the mount are saved and retained if you turn off the power. The P-PEC data can be called up next time you use the mount for visual observation and astrophotography.

Chasing Satellite

Entering orbital elements of a satellite allows you to slew to an artificial satellite and track it automatically with STAR BOOK TEN. You can enter the orbital elements of up to 10 satellites directly on the STAR BOOK TEN or via a PC through LAN connection.

Chasing Comet

Entering orbital elements of a comet allows you to slew to a comet and track it automatically with STAR BOOK TEN. You can enter the orbital elements of up to 10 comets directly on the STAR BOOK TEN or via a PC through LAN connection.

User Defined Objects

STAR BOOK TEN can store user defined objects. You can save additional celestial objects and interesting celestial objects that you are planning to photograph. You can enter position data of up to 10 objects directly on the STAR BOOK TEN or via a PC through LAN connection.

Different Tracking Rate

It is possible to change the tracking rate according to the type of object you observe. The motion of the sun, moon, planet or comet can be followed independently of the sidereal rate.

Advanced Alignment Algorithm

An accurate alignment can be achieved with the STAR BOOK TEN by simply choosing two stars at random of over 10 degrees apart from each other. If your additional star for alignment is not suitable to reinforce the accuracy of alignment, the STAR BOOK TEN will distinguish its position data from the appropriate ones with a mark. Thus, the marked position data is not included. If your additional star for alignment is located within 10 degrees, the STAR BOOK TEN will alert you with a dialog box. If you continue the alignment for addition, already existing position data within 10 degrees will be erased. You can enter the position data of up to 20 stars on the STAR BOOK TEN.

Hibernate

STAR BOOK TEN has a large capacity of backup memory where your alignment information can be stored. This allows you to turn off the power of the mount temporarily to save batteries. The mount resumes tracking and "Go To" slewing perfectly when you turn on the power again.

Versatile Display Option

You can customize information of celestial objects displayed on the screen of the STAR BOOK TEN according to your needs of operation. The display of the celestial objects can be limited to the following:-

Constellation

ON or OFF of constellation line, constellation name and/or its abbreviated name

Star by magnitude at the widest star chart

Brighter than 4th mag., brighter than 5th mag.,
brighter than 6th mag., brighter than 7th mag.,
brighter than 8th mag.

Star by name at the widest star chart

OFF, brighter than 1st mag., brighter than 2nd mag., brighter than 3rd mag., brighter than 4th mag., brighter than 5th mag. or always ON

Stars by Bayer designation at the widest star chart

OFF, brighter than 1st mag., brighter than 2nd mag., brighter than 3rd mag., brighter than 4th mag., brighter than 5th mag. or always ON

Sun, Moon and Planets

ON or OFF

Comet

ON or OFF

Satellite

ON or OFF

RA DEC Grids

ON or OFF

Center Circle

ON or OFF

Catalogue Objects

ON or OFF of Messier, NGC and/or IC objects by magnitude

Direction Keys

The direction keys provide a direction of the movement of the AXD equatorial mount for the following modes:-

ALTAZ

Terrestrial coordinates

It allows you to slews the telescope to a horizontally (left and right) and a vertically (up and down) direction by intuition.

RADEC

Celestial coordinates

It allows you to slew the telescope parallel to the direction of the right ascension and declination.

X-Y

Mechanical coordinates

It allows you to slew the telescope along with the two mechanical axes of the mount. If the mount is precisely polar aligned, the telescope will turn in the direction of RA. One key corresponds to one direction only.

P-PEC (Permanent Periodic Error Correction)

Your record of periodic error corrections is retained for the next use after the mount is powered off.

Backlash Compensation

This allows for smooth tracking of the mount without backlash motion.

Autoguider

This function allows you to perform autoguiding in combination with optional accessories for imaging.

Go To Speed

The speed of automatic Go To slewing can be varied from the maximum 800 times of the sidereal rate to decrease its electricity consumption and the sound of the motor.

Motor Power

This is a power saving option that allows you to minimize the electricity consumptions of the motors according to a less weight loaded.

Mount Type

This option allows you to set up the mount for either easy visual observation or serious astrophotography.

Equatorial without Polar Setting

Establishing star alignment in several points spread across the sky will make the Go To slewing and tracking more accurate. No need for a polar alignment.

Equatorial with Polar Setting

The accuracy of the tracking depends on how precisely the mount has been aligned to the celestial pole. The mount does not work in the direction of DEC for corrections unless the corresponding keys are pressed. Suitable for long exposure astrophotography.

Atmospheric Refraction

This option allows you to compensate or diminish the affect of the atmospheric refraction to the celestial objects near the horizon.

Cross Over Meridian

The mount has a safety function which allows the optical tube to turn in the opposite direction when the observing object comes to its culmination. However, if you are imaging and plan to do an exposure over the culmination, use this option to change the timing of the reverse motion of the optical tube.

Expansion Slot

STAR BOOK TEN includes an expansion slot. The expansion slot allows you to retrofit an expansion module which functions as autoguider at present. An expansion module for auto-guiding is optional.

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