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
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
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 QuestionsRegarding 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. BeckerQuestion by: Gary A. Becker on Mar 26, 2015 11:46:00 AMHello Gary,
Thank you for your question. According to the manufacturer, the declination problem has been corrected
on the Starbook 10 in relation to the older versions of the Starbook so you should have no problems there.
I spoke to the manufacturer & according to them, they never changed the tripod on this one so this uses
a steel post.
This mount can take any autoguider so you are not just limited to using Vixen autoguiders.Answer by: Rod Gallardy (Admin) on Apr 1, 2015 6:15:00 PMHello! 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 astrophotography...it´s possible? Which accessories (dovetail, rings, etc... ) would I have to buy in addition to this mount ? Best Regards !!!!Question by: DANIEL NOBRE on Apr 26, 2015 6:10:00 AMIt will work, You will need to get The D- Style dovetail for your scope seen here:
and the V to d adapter seen here:
Answer by: Todd R (Admin) on Apr 26, 2015 12:36:00 PMQuestion by: Nagesha Kasinath on May 15, 2015 8:58:00 PMYes, The Skywatcher 120 Espirit is within the payload capacity of this mount. This scope and mount would be a great combination. You will need to get a vixen style dovetail bar to attached the scope to the mount. This is because the Skywatcher 120 Espirit comes with a wider Losmandy style dovetail bar that will not fit the saddle of the SXD2.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Aug 11, 2016 12:15:00 PM
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