Vixen's Sphinx SXP2 Equatorial Mount was designed for an astrophotographer. This mount builds on leading edge innovations developed through decades of experience designing German Equatorial Mounts.
The Vixen Sphinx SXP2 mount and Star Book Ten hand controller display the best in portable GoTo technology. Vixen's new Sphinx SXP2 Mount comes standard with the Star Book Ten. This new generation of hand held controllers features a high definition LCD screen and the technology to show you the sky before your telescope takes you there. The Vixen SXP2 Mount has a maximum loading weight of 50-pounds for astrophotography and 60-pounds for the visual observer.
Motors: The Sphinx SXP Mount features belt driven motors designed to react smoothly and accurately., eliminating backlash. The micro slow motion control assures you of smooth operation.
R.A and DEC: The R.A. and DEC wheels have 180 teeth. They are high precision machined wheels and worm gears made of brass for the most accurate tracking possible. The R.A. and DEC shafts are comprised of strong carbon steel. The rotational parts have 15 bearings. All this to provides smooth tracking and slewing.
Unique Mount Design: The Sphinx SXP2 Mount is designed so that the mount body acts as part of the counterweight system.
Periodic Error Correction: Data from you input is saved for your next observing session.
Polar Axis Scope: The New Vixen Polarie Polar Scope PF-L improves on the performance of Vixen's original polar scope. Using a 3 star alignment with a smart phone app, setting up alignment is an easy process.
- In the northern hemisphere, the polar axis is aligned by placing three bright stars in the specified positions.
- No need to set hour angle.
- The built-in scale is illuminated in red, so that it is clearly visible in the night sky.
- The brightness of the illumination can be dimmed in 8 increments.
- When pressing the illumination button, the scale is illuminated for one to two minutes.
- Power will automatically turn off after one to two minutes to prevent unnecessary power consumption.
Calculate your offset for using the Star Book system and Configure your Meridian offset and time zone calculator with Vixen's handy tool: HERE
The Star Book Ten is the most advanced astronomical hand controller available and is recommended for anyone interested in exploring the night sky. The innovative Star Book Ten hand controller offers astronomical navigation with a large full-color High Definition LCD screen! The color screen is a detailed star chart that acts as a navigational and GOTO guide for the mount.
Star Book Ten features: HERE
Calculate your offset: World Time zone and meridian offset calculator Calculate your offset for using the STAR BOOK system HERE
Includes the sturdy Vixen HALSXG Tripod: The HAL130 tripod provides ample stability and has no wobble points in its design. The HAL130 has a large base to carry the Sphinx SXP2 mount. The tripod extends from 32-inch to 51-inch (81 cm to 130 cm) and weighs 12 lbs. (5.5 kg.).
The Advance Unit is now available. Installing the Advance Unit on the Star Book Ten enhances your auto guiding capabilities. This 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.