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Vixen Optics VMC200L Catadioptric Optical Tube

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Vixen Optics VMC200L Catadioptric Optical Tube

The VMC200L is a unique 200mm 8 inch catadioptric optical system. It incorporates a primary mirror and a meniscus corrector just before a secondary mirror. By doing so, light is corrected twice on the optical path. The end result is that the spherical aberration and field curvature are corrected to a high degree of optical performance. The VMC200L's primary mirror is F/2.5; the compound optical system is F/9.75. This makes the system much more compact and portable than its competition. With the optical correction placed before the secondary mirror, the VMC200L avoids the necessity of having a corrector plate and all the dewing problems associated with a closed optical tube. This is especially important when using high power magnification or astrophotography. When focusing, the image is stable and easy to adjust. Astronomy technology says, ''The F/9.75 focal ratio is noticeably faster than the typical Maksutov design, which translates into a wider true field of view. Reaching focus is easy... Lightweight, portable, 8 inches of aperture, fast cool down, zero image shift, and reasonably priced. I guess it may be possible to have your cake and eat it too.''


  • <Optical tube only, no accessories
  • Optical design: Modified catadioptric reflector
  • Rack and pinion focusing placed behind primary mirror
  • Eliminates the image shift associated with most other SCT systems
  • Astrophotography: Prime focus, eyepiece projection and afocal imaging
  • Aperture: 200mm
  • Focal ratio: F/9.75
  • Resolving power: 0.58 arc sec
  • Limiting magnitude: 13.3
  • Light gathering power: 816x
  • Finder scope: Optional
  • Adapter thread: 60mm / 50.8mm
  • Visual back: Compression ring
  • Optical tube diameter: 9.1'' (232mm)
  • Coating: Multi coating


  • Overall Product Weight: 23lbs

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Vixen Optics VMC200L Catadioptric Optical Tube

Weights & Dimensions

  • Focal length: 1950mm
  • Optical tube length: 20'' (510mm)
  • Optical tube weight: 5.9 lbs
  • Overall Product Weight: 23lbs


Telescope Type: Catadioptric; Reflecting; Optical tubeColor: White
Usage: AstrophotographyAperture Size: 200 Millimeters
Magnification: 816 

About the Manufacturer

The Vixen Co., Ltd has manufactured the most respected line of Telescopes and Mounts in Japan since 1949, where it is the #1 selling brand. Vixen produces a varied selection of telescopes, mounts, binoculars and spotting scopes. Each product is fully inspected to meet Vixen's high standard of quality.

Vixen has created unique, high quality optical products and was the first to introduce a Go-To Mount for astronomical telescopes.

Vixen Optics VMC200L Catadioptric Optical Tube

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