Vixen Sphinx SXD2 EQ Mount w/ Starbook 10 & Tripod

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Vixen Sphinx SXD2 EQ Mount w/ Starbook 10 & Tripod

Regular Price: $2,999.00

Special Price $2,399.00

Item # VX-25101HAL130
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  • The Vixen Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount is an updated model of the SXD mount. The weight capacity has increased to 50 lb, the rotation shafts are carbon steel, the wheel gears are now brass, the SXD2 uses stepping motors instead of DC Servo motors, and the controller has been upgraded to the Star Book Ten!
  • The Starbook Ten controller allows you to navigate the night sky via its large, full color high-def LCD screen. Its like tablet made just for celestial navigation with the Sphinx SXD2!
  • The mount design of the Vixen Sphinx SXD2 is very unique; it uses the body of the mount as part of the counterweight system. Very smart.
  • A built-in 6x20 polar finder with patterns for bolt the North and South Hemisphere.
  • This Vixen Sphinx SXD2 comes with a HALSXG130 tripod, which is more than sturdy enough to carry the mount and your telescope OTA. The HALSXG130 has legs that adjust from 32" - 51", and it weighs 12 lb.
  • The SXD2 also comes with, at no additional charge, the Vixen Advanced Unit upgrade to the Starbook 10- notably increasing its auto-guiding capacity and power!


Vixen Sphinx SXD2 Equatorial Mount with HALSXG130 Tripod

Vixen has reworked the design and manufacture of its innovative SXD 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 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 even an optional built in auto-guider.

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 pounds (including counterweights) for astrophotography.

Smooth R.A and DEC Movement: The inside of the Vixen Sphinx SXD2 is very different from the previous SX equatorial mounts. Bearings have been added to the shafts of the 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.

Unique Mount Design: The Vixen Sphinx SXD2 Mount is designed so that the mount body acts as part of the counterweight system. Periodic Error Correction: Data from your PE correction input is saved for your next observing session.

Polar Axis Scope: The Sphinx SXD2 Mount includes a built-in 6x20 polar axis scope. It has an 8º field of view, a bubble level, an illuminated reticle, and accuracy to within 3 minutes.

  • Time Graduation Circle: 10 Minute Increments
  • Date Graduation Circle: 2 Day Increments
  • Meridian Offset Circle: Adjustable between E20° and W20° in 5° increments
  • Northern Hemisphere: Polaris pattern with reticle (Applicable to year 2025)
  • Southern Hemisphere: Octantal 4 stars pattern with reticle

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

This Sphinx SXD2 mount comes with the HALSX130 tripod. The HAL130SX tripod provides ample stability and has no wobble points in its design. The tripod has a large base to carry the Sphinx SXD2 mount, and the legs extend from 32" to 51" (81cm to 130cm). The Vixen HALSX130 tripod weighs 12 lb (5.5 kg)

Vixen Sphinx SXD2 German Equatorial Mount Specifications

It also comes with the Vixen Advanced Unit. This is an upgrade for your Vixen Starbook Ten- enhancing your auto-guiding capabilities notably! This unit allows you to view an image from a CCD camera, record or play back from an SD card and adjust the shutter exposure controls of a DSLR camera, while also functioning with a built in Auto-Guider! Video images by analog AV signal, can be displayed on the screen of the Starbook Ten. The video images can be recorded onto a memory card (sold separately). Remote shutter release control of a DSLR camera is also possible.

User's Instructions Here!

  • R.A. Slow Motion Axis: 180-tooth worm & wheel gears whole circle movement
  • DEC Slow Motion Axis: 180-tooth worm & wheel gears whole circle movement
  • R.A.Display: On screen Starbook Ten, 0.1 min increments
  • DEC Display: On screen Starbook Ten, 0.1 min increments
  • Polar Axis Scope: SX Polar Axis Scope (pre-installed)
  • Altitude Adjustment: 0° to 70°, separated by three zones for fine adjustment with tangent screws +/- 15º
  • Telescope Controller: Star Book Ten, 1200x maximum slewing speed
  • Power Source: DC 12 volts, 0.4 to 1.7A
  • Power Connecting Terminal: DC12V EIAJ RC5320A Class 4/li>
  • Maximum Loading Weight: 50 lb with Counterweights
  • Counterweight: 1.9 kg/ 4.2 lb ; 3.7kg/8 lb
  • Dimensions: 36 cm x 36 cm x 12 cm
  • Weight: 19.3 lb (without counterweights)

Manufacturer Product Number: 25101HAL130
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU VX-25101HAL130
Head Design Equatorial
Tripod or Pier Included? Yes
GPS Included? No
Electronics Included Computerized - GoTo
Manufacturer Vixen
Warranty 5 Year Warranty
Hand Controller Included Vixen Starbook 10
# of Counterweights Included 2
Weight of Counterweights 4.2 lbs and 8.15 lbs
Tracking Rates Lunar, Sidereal, Solar
Mount Special Features Integrated Bubble Level, Integrated Polar Finder
Saddle Width V Series
Weight Capacity 50 lbs. counterweights included
Leg Length 31.7” – 51”
Accessory Tray Included? Yes
Material Aluminum
Power Supply Included DC Battery Adapter
Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South
Latitude Range 0º - 70º
Weight of Tripod/Monopod 15 lbs.
Weight of Head 19.3 pounds
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Regarding the Vixen Sphinx SXD2 EQ Mount w/ Starbook 10 & Tripod:

Has Vixen corrected the declination problem which the older SXD hand controller possessed? It made astrophotography nearly impossible. RA correction was instantaneous. Dec. correction took about 5 seconds to engage before in the guide mode. I was very frustrating.

Does this new SXD2 mount come with the new tripod which possesses a steel post rather than the cast aluminum post of the older version?

Must you purchase a Vixen autoguider system or will the new Starbook 10 accept models from other manufacturers?

Thanks for your input.

Gary A. Becker
Hello! My name is Daniel, and I live in Brazil...I have a LX90 12" ACF and I would like to try this mount with the Meade OTA for´s possible? Which accessories (dovetail, rings, etc... ) would I have to buy in addition to this mount ? Best Regards !!!!
I have skywatcher espirit 120mm APO refractor. Does this mount work with that telescope?
Does this tripod and mount include the half pillar? Thanks.
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