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#1 Starpoke


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 05:53 PM

I have been lurking a bit but mainly chashing after other ADHD illusions such as photography, geneology, G qauge trains, and computers. I got bummed out when my CG5 goto went insane and have confind my activity to just a few Astro club meeting. But my juices got fired up when I saw a Vixen Sphinx on Ebay listed at a low price. The seller seemed a little scary but scope-lust took over and I got it pretty cheap; for a Sphinx, that is. All it needed was a half-piler, polar scope, power cord, manual, case and a soft ware upgrade. Whoops! I probably could have got an Atlas or a used G-8 for what I eventually spent, but I am going to stick with the bird in hnad, so to speak.
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#2 Ranger Tim

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 06:41 PM

Make sure to visit the Sphinx Yahoo Group for more information. Be sure to loosen the RA and DEC clutches when storing to prevent damage. Be careful when fastening the head to the tripod and hold it with one hand securely. Always plug in the Star Book cord before applying power to the mount. Align on two stars on one side before adding two from the other. More alignments will produce very good accuracy IF you have centered the objects properly - I use a reticle eyepiece for alignment.

Good luck and enjoy the mount. I will keep mine for a portable visual rig regardless of what I upgrade to for AP. While useable for AP I want a mount that has more capacity and less "personality." Drop me a PM if you need help figuring out the polar scope settings - it is a very accurate device.

#3 Renae Gage

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:06 PM

While useable for AP I want a mount that has more capacity and less "personality."

My sentiments exactly. I think I could pier mount the sphinx for more capacity, but that sort of defeats the charm of the mount. I've been half-heartedly trying to sell mine, but I may keep 'er for a portable and/or wide field if the right offer doesn't come along.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:07 AM

Welcome to the sphinx. I have an sxd. It has it's quirks. After getting more used to the star book I find I can keep it dark most of the time which is my biggest issue along with a sometimes jumpy manual skewingl
I use an apple extreme base station sometimes to drive the mount off of my iPhone 4 or iPad running sky safari. Many people are looking at the nexsxd board which replaces the vixen control board and allows use of a Celestron HC which has much better promise for AP as well as dumping the quirky star book and keeping the great vixen mount you bought.

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