Vixen Sphinx SXP Equatorial Mount and Tripod (Item #25051) The Vixen SPHINX SXP mount and STAR BOOK hand controller are groundbreaking advancements in high speed, portable GOTO mount technology. The SPHINX is a solid, well built mount that has the look and feel of Vixen quality.
Beginners and seasoned hobbyists will benefit from the portability of the mount, the easy to use controller, the ability to download future upgrades directly to the controller and the versatility of placing a variety of optical tubes on this equatorial mount.
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.
Features and menu options are displayed on the large color screen and are easily navigated with simple buttons on the controller. The STAR BOOK is amazingly easy to use and makes the SPHINX available to a wide range of ages and experience levels.
The SPHINX SXP Mount comes with the STAR BOOK controller and the retractable counterweight shaft and a 1.9kg (4.2 lb) counter weight. This allows you to use and balance a wide range of optical tubes. When using the mount with heavier optical tubes, additional counterweights are available.
The SPHINX mount can be purchased with or without the HAL 130 tripod.The SX HAL130 tripod provides ample stability and has no wobble points in its design. The SX HAL130 has a larger base to carry the SX mount. The tripod extends from 81cm to 130cm and weighs 12 lbs. (5.5 kg.)
R.A. Slow Motion Axis 180-tooth wheel gears whole circle movement DEC Slow Motion Axis 180-tooth wheel gears whole circle movement R.A. Coordinates Display On the screen of STAR BOOK, 01 min. increments DEC Coordinates Display On the screen of STAR BOOK, 01 arc min. increments Polar Axis Scope Optional Altitude Adjustment 0 degree to 70 degrees (Fine Adjustment with tangent screw:+-15 degrees, 3 step elevation Azimuth Adjustment Double screw fine adjustment Telescope Controller STAR BOOK Power Source DC 12 volts Maximum Loading Weight 12kg/ 26.5 lbs (excluding counterweight) Counterweight 1.9 kg/ 4.2 lbs Weight 6.8 kg/ 15 kbs (without couterweight)