Vixen's Sphinx SXW Mount features leading edge innovations developed through decades of experience in building German Equatorial Mounts. The Vixen Sphinx SXW mount and Starbook hand controller are groundbreaking advancements in high speed, portable GoTo mount technology. Easy secure setup - the Sphinx SXW Mount sets up in minutes. One bolt secures it to the tripod. 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 with Vixen's universal dovetail plate.
Sphinx mount and HAL130 tripod
Specifications: Power requirements: DC 12 volts, 0.4 to 1.7 amperes
High speed precise GoTo slewing - the short profile declination head and internal motors greatly improve balance and motion around the RA axis
Specifications: RA slow motion axis: 180 Tooth wheel gear – whole circle movement
Innovative, lightweight design guarantees precise motor control
Specifications: DEC slow motion axis: 180 Tooth wheel gear – whole circle movement
Unique motor layout - the internal placement of the RA and DEC motors allow the motors to act as a built in counterweight
Small telescopes require no additional counterweights
Starbook is the most advanced astronomical hand controller available and is recommended for anyone interested in exploring the night sky
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
Easy to navigate with simple buttons on the controller
Starbook is amazingly easy to use and makes the Sphinx available to a wide range of ages and experience levels
Can be purchased with or without the HAL 130 tripod
SX HAL130 tripod provides ample stability and has no wobble points in its design
Large base to carry SX mount
Tripod extends from 81cm to 130cm and weighs 12 lbs (5.5 kg)
Specifications: Tripod: HAL130
Specifications: Hand controller: Starbook
Specifications: Load capacity: 35 lbs
Specifications: Alignment procedure: 3 Star
Specifications: Database: 22,700 objects
Specifications: RA and dec worm wheel: Aluminum
Specifications: Polar axis scope: Optional
Specifications: Altitude adjustment: 0 to 70° (fine adjustment with tangent screw +/-15°, 3 step elevator)
Specifications: Azimuth adjustment: Double screw fine adjustment
Specifications: Motors: Built in
Retractable counterweight shaft, constructed of corrosion resistant stainless steel, retracts into Sphinx mount body for easy storage
Innovative Starbook hand controller offers astronomical navigation with a large full-color LCD screen
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
Specifications: RA coordinate display: Starbook full color LCD screen, 0.1 min increments
Specifications: DEC coordinate display: Starbook full color LCD screen, 1.0 min sec increments
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