Vixen SXD Sphinx Mount with SX-HAL130 TripodItem#: HN-VIX085
While the outside might look similar to the standard Sphinx Mount, the changes that have happened under the hood are huge! Incorporating one piece hardened steel RA and DEC shafts with needle bearings throughout, the new Sphinx D can handle a load capacity up to 50lbs.
The Sphinx D comes complete with PEC and the incredibly accurate SX Polar Finder Scope.
Astronomers with larger optical tubes and all level of astrophotographers are sure to feel right at home with the intuitive controls that so many have become accustomed to with the standard Sphinx mount. Its 4.7" Color LCD Display gives an exact position against its scrolling star cart, any object is a point and look away!
The innovative STAR BOOK hand controller offers astronomical navigation with a large full color LCD screen. The color screen is a detailed star chart that 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. As you zoom in closer to an object on the display screen, the motor speed automatically becomes finer and as you zoom out the motor speed increases to cover larger distances.
- Solid Steel RA and DEX Axis shafts
- Needle Bearings
- 180 Tooth Brass Worm Gear in both axes
- Interactive Starbook with a 4.7" Color LCD Display - scrolls and zoom into detailed star charts with a built in speaker
- Equatorial Mount Head without Counterweight 15 lbs.
- Mount Capacity 50 lbs.
- Includes one 4.2 lb and one 8.2 lb counterweight
- Full Go-To capabilities to over 22,000 objects
- Universal GP Plate receiver allows many telescopes to mount
- Completely upgradeable firmware and comet database
The Vixen STARBOOK Controller - A hand-held personal planetarium
Vixen is known for its amazing quality and high-end performance. But what Vixen has done with their hand-controller simply makes everyone look inadequate. If you have never had the pleasure of seeing the STARBOOK controller in action, get ready for something pretty exciting. There is simply nothing else like it.
Vixen SX Sphinx, Vixen SXD Sphinx and Vixen ATLUX mounts include the powerful STARBOOK hand controller. At first glance you would think it’s a video game device. STARBOOK is an actual map of the night sky on a LCD screen. The Vixen STARBOOK controller features a large 4.7" Color LCD display and is the command center of the Vixen mount. It features simple navigation buttons on each side of the body and are simple to navigate in the dark. Its dimensions are approximately 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches and weighs approximately 14 oz. At the bottom of the controller you will find a port for connecting STARBOOK to the Equatorial Mount, a LAN Port for communication with a PC and for firmware updates, and an Autoguider Port.
Setting up the mount with the STARBOOK controller is simple. A cable connects the mount to STARBOOK and when the mount is powered on, you are greeted with the Vixen logo on the STARBOOK screen. Simply enter your observing location (longitude, latitude, local date and time) then store the settings for current and future use. The Mount then needs to be put into the "home" position. Simply point the mount north and the telescope tube west. There are also alignment marks on the mounts body to assist you. From the home position you are now ready to align the telescope with the night sky.
Chart Mode and Scope Mode
Before we begin aligning the mount, its important to know that the STARBOOK controller has two "modes". CHART Mode (the screen menu will change to Blue in color when in CHART MODE) or SCOPE MODE (the screen will change to Red in color with in SCOPE MODE). In both modes the STARBOOK will display a map of the night sky with objects named. A cross hair will show its current pointing location. The difference between CHART MODE and SCOPE MODE is the movement of the cross-hair. In CHART MODE, when moving the directional buttons, you will NOT actually move the telescope you will simply move the cross-hair of the chart on the map to a new location. But when in SCOPE MODE, if you move the cross-hair you actually move the telescope mount to that location.
Alignment of the Telescope
Now that the telescope is in the HOME position and the basic time/location information is stored into STARBOOK, you are ready to align the telescope with the night sky. In CHART MODE, simply locate a known star on the map. You could select Vega for example. Align the cross hairs to Vega on the map and select "GOTO". STARBOOK will now automatically switch to SCOPE MODE and begin moving the telescope to where it thinks Vega is. Simply center Vega in your finderscope, then center in your eyepiece and press "ALIGN". Repeat this process for 2 or more stars. Now that your mount is aligned with the night sky you can use STARBOOK to navigate through the night sky.
The Vixen STARBOOK controller can also be used without the mount. For educational learning of the night sky from indoors or on cloudy evenings, STARBOOK can be powered on without the mount. You can explore the night sky in CHART MODE and begin planning your next observing session.
Dimensions & Specifications
Telescope Accessories Series
Vixen Telescope Mounts
- Cigarette lighter for Sphinx and Skypod mounts
- For nights you don't have access to a wall plug-in
- DC power cord
- 6-foot length
- Powers Sphinx and SkyPod mounts
- Input: 100V~240V AC
- Output: 12V DC - 3A, center pin negative
- Plug: 5.5mm OD / 2.1mm ID / 9.5mm Shank
$79.00 to $109.00
- Model types: 4.2 lbs, 6.1 lbs., 8.1 lbs.
- 20mm diameter hole bored to fit .75-inch (19mm) shaft
- Made of machined steel
- Dimensions: 4W x 4.5D x 2H inches
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Comments about Vixen Sphinx SXD Mount with SX-HAL130 Tripod:
I bought it because a friend recommended it for the Japanese quality. It is smooth, accurate and the computer Starbook is very user friendly. I no longer need star charts because they are built into the hand controller. I find myself staying in one part of the sky looking at stuff I normally would not have seen but do now because they show up on the starbook screen. Very cool!
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